West Peak

Page Type
Mountain/Rock
Location:
Alaska, United States, North America
Activities:
Hiking, Mountaineering
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Elevation:
3620 ft / 1103 m
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West Peak
Created On: Oct 31, 2017
Last Edited On: Sep 27, 2018


Overview

West Peak is a off trail hike to the South of Thane. Its best done in the spring when the brush and alders are not in full bloom. Typically this hike is done in conjuncture with Middle Peak (conveniently just to the East via an easy ridge). The summit gives you great views down Gastineau Channel and the South end of Douglass. There also is no 'official' trail, so route finding may be necessary. 

Looking down Gasineau Channel
Looking down Gasineau Channel


Getting There

From Downtown Juneau, take Egan Drive South which becomes Thane Road for 5.7 miles. The road will dead end at the Point Bishop-Dupont Trailhead. The other route leaves from a parking area on the west side of Thane Road 4.1 miles south of Downtown Juneau where Sheep Creek crosses the road. 

Route

There are two basic routes up West Peak. One leaves from the waterfall where Sheep Creek crosses the road called the Sheep Creek Route, and the other is a shorter hike that leaves from the trail to DuPont Dock and Bishop Point and heads up Little Creek called the Little Creek Route

See the route page for more details and for the map  and Garmin .gpx files.

Middle/West Route
Middle/West Route

Red Tape

There is no red tape here, so please use LNT principles.




When to Climb

Mid-June through mid-September is the normal hiking season. With easy access, winter ascents would be reasonable as well, though there will be avalanche danger on the highest slopes.

May/June is when I'd recommend to climb and can be a really nice time to climb since it’s the sunniest summer month, though there tends to be more snow around. There will be less brush earlier in the year too.  July is excellent too while August and September are wetter and cloudier. Fall and winter tend to be quite wet and the brush and alder will be really thick.  

Winters are much milder here than in interior Alaska.

Fall Colors
Fall Colors

Camping

Backcountry Camping

Permits are not needed to camp in the Tongass National Forest.

External Links

Tongass National Forest