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Running Trails and Routes

 

This page for Juneau, Alaska area runners is a perpetual work in progress. If you would like to share your favorite running routes with fellow runners, please send a write-up to the webmaster. Please include route description, route map, distance, elevation profile, etc.

 

Trail descriptions and maps are down below, each with an overview map, in alphabetical order.

Difficulty ratings range from: easy, moderate, difficult, very difficult, strenuous.

  • Airport Dike Trail

  • Auke Lake Trail

  • Downtown Seawalk

  • Eaglecrest ascent

  • Montana Creek Trail

  • Mt Juneau ascent

  • Mt Roberts ascent (to the Cross)

  • Nugget Falls Trail

  • Perseverance Trail as

  • Peterson Lake ascent

  • Salmon Creek ascent

Seeking input for these and other ideas:

  • Twin Lake Trail

  • Thane Road / DuPont Trail

  • Brotherhood Bridge Trail

  • Under Thunder Trail

Juneau Area Trails on other sites

 

Airport Dike Trail

 

Distance: 3.4 miles roundtrip

Elevation Gain: None

Time required: 30 min to 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

 

Trail Description: Start at the Airport Dike Trail parking lot. This trail is a gravel access road circling the Juneau airport property. There are side trails for access the wetland. Tons of walkers, runners, and dogs. One of the most popular trail in Juneau. No elevation change. 

 

 

 

Auke Lake Trail

 

Distance: Around 2 miles roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 150 feet one-way

Time required: 20 to 40 min roundtrip

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

 

Trail Description: Start at Auke Lake Trail (Goat Hill on the north end, or along Glacier Highway on the south end). Rolling trail along the east side of Auke Lake. Nice trail to go take a dip in the summer.

 

 

Downtown Seawalk

 

Distance: 1 mile roundtrip

Elevation Gain: None

Time required: 10 to 20 min

Difficulty: Easy

 

Trail Description: Start at Marine Park in downtown Juneau, and just follow the boardwalk south towards AJ Dock. The boardwalk is about 0.5 one-way. A great way to enjoy the beautiful scenery along Gastineau Channel on a nice day.

A newer, not connected portion of the sea walk is about 1/2 mile toward the big bridge to Douglas Island, just a short walk on the sidewalk along Egan Drive. It offers many features along the way and leads to a beautiful new park with a life-size whale sculpture (a fountain during  summer months).

 

 

Eaglecrest Ascent

 

Distance: 2.4 miles one-way

Elevation Gain: 1662 feet

Time required: 1 to 2 hours one-way

Difficulty: Difficult to Very Difficult

 

Trail Description: Start at Eaglecrest parking lot. Follow the maintenance road and go uphill. The road will continue to the top of Eaglecrest. Amazing place to watch sunrise or sunset.

 

 

Montana Creek Trail

 

Distance: 4 miles roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 180 ft uphill, then 180 ft downhill

Time required: 40 min to 1 hour 30 min

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Trail Description: Start at the parking lot next to the Outdoor Gun Range. The trail gradually go downhill for 0.5 miles until it crosses Montana Creek via a pedestrian footbridge. The elevation drops about 70 feet. 

After crossing the footbridge, follow the wide gravel road and gradually head uphill for 1.5 miles. There is an elevation gain of 180 ft. Turn around when the wide gravel road become a narrow unmaintained trail. 

 

 

Mt. Juneau Ascent

 

Distance: 3.4 miles one-way

Elevation Gain: 3758 feet

Time required: 1.5 to 3 hours one-way

Difficulty: Very Difficult to Strenuous

 

Trail Description: Start at the Perserverance Trailhead parking lot. The first mile follows the Perserverance trail, climbing 250 feet. Then, the trail splits off. The second mile climbs about 1335 feet, through the woods then into the side of Mt Juneau. Then the long switchback begins. The elevation gain for the third mile is about another 900 feet. For the last 0.4 mile, another elevation gain of 500 feet. The run ends on top of Mt Juneau, at an elevation of 3500 feet.

 

 

Mt. Roberts Ascent
(to The Cross)

 

Distance: 2.0 miles one-way

Elevation Gain: 1689 feet

Time required: 1 to 2 hours one-way

Difficulty: Difficult to Very Difficult

 

Trail Description: Start at the Mt Roberts trailhead at Basin Road. This trail is frequent by local hikers and runners, and it is well maintained. It is a consistent climb to the Cross. Elevation gain for the first mile is about 870 feet, and the elevation gain for the second and last mile is about 790 feet. There are switchbacks in the wooded area before you reach the tram. Above the tram, the vegetation opens up. This run concludes at the Father Brown's Cross.

 

 

Nugget Falls Trail

 

Distance: Around 2 miles roundtrip

Elevation Gain: None

Time required: 20 to 30 min

Difficulty: Easy

 

Trail Description: Start at Glacier Visitor Center parking lot. Follow the paved path towards Nugget Fall. You can follow the beach route or the main Nugget Fall trail. The trail will end at Nugget Falls. Very crowded during the tourist season.

 

 

Perserverance Trail

 

Distance: 3.25 miles one-way

Elevation Gain: 1595 feet

Time required: 45 min to 90 min one-way

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

 

Trail Description: Start at Basin Road parking lot. Follow the trail and get to the end (broken bridge with waterfall). This is one of the most popular trail in Juneau, and a lot of runners/hikers on this trail.

 
 

Peterson Lake Ascent

 

Distance: 4.3 miles one-way

Elevation Gain: 862 feet

Time required: 1.5 hr to 3 hr one-way

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

 

Trail Description: Start at the Peterson Lake trailhead parking lot. Follow the trail uphill until you reach Peterson Lake. The trail will get increasingly treacherous, as the trail is fairly undeveloped.

 

Salmon Creek Ascent

 

Distance: 2 miles one-way

Elevation Gain: 455 feet

Time required: 30 min to 45 min one-way

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

 

Trail Description: Start at Salmon Creek Trail parking lot, follow the maintenance road until you reach the Powerhouse. It is a steep initial climb, but then the trail flatens out. You can continue towards Salmon Creek Dam.