Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 58.28726°N / 134.32568°W
Additional Information County: Juneau (borough)
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Summer
Additional Information Elevation: 3819 ft / 1164 m
Sign the Climber's Log



trail sign above tram
trail sign above the tram

This is a 5-7 hour hike which is easily accessed from the city of Juneau whether you are visiting on a cruise for a day or spending time in Juneau. From the top of the tram, the hike gains about 2,866’ while hiking about 6 miles roundtrip or you can hike to the top of the tram adding about 3 miles and 1,750’ from the port via the Mt Roberts trail which starts at the edge of town. Much of the year you will likely encounter snow in the upper sections so summer is the best time to hike up. Waterproof boots are a good option since you may be crossing some snow patches.

Getting There

Gastineau PeakGastineau Peak

This mountain can be climbed from downtown Juneau and is reached by the Mt Roberts trail that starts at the top of 6th street and goes up to the top of the Mt Roberts tram. From the tram station, continue uphill around the right side of the Mt Roberts Nature Center where a well used trail heads up the mountain. The peak is about 1,866’ above the top of the tram, but after you cross Gastineau Peak the trail drops about 400’ to a saddle between it and Mt Roberts. If one continues beyond Gastineau Peak another 1.1 miles, the summit of Mt Roberts can be reached. Due to the loss of elevation after crossing Gastineau Peak, the elevation gain approaches 4,612’  

Mount Roberts
Mount Roberts
Mt Roberts (r) Sheep Mtn (l)
Mt Roberts (r) Sheep Mtn (center)

The climb required 4 1/2 hours at a good pace with a ride down the Tram at the conclusion. A word of caution…there are numerous trails across this area and it would be very easy to get lost if you encounter a typically cloudy day. Be sure to use a GPS and ample waypoints or take time to build ducks along the way as an aid for your return.

returning to Gastineau PeakHeading back to Gastineau Pk

While one can ride the tram up and back to save some 1,750’ elevation in each direction, the cost is about $35. A one way ride down can be purchased for the expenditure of $5 ($10 as of June 2017) in the gift shop/restaurant at the top. A third option is to just join in with the many visitors heading down since the tram operators do not seem overly concerned with checking for tickets.

Red Tape

Gastineau ship channel
Gastineau ship channel

There is no red tape involved to climb this mountain

External Links

Hiking trails in Juneau Hiking the Alaska Adventurer Cruise



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