Eagle Beach

Eagle Beach

Home Juneau Excursions Forest & Falls Private Tour Glacier Adventure Hike Walking Tour FAQs Trail Guide Blog About About Meet The Guides Contact Eagle Beach State Recreation Area Eagles, Sea Birds, and Tidal Marine Life Abound   Google Map Directions Eagle Beach, around Juneau’s mile 27 marker, offers an astounding dynamic environment that can be found few places on earth. With average tides of 16 feet of change, these tidal flats hold many morsels of food for all manner of wild life, especially the bald eagles for which the beach is named. Beach goers of the human variety often wade out in their tufs to find clams, sea peaches, crabs, and many other delights. Low tide opens up around a quarter mile out to the waters edge, but be ware of your way back because the tide creeps in quickly, quietly, and in odd ways. If you aren’t careful, you may just end up swimming back! Beach combing, painting, photography, and picnics are some of the popular activities of Eagle beach although people also kayak, stand up paddle board, and swim, the water can be quite cold and there isn’t an easy place to launch. At high tide there is significantly less beach and the birds tend to retreat into the trees along the waters edge, but there is a 1.5 mile loop above the high tide line that winds along Eagle River and across the beach between sand and beach grasses. The access trail connects with the Yankee Basin and Eagle Glacier trails which offer an exceptional diversity of scene from old growth forest, muskeg, wetlands, river systems, glacial...
West Glacier Trail / Mt. McGinnis

West Glacier Trail / Mt. McGinnis

Trails Home By Location Downtown Blackerby Ridge Trail Gold Creek Flume Trail Granite Creek Trail Mt. Juneau Trail Mt. Roberts Trail Perseverance Trail Point Bishop Trail Salmon Creek Trail Sheep Creek Trail Douglas Island Dan Moller Trail Fish Creek Trail Mount Bradley (Jumbo) Rainforest Trail Treadwell Ditch Trail Mendenhall Valley Auke Lake Trail East Glacier Trail Mendenhall River Trail Montana Creek Trail Moraine Ecology Trail Nugget Creek Trail Nugget Falls Powerline Trail Spaulding Meadows Trail Trail of Time Thunder Mountain West Glacier Trail / Mt. McGinnis Eagle Beach Region Boy Scout Beach Trail Eagle Beach Eagle Glacier Trail Herbert Glacier Trail Peterson Lake Windfall Lake Trail Point Bridget Point Bridget Trail West Glacier / Mt. McGinnis Trail Juneau’s Gateway to Mendenhall Glacier Google Map Directions Pros: Closest trail to see Mendenhall Glacier from. Cons: A steep trail with no switchbacks once you start moving towards Mt. McGinnis Distance: 3 miles to the end of West Glacier. 1.75 mi. to the top of McGinnis. 4.75 miles total (one-way) Difficulty: Moderate to intense Elevation Gain: ~1,000 ft to the end of West Glacier. Approximately 3,200 ft. to the top of McGinnis. The peak elevation of Mt. McGinnis sits at 4,228. Trail Type: There-and-back Congestion: Light Trail: West Glacier maintained. McGinnis infrequently maintained. Parking: Abundant – lot Camping: Tent on McGinnis only It starts out deceiving. West Glacier trail is a little jaunt through the rain forest on a flat winding trail along Mendenhall Lake with a few teaser glimpses to get you warmed up. Then, before you know it, there are stairs, a 350 meter climb and Mendenhall glacier looks almost like it is going to swallow you up before you...
Herbert Glacier Trail

Herbert Glacier Trail

Trails Home By Location Downtown Blackerby Ridge Trail Gold Creek Flume Trail Granite Creek Trail Mt. Juneau Trail Mt. Roberts Trail Perseverance Trail Point Bishop Trail Salmon Creek Trail Sheep Creek Trail Douglas Island Dan Moller Trail Fish Creek Trail Mount Bradley (Jumbo) Rainforest Trail Treadwell Ditch Trail Mendenhall Valley Auke Lake Trail East Glacier Trail Mendenhall River Trail Montana Creek Trail Moraine Ecology Trail Nugget Creek Trail Nugget Falls Powerline Trail Spaulding Meadows Trail Trail of Time Thunder Mountain West Glacier Trail / Mt. McGinnis Eagle Beach Region Boy Scout Beach Trail Eagle Beach Eagle Glacier Trail Herbert Glacier Trail Peterson Lake Windfall Lake Trail Point Bridget Point Bridget Trail Herbert Glacier Trail The Local’s Glacier Stroll Google Map Directions Pros: Well-maintained trail making it easy for hiking and biking. Plenty of blueberry picking opportunities. Cons: No path exists to get across the river closer to the glacier. Difficulty: Easy Distance: 9.1 mi. (round-trip) Elevation Gain: 404 ft. Trail Type: There-and-back Congestion: Moderate Trail: Well-maintained Parking: Sufficient Camping: None Definitely the easiest and most versatile of the glacier hikes in Juneau. With a relatively flat grade gravel base the trail lends itself to all skill levels of walkers, bikers, and strollers along with snowshoeing and skiing in the winter months. The trail head, like most, isn’t really marked from the road, but is easy enough to find. It is the pull out parking area after the Herbert river at mile 26. There are 15 spaces with no real overflow area and it can be full up on the weekends. While camping isn’t allowed, Herbert is a popular Sunday stroll for locals, the four miles of trail...
Boy Scout Beach Trail

Boy Scout Beach Trail

Trails Home By Location Downtown Blackerby Ridge Trail Gold Creek Flume Trail Granite Creek Trail Mt. Juneau Trail Mt. Roberts Trail Perseverance Trail Point Bishop Trail Salmon Creek Trail Sheep Creek Trail Douglas Island Dan Moller Trail Fish Creek Trail Mount Bradley (Jumbo) Rainforest Trail Treadwell Ditch Trail Mendenhall Valley Auke Lake Trail East Glacier Trail Mendenhall River Trail Montana Creek Trail Moraine Ecology Trail Nugget Creek Trail Nugget Falls Powerline Trail Spaulding Meadows Trail Trail of Time Thunder Mountain West Glacier Trail / Mt. McGinnis Eagle Beach Region Boy Scout Beach Trail Eagle Beach Eagle Glacier Trail Herbert Glacier Trail Peterson Lake Windfall Lake Trail Point Bridget Point Bridget Trail Boy Scout Beach Juneau’s Best Sunset Beach Google Map Directions While in plain view from Eagle Beach State Park, Boy Scout Beach remains one of Juneau’s best kept secrets. The open sandy delta can open up as much as a quarter mile at low tides making for a beautiful exploration into the sunset. Make sure to check your tide charts before you camp, high tides can often cover the entire beach! However, with a little bit of planning, this can be a wondrous place to wake up to the sound of eagles in the morning. This little secret can be found at mile 25 where there is a road off Glacier Highway. A few private roads branch off of it in the woods, but stay to the right and the road will dead end in a small cul de sac. The trail follows the Herbert River through the woods and out into a meadow where the trail can...
Glacier Adventure Hike Private Tour

Glacier Adventure Hike Private Tour

Glacier Adventure Hike Private Tour FIXED PRICE: $775 for 10 people or $575 for a group up to 4   Book Now Price: See above. We keep it simple with fixed prices based on group size. Physical rating: 3 out of 5 – You will break a sweat Distance: 4-6 miles of hiking on uneven terrain. Expect lots of tree roots, rocks, and uphill walking. Elevation gain: 700-1100 feet (~200-300 meters) depending on groups ability. Duration: 5 ½ to 6 hours. 5 hours of hiking and 1 hour for transportation. Escape the crowd and feel alive on an incredible hike along the forest edge of Mendenhall Glacier. Breath fresh air. Absorb breathtaking views. For the adventurous You are a step apart from the rest. It takes a certain kind of person to leave the crowd and get out into the woods. That is exactly the type of person we want to take deeper into Juneau’s incredible temperate rainforest and coastal mountains along Mendenhall Glacier. Overview Head over to the west side of the glacier away from the tourist crowd. We start at the West Glacier Trailhead. The first half of the trail starts out very flat and lots of room on the trail. Before you know it, you will start trekking up. A mixture of switch-backs and stone carved stairs keep you moving closer and closer to the Mendenhall Glacier. You will work up a sweat and push yourself. Every viewpoint gets better and better along the trail. Even the most ambitious of hikers won’t be disappointed with the results.    Physical rating: 3 of out 5 – You’ll break a sweat Distance: 4-6 miles of hiking...