Welcome to Juneau’s number one source of information for all things Running. To help you make the most of Juneau’s extensive trail network we’ve put together this Quick Start Guide, so lace up those shoes, grab a rain coat, and start exploring.
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Happy Father’s Day! With some luck the sun will be shining and it should be a good day on the trails. The pattern of cold rain and high elevation snow looks like it will be giving way to more seasonally appropriate weather as the week presses on.
Keep up the good running,
Updated 06 – 18 – 2017
|Granite Creek||Mostly Clear, melting snow and ice above 2500ft.|
|Juneau Ridge||Melting snow and ice.|
|Mt. Juneau||Melting snow and ice above 2500ft.|
|Mt. Roberts||Melting snow and ice above 2500ft.|
|Salmon Creek Trail||Clear.|
|Sheep Creek Trail||
|Eagle Crest||Melting snow and ice above 2500ft.|
|Mt. Jumbo||Melting snow and ice above 2500ft.|
|Dredge Lakes Trail Complex||Clear.|
|Melting snow and ice above 2500ft.|
|Under Thunder Mountain Trail||Clear.|
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Juneau’s Trail Hubs!
Downtown Area– Basin Road is trail central station for the Downtown area. From the several parking areas one can access a number of Juneau’s favorite trails – Mt. Roberts Trail, Mt. Juneau Trail, Juneau Ridge, Perseverance Trail, Granite Creek Trail, and the Red Mill Trail.
Douglas– Get to know the Treadwell Ditch Trail. The Treadwell Ditch Trail is one of Juneau’s few through hiking trails while it is a fun and challenging trail in its own right the Treadwell Ditch Trail or “Ditch,” as it is commonly referred to provides access to other Douglas favorites. From the Ditch one can reach the Dan Moler Trail and cabin, Mt. Jumbo Trail, Gastineau Meadows Trial, and Eaglecrest Ski Area.
Mendenhall Lake/Glacier Trail Complex– This area has been extensively developed for Juneau’s summer tourism, for off season users this means lots of trail head parking. Additionally the trails are wide and well maintained the only catch is this area sees a lot of bear activity so it is a good idea to stay alert.
Mendenhall Campground/Skaters cabin/Montana Creek area– The launch point for those rafting the Mendenhall River this area has significantly less traffic than the Mendenhall Lake/Glacier Trail Complex. At the far end of the parking lot is the West Glacier Trail which follows Mendenhall lake out to the Glacier users can either explore the Ice Caves or continue up to the summit of Mt. McGuinness.
Quick Trail Tips!
– Join Juneau Trail Running Facebook Group. It is a great resource for all Juneau trail users whether your looking to find a running partner or simply up to date information about whats going on with Juneau Trail Running scene.
– Avoid running along steep creek during bear season this includes the Moraine Ecology Trail.
– Avoid running on wet board walks as they tend to be unpredictably slick.
– Dress in layers. Juneau’s weather has a habit of changing quickly, getting caught unprepared for a sudden drop in temperature, heavy rain shower, or gusty winds can be potentially dangerous.
– Over the shoe traction aids like yak trax, nanospikes, microspikes, etc are a safe and effective way to handle the sometime icy trail conditions that one may encounter.