Mt. Roberts Trail
Juneau’s Most Popular Summit
From there, this trail is full of false summits. Mt. Roberts proper is about 3 miles of steady rocky incline ending at 3819 feet. The last half mile along Gold Ridge is covered in beautiful alpine grasses and lush low brush when the snow clears is a wonderful place to nap on a warm sunny day. With a beautiful view of the ocean from the west side and a spectacular view of the Silver Bow basin and mountains beyond from the east, Roberts earns a top picnic spot. The trail crosses very little water, making it unusual for Juneau. A bit drier alpine forest than many parts of Juneau making it great for a multitude of flowers mid summer.
The trail splits near the top of Roberts onto the less traveled Juneau Cirque which leads over to Gastineau Peak and continues around where trail users can split off onto a number of other trails including Sheep Creek, Granite Creek, and Mt. Juneau. The full Cirque is 25 miles along cliffs, year round snowpack, and loose rock. There is less of a trail, than a general ridgeline. Take caution when undertaking this area.
Since Mt. Roberts contains well over 100 miles of Mining tunnels below as the home of the Alaska-Juneau Mine, use extreme caution when leaving the trail. While some air vents to the old mine are marked, many big enough for a person to fit through, are not. Even experienced mountaineers have disappeared in this area.