Hike Through The Alaskan Old Growth Forest Right Outside Downtown Juneau
If you want to get out and explore some of the natural beauty our great state has to offer, this old-growth forest trail in Alaska is one wonderful way to experience the Tongass National Forest. Located right in downtown Juneau, this trail brings you out into the stunning rainforest nearby. Wear your boots, grab a friend, and get moving on this beautiful hike!
If you’re looking for a wonderful exploration of America’s largest National Forest, then you need to head to the Lemon Creek Trail in Juneau.
This trail takes you through some of the prettiest parts of the Tongass National Forest. You’ll get to see towering trees, the lovely Lemon Creek, and more as you hike.
The first third of the trail is packed well and easy to follow.
As you continue, you may have to clear the path of overgrown branches as you go. But it’s well worth it because it takes you deep into a mature forest of Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock trees.
The trail is partially maintained after the first third of a mile.
There are bridges and boardwalks, and in most places it’s cleared, but occasionally you’ll run into overgrowth and sections of the path that may be in disrepair. Just mind your footing as you cross!
The views along the trail are lovely.
The trail is 5.7 miles long, out and back. You’ll climb about 1,371 ft overall, and be granted an exciting adventure into the Tongass National Forest. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife because this area has bears, eagles, and Sitka deer. You may see something interesting on your travels.
Long pants will help when you pass through any overgrowth.
Be sure to wear stout hiking boots, because this is a temperate rainforest, and conditions can get muddy. Pack layers in case you get cold if the weather changes.
The trail starts right behind the Home Depot.
It starts at a gravel bench cut into the side of the hill. You’ll find plenty of free parking, and it’s centrally located in downtown Juneau.
Grab your gear and a loved one, and hit the trail.
This is one beautiful hike that you need to do the next time you’re in Juneau. It’s a gorgeous way to stretch your legs and look a bit beyond the city!
Have you ever hiked this old-growth forest trail in Alaska? What did you think? Would you recommend it? Let us know in the comments below!
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