Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 58.35940°N / 134.37331°W
Additional Information County: Juneau
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Summer
Additional Information Elevation: 4537 ft / 1383 m
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Cairn Peak in the Background

Cairn Peak is a prominent mountain that stands west of the Juneau Ice Field in the overlying Alaskan Coast Range Region. Located within the Juneau Borough, Cairn Peak is a very accessible mountain and can be approached via numerous ridges, by glacier, or as some do in winter, by means of helicopter or ski plane.
Cairn Peak s North Face
Cairn and Observation Peak

For those willing, Cairn Peak offers climbers a demanding view of the Lemon Creek Glacier and Ptarmigan Glacier and of its impressive neighbors from Observation Peak all the way to Split Thumb and the expansion of Heintzleman Ridge to the North and Juneau Ridge to the South.
West Ridge on Cairn Peak

Getting There

For the Blackerby Ridge Route on Cairn Peak, take the following directions: From downtown Juneau take Egan Drive south to Salmon Creek (turnoff for the hospital). Turn right. Make another right on Wire Street, then left on Greenwood Avenue. Trailhead is on right side of the road.

Red Tape

There are no fees.


Check this site for camping options and cabin rentals.

External Links

For more information about mountains in the area contact the members of Juneau Alpine Club.

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Steve Gruhn - Oct 1, 2008 1:51 am - Hasn't voted

Corrected Elevation

The more recent USGS maps (1:25,000 metric series) give the summit elevation as 1383 meters, which equates to 4537 feet.

Dan Leonhard

Dan Leonhard - Oct 1, 2008 2:39 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Corrected Elevation

Yup, my map seems to be outdated, it grew 32 feet. Thanks for the updated info!


willymca - Jan 30, 2017 5:49 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Corrected Elevation

Was this a re-measurement of the peak? 4505 does not sound like a map estimate, it sounds more like triangulation, and unless the peak was re-measured, it should remain. Just because someone makes a metric map does not mean they "improved" the original measurements. If you want to use Feet, don't use Metric maps.

bricepollock - Jul 23, 2019 9:45 pm - Hasn't voted

Drone Video of the Peak + Trail Report w/ photos

Climbed in July 2019, would be nice to add my route write up ( and drone videography ( to the external links.

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