Juneau, AK: Perseverance Trail

Less than five minutes from downtown Juneau, this 6.5-mile dayhike climbs through lush rainforest to two glacier-fed waterfalls.
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Less than five minutes from downtown Juneau, this 6.5-mile dayhike climbs through lush rainforest to two glacier-fed waterfalls.

This 6.5-mile hike outside Juneau explores a wooded basin tucked below Mt. Juneau and Mt. Roberts. The route begins on the Perseverance Trail—the first road in Alaska—before turning right onto the Red Mill Trail at mile 1.7. (Look for views of Ebner Falls at mile 0.8.) At mile 2.7, turn right onto the unmarked Granite Creek Trail and follow it southeast to the head of Silverbow Basin. A narrow spur trail leads to views of Alaska Chief Falls. The return route descends the basin, then follows the Perseverance Trail back to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Dave Miller

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.5

Waypoints

PTL001

Location: 58.308075, -134.38649

From the trailhead, hike northwest on a well-marked path that passes an old mine shaft. Alders and cottonwoods line the trail.

PTL002

Location: 58.309345, -134.388306

Turn right at 3-way and ascend a wide gravel trail (service road). Thick vegetation covers the hill to the north; views of Juneau and the harbor on can be seen on the right (downhill side of trail).

PLT003

Location: 58.308022, -134.381775

Look east for views of Snowslide Gulch, a narrow cleft cut into the hillside above Gold Creek. Ahead: The wide gravel trail continues to ascend; you'll get great views of Ebner Falls to the right. The falls and water of Gold Creek have a glacial, aqua hue.

PTL004

Location: 58.313705, -134.377869

The route passes a spur trail to Gold Creek and continues to climb through lush forest dotted with sweet salmonberries. Side trip: Turn right onto the spur for a quick detour. The narrow trail winds through brush and wild blueberries to the rocky banks of Gold Creek above Ebner Falls.

PTL005

Location: 58.315249, -134.365067

Right at Y-junction. Leave the wide Perseverance Trail for the narrower, rockier, and steeper Red Mill Trail. Sitka spruce and hemlock line the trail.

PTL006

Location: 58.311735, -134.353215

Bear left at Y-junction toward Granite Creek. The majority of the uphill is over. Watch for the white rams on the snowy peaks above.

PTL007

Location: 58.310833, -134.345215

Right at 3-way. Trail connects with the unmarked Granite Creek Trail. Ahead, the trail levels out and narrows; high brush flanks both sides. Devils club, yarrow, salmonberries, watermelon berries, wild geraniums, and ferns line the trail.

PTL008

Location: 58.307182, -134.338501

Bear left at Y-junction. On the right, you'll see remnants of the area's gold mines (old buildings and vent holes). The trail approaches a snowfield and Granite Creek. Side trip: The trail on the right leads to Quartz Gulch and The Glory Hole, a 1/2-mile-long and 1/3-mile-wide pit blasted into the earth by gold miners in the Juneau Gold Rush days.

PTL009

Location: 58.306908, -134.333572

Right at Y-junction. Alaska Chief Falls comes into view. A narrow trail climbs to a vista where the rushing waters of the falls can be better seen. Next: Turn around and head back on Gold Creek Trail.

PTL010

Location: 58.310894, -134.345032

Cross the bridge over Granite Creek, and head northwest. A heavily forested and steep mountainside borders the right side of the trail. Vibrant mosses and lichens and lush undergrowth cover this rainforest.

PTL011

Location: 58.314369, -134.350113

Left at 3-way. Trail continues descent. Caution: The steeper sections of trail are mostly granite, which can be very slick when wet.

PTL012

Location: 58.315758, -134.361282

Cross the bridge over Gold Creek. Ahead: The trail re-connects to the Red Mill Trail. Turn right and retrace route to the trailhead.

Alaska Chief Falls

Location: 58.306513, -134.333653

Trailhead

Location: 58.30808, -134.386268

Trail Marker

Location: 58.309337, -134.388081

Perseverance Trail

Location: 58.309193, -134.384857

Snowslide Gulch

Location: 58.308001, -134.38159

Ebner Falls

Location: 58.311924, -134.379616

Wild Geranium

Location: 58.312972, -134.379787

Gold Creek

Location: 58.313547, -134.376783

Primordial Trees

Location: 58.315006, -134.37187

Lush trail

Location: 58.315277, -134.366763

Juneau Ridge and Olds Mountian

Location: 58.31003, -134.343567

Clarks Peak

Location: 58.309286, -134.342945

Snowfield

Location: 58.3072, -134.338117

Alaska Chief Falls

Location: 58.306411, -134.333525

Lush Vegetation

Location: 58.316218, -134.355025