Enjoy The Boardwalks As You Hike The Outer Point Loop Trail To The Ocean In Alaska
If you’re in our awesome state capitol and you’re looking for a wonderful morning hike, Outer Point Loop Trail will take you across gorgeous boardwalks all the way to the stunning Pacific Ocean. Enjoy views of mountain ranges in the distance after you’ve hiked through some of Alaska’s most beautiful foliage.
If you're in Juneau and looking for a fantastic hike to the gorgeous ocean, take a look at the Outer Point Loop Trail.
This gorgeous walk takes you from the Douglas Highway all the way out to the Pacific Ocean. This is a well loved, busy trail that you'll see locals and tourists alike on!
The trail is well maintained with boardwalks and gravel paths.
The city of Juneau keeps up the trail so you can enjoy the beautiful biodiversity without damaging the local ecosystem. They take into consideration extensive questioning when maintaining their trails, including the past and future of the area!
The area is filled with such a wise array of habitats.
You'll find forest, wetland, beaches, and more during your short one mile hike. This is a very accessible hike, with only 147 feet of elevation gain.
In fact, the first .5 mile of the trail is now ADA-Wheelchair accessible.
The entire trail is covered in boardwalks and trails built in a way to traverse the wetlands even at its highest water levels. The trail is winding and lovely, taking you all the way to the beach.
It wouldn't be surprising to run into wildlife on the trail.
In fact deer are hugely popular in this area, as there is an ideal food source for them here in the winter. You will see a lot of native wildlife, including beavers!
The area is your typical "viewshed," a term used to describe the aesthetic appeal of a view seen from a particular point.
The beach where you end up, Outer Point, has some of the most spectacular views in Juneau! It also is home to one of the busiest salmon streams in Juneau.
This trail is absolutely worth the short amount of time it will take you to hike it.
It's beautiful all year round but is the most busy from May through October. Winter weather shouldn't slow you down, as long as you're dressed appropriately, however!
Have you ever hiked the Outer Point Loop Trail? What did you think? Is it a great trail? Let us know in the comments below!
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Outer Point Loop Trail, 14028 NF-Fh31, Juneau, AK 99801, USA