Mount Juneau is a +3,500-foot massif located one and a half miles east of downtown Juneau, Alaska, in the Boundy Ranges. Mount Juneau is steeped in mining history. Its original name was Gold Mountain, and it was given by miners in 1881; then, it was later renamed Bald Mountain in 1896. Its current name, “Juneau Mountain,” was first used in the mining records by Pierre Erussard when he located mining claims on the mountain in 1888.
Mount Juneau’s summit trail can be accessed via the Perseverance Trail, about one mile from the trailhead. The trail also features an assortment of beautiful alpine views, although it traverses several steep slopes and should be cautious when there’s wet or snowy weather. Mount Juneau provides a scenic backdrop to Alaska’s capital city. Rising over 3,500 feet above the Gastineau Channel, Mount Juneau offers any outdoor adventurist a unique escape from the hustle of the cruise ship culture of Juneau.
Climbing Mount Juneau provides a unique transition into the alpine environment from the coastal forests of lower elevation. Suppose you find yourself on Mount Juneau’s summit on a clear day. In that case, you’ll be delighted with beautiful views of the Chilkats, the Gastineau Channel, the Mendenhall Glacier, and the ranges nearest to the city’s Icefield.
June is a great month to visit Mount Juneau since it’s the sunniest month, though here, it tends to be snowier around. July is excellent, too, while August-September is cloudier and wetter, and it gets pretty wet during fall and winter. Mid-June through Mid-September is the regular hiking season. With easy access, winter ascents would also be reasonable, though avalanche warnings are on the highest slopes.
There are campgrounds at Auke Villages Recreation Area and near the Mendenhall Glacier. This area can get very humid, so prepare in case of rain. Permits are not required to camp in the Tongass National Forest but expect a suitable landscape for camping once you reach the summit.