Mount Juneau provides a dramatic backdrop to Alaska's capital city. Rising over 3,500 feet above the Gastineau Channel, Mount Juneau provides any outdoor adventurist with a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the cruise ship culture of Juneau. Mount Juneau's slopes are steep and heavily vegitated, and heavy avalanche danger can persist on the mountain well into Spring. Though not technical, climbing Mount Juneau is certainly a leg burner.
Climbing Mount Juneau provides one with a dramatic transition into the alpine environment from the coastal forests of lower elevation. If you are lucky, you may even find yourself on the summit of Mount Juneau on a clear day, which will provide excellent views of the Mendenhall Glacier, Gastineau Channel, the Chilkats and the ranges nearest to the Juneau Icefield.
Confused by the millvans at the summit? In the 1970's a plan to build a tramway part-way up Mount Juneau fell through, but the evidence remains. A tramway was later built on neighboring Mount Roberts.
Getting ThereTo access the trail Mount Juneau from downtown Juneau, you must first access the well known Perseverance Trail. To get there, 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. This trail is popular with bikers and joggers and is within easy walking distance of downtown.
The Mount Juneau trailhead is located to the left about one mile from the beginning of Perseverance Trail. Keep a lookout for hoary marmots, spruce grouse, and wild flowers. Avalanche danger may persist until late spring, and large snow banks may be present on the steep sections of this trail.