Juneau Alaska trails offer superb opportunities for hiking, biking and walking. Great mountains for steep hikes and alpine views; hidden coves and lake trails; excellent wildlife watching and spectacular scenery.
Juneau is a rainforest with rain to occasional showers. The Mountains are frequently covered with misty clouds. There are over a hundred trails in the City and Borough of Juneau. Alaska State Park trails are outlined here.
Perserverance/Granite Creek Trail
To access the trail from downtown Juneau, take Gold Street to Basin Road and follow it to the end. The trail features old mining ruins, marmots, warblers, wild flowers, and views of Ebner falls. Avalanche dangers exist during the winter and early spring. Be aware of the right side of the trail, which is very steep and hazardous. This trail is excellent for biking and jogging, and within easy walking distance of downtown. More Information
Granite Creek Trail
Begin on the Perseverance Trail at the end of Basin Road. The trailhead is located to the left about 2 miles from the beginning of Perseverance Trail. The trail features wild flowers and berries, Alpine lakes, spectacular water falls, and ends at a beautiful basin. Avoid the trail in winter because of extreme avalanche danger.
Mt. Roberts Trail
The trail begins on Basin Rd., just beyond the wooden trestle bridge. The trail features views of Lynn Canal, bears, marmots, spruce grouse, and wild flowers. The Mt. Roberts Tramway brings thousands of people up this mountain each year. Hikers can pay five dollars for a ride down on the tram. The lower portion of the trail was recently improved, with the SIXTH STREET ENTRANCE NOW CLOSED due to unstable slopes.
The first half mile, though steep, is wide and well built, with stair-steps installed in sections. Once the trail reaches about 700 feet elevation, it emerges in an open area and follows power lines down to the creek. The trail is mostly level from then on with some steep cliffs to the rivers edge. At the end of the 3-mile trail, a more primitive path continues along the powerlines, toward Powerline Ridge with access to Sheep Mountain or Hawthorne Peak.
It is common to see mountain goats walking along the ridges and black bear foraging for berries throughout the valley. The trail is festooned with wild geranium, columbine, shooting stars, chocolate lilies blueberry and salmonberry bushes. In the summer months the sides of the trail are festooned with wild geranium, columbine, shooting stars, chocolate lilies blueberry and salmonberry bushes.
This is a very strenuous hike and very steep in places. I would not try this hike on a rainy day. There are many slick spots and you have to use your hands to climb in some places even on a sunny day. It rises more than 3,500 feet in about 2 miles from a point 1 mile along from the Perseverance trailhead. The trailhead is located to the left about 1 mile from the beginning of Perseverance Trail. Hoary marmots, spruce grouse, and wild flowers and at the top. Many lives have been lost on this mountain because of carelessness. Avalanche danger may persist until late spring, and large snow banks may be present on the steep sections of this trail. (Approx: 7-8 hours round trip; Difficulty: Advanced and strenuous).
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