Hike Program

A view of the valley from the John Muir Cabin.

Current Hike Info

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Windfall Lake Trail

For Wednesday April 1, the hike will be the Windfall Lake Trail. This is an easy hike of 8.5 miles round trip to the cabin; however, the group may determine the length and final destination. Dress in layers, wear appropriate footwear, and bring plenty of food and water. Bring ice grippers, skis, or snowshoes, as desired. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the trailhead near Mile 27 just before the Herbert River. No dogs or firearms please. Have a great hike!

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Hike Hotline 907-586-0428

General Information

If you’re new to town or even if you’ve been here all your life, CBJ Parks & Recreation hikes are a great way to get acquainted or reacquainted with Juneau’s many beautiful trails, and with some amazing local folks. Our hike leaders are seasoned, knowledgeable outdoors people who share information on trail lore, plants, animals, and Juneau history.

Cost of Admission:  Free! Our guides are all volunteers, so there is no charge to participate. However, if you wish to support the Hike Program and show your appreciation for the work our amazing volunteers do, call our office at (907) 586-5226 to find out how to make a donation.

Thank you!

This program would not be possible without our amazing volunteer leaders.  Thank you for all you do!

For Hike Leaders

Hike Time/Location Announcements

Our hikes are weekly every Wednesday and Saturday. To find out the time and location of the hike, check one of the following on the Tuesday or Friday before:

  1. This webpage – The upcoming hike can always be found here.
  2. CBJ Hike Hotline – Call (907) 586-0428  to listen to a recording of the hike information.
  3. Facebook – Information is posted on our Facebook page on Tuesday and Friday afternoon, and hikers can share photos of the hike in the comments afterward!
  4. Newspaper/Radio – The Juneau Empire, KTOO and KINY will share our hike announcements with their readers/listeners when their publication schedules allow it.

Why can’t you publish the hike times/dates earlier than a day before? Hike leaders call in the destination and departure times to the Parks and Recreation Office one day in advance so as to better choose trails according to weather and trail conditions. For example, if heavy rain is expected, hike leaders may choose to avoid hikes that could become easily flooded or subject to landslides. Because Juneau weather is so variable, hike leaders will have a better idea one day in advance rather than a week in advance which trails will be most enjoyable in the current conditions.

Hike Rules

  • Use proper clothing and equipment.
  • Be in good health and physical condition.
  • Notify the leader of any medical or physical limitations.
  • Travel with the group and abide by the decisions of the leader.
  • Participants under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

The hike leaders reserve the right to refuse participation to anyone not in compliance with the above guidelines. Due to varying weather and trail conditions, last minute hike changes may be made at the trailhead.

Levels of Difficulty

  1. Easy:
    A hike without much elevation gain; no previous hiking experience is needed.
  2. Moderate:
    A hike that has some elevation gain; a good follow-up from easy hikes and a good lead up to rugged hikes.
  3. Difficult:
    A hike that has much elevation gain; previous hiking experience is needed.
  4. Very Difficult:
    Usually a very steep trail; advanced hikers only, please.

Trail Maintenance

Hikers participating in the Parks and Recreation hike program benefit from trail maintenance performed by volunteers of the State Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, the U.S. Forest Service, Trail Mix, and the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department. The State Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has tools available for brushing at no cost. To find out more about checking out tools, call State Parks at 465-4563 weekdays.

If you would like to volunteer for trail maintenance, please call Trail Mix at 790-6406.

Hiking Gear

Footgear
Trails in Juneau tend to be slippery, wet and rugged. Waterproof boots with good support and tread are recommended. NO TENNIS SHOES! Dress appropriately (layering is suggested) and recommended footwear is specified for each hike. (Rubber boots are suggested for all trails when it is raining.)

Items to Carry in your Pack

  • Rain gear
  • Extra socks
  • Extra shirt (when perspiration soaks your original shirt. This lessens the risk of hypothermia)
  • Sweater, hat, mittens (useful, even in July!)
  • Water bottle (even in Juneau there is concern about safe water)
  • Extra food
  • Whistle
  • Basic first aid kit (moleskin, band aids)
  • Compass
  • Map of area
  • Space blanket
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Leather gloves to protect hands from devil’s club

Hike Hotline 907-586-0428

The Hike Hotline and the Current Hike Info on this page are updated every Tuesday and Friday afternoon.

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