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A short flat trail with a grand view of Nugget Falls and Mendenhall Glacier.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Point to Point

103' 31 m

High

61' 19 m

Low

57' 17 m

Up

78' 24 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Family Friendly A short flat trail with grand views.

Need to Know

There are bears in the area. One should travel in a group of two or more and not carry food items.

Description

Nugget Falls Trail is 1 mile one-way or two miles out-and-back. It is heavily trafficked when cruise ships are in port. From a weather perspective, is best used from May until September.

There are wonderful views of the lake, glacier, and surrounding mountains. It is an easy way to get closer to Mendehall Glacier than the typical stop at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

The trail starts at the base of the visitor center. The old dirt trail runs very close to the lake edge and is often flooded. The new trail is compact fine gravel; it is so smooth and flat that we saw a family navigating it with a wheel chair. The last 100 yards to the waters edge would not be suitable for a wheel chair though.

Flora & Fauna

We saw a squirrel, a porcupine and a sow bear with two cubs!

Contacts

Shared By:

Wes Emmert

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 4 votes

#10

in Juneau

#23438

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  3.8 from 4 votes
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#10

in Juneau

#236

in Alaska

#23,438

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Nugget Falls
Jul 23, 2018 near Juneau, AK
porcupine
Jul 24, 2018 near Juneau, AK
Nugget Falls
Jul 23, 2018 near Juneau, AK
Black Bear Cub
Jul 24, 2018 near Juneau, AK

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Aug 25, 2023
Russ Ney
good views, easy trail 2.5mi — 0h 58m
Jun 7, 2021
Kay Nissen
Easy hike, completed with a toddler and stroller. Ending at the falls rewards the hiker with beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains. 1mi — 0h 30m
Jul 30, 2019
Patrick Irvin
Jul 7, 2019
Kwang Hee Chang
Aug 18, 2018
Carmen Feliciano Arreola
Jorge and me 2mi
Aug 9, 2018
Eli Barsy
Jul 17, 2018
Wes Emmert
Partly cloudy sky, the old trail was wet and the new trail was dry. Best of all, there were almost no mosquitos. 2mi — 1h 00m
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