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...
Eagle Glacier Trail

Eagle 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 Eagle Glacier Trail Juneau’s Glacial View Paradise Google Map Directions Eagle Glacier Trail often earns a rough reputation for a long 7 mile mud slogging swamp of a trail. Nothing that a good pair of Tufs can’t handle with very little elevation gain, the trail mostly follows the floodplain of the Eagle River. There are boardwalks covering many parts of the trail, but the amount of water and mud found on this trail makes upkeep difficult. Roots and nurse logs make up the mass majority of this trail during the summer, but by time winter rolls around the trail becomes much easier to ski or snowshoe. If you choose to brave the slick boards and mud, you will be rewarded with one of our favorite cabin spots. The silted eagle lake in front provides spectacular reflections of the massive granite bowl of surging waterfalls with Eagle Glacier at the end. From the cabin, Eagle Glacier is only another 2 miles...
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...
Peterson Lake

Peterson Lake

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 Peterson Lake Juneau’s Prime Fly Fishing Lake   Google Map Directions Most intensely rooted trail Juneau has to offer. This trail lures you in with some newly rebuilt trail for the first half mile or so before launching you into a muddy slog through some amazing roots that only Southeast Alaska can provide. While the trail doesn’t have much elevation gain, the amount of up and down steps required will surely make up for it. Those looking for fun in the mud along the beautiful Peterson River will be rewarded with a beautiful lake and cabin at the end. The cabin receives the highest traffic of the Tongass National forest cabins in Juneau. Accessible not only by land, but also by float plane. The area was named for John Peterson who laid his claim and started a placer mine nearby in 1900. Bits and pieces can still be seen near the trail which follows the old tram for...