Places to Visit in Juneau, Alaska ↠ Gold Creek Flume Trail.

Gold Creek Flume Trail in Juneau, Alaska is a great easy hiking trail near downtown Juneau. We tried this trail for the first time in May when we made a trip for a wedding I photographed on top of Mendenhall Glacier (photos to come!). It was so nice to find an easier hike after all the uphill trails we'd done already that week. Especially since I was 26 weeks pregnant at the time. 

This hiking trail has great scenery and the relaxing sound of the water rushing...more so if you go on a rainy day like we did. It wasn't pouring when we went, just a light rain, but Flume Trail is a nice covered walking area for those rainy Juneau days. My Dad and I were amazed by the giant wooden bridge we had to drive over to get to Flume Trail, I've never seen anything like it. 

More hiking trails, restaurants, and places to visit in Juneau, Alaska

Also, I've had an increasing number of site visits from people wanting travel info for Juneau as they head there on their summer adventures. If you're heading there soon (or planning your dream trip for someday), I'd love to know any questions or topics you'd like covered besides just my Places to Eat and Places to Visit posts! Leave a comment with anything you'd be interested in having me cover: packing tips, my top picks (if you're stay in Juneau is short), etc. We lived in Juneau for two years I've traveled there too, so I'd be happy to answer any questions!


Places to Visit in Juneau, Alaska ↠ Top of McGinnis Mountain.

Dave and Atka climbed McGinnis Mountain (West Glacier Trail) to the "top" (as far as you can go) while I was in Kansas with my family. He sent me a billion (slight exaggeration) pictures of their hike and talked about how amazing it was up there. I knew I wanted to give it a try when I got back to Juneau, even though he sent me pictures the rest of the week after their hike of his ginormous blisters...thanks husband.

The hike was tough, but not terrible...I'm just a bit out of shape. It was so worth it once we got to the top and had the most incredible view of Mendenhall Glacier. And, I'm happy to report, thanks to the correct footwear no one got blisters this trip. Thank goodness.

It took us about 4 hours to get up and back, and that was really hauling it. If you're in Juneau and want a great view of the glacier without having to shell out the big bucks for a helicopter, this is a great way to do it. Although I told Dave, if we were on The Bachelor there would have been a romantic table complete with candles and wine and a delicious dinner waiting for us at the top. We settled for granola bars and water.

Oh, and I may or may not have said I felt like Walter Mitty (you know the scene of him on top of the mountain) was just so majestic and peaceful up there.