COVID-19: At REI, we encourage you to get outside responsibly. Stay local, avoid recreational travel, practice social distancing and check ahead for area and facility closures. Learn More
Trail Run Project Logo

Gastineau Peak Out and Back



8.2 mile 13.2 kilometer loop
62% Runnable


Ascent: 3,331' 1,015 m
Descent: -3,330' -1,015 m
High: 3,633' 1,107 m
Low: 311' 95 m


Avg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)


Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Tom Pittman


Current trail conditions

Update Conditions
Unknown See History

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

This is an out-and-back run with some of the best views of the channel you'll ever find.

Tom Pittman

Features Views · Wildflowers


Though strenuous, this is a great run that leaves right from Juneau. Along the way, you'll be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the area.


There are a variety of adventures to be had combining the different trail options along these peaks. Most famous is to continue further to Mt. Roberts.

This out-and-back outing is one of the most popular runs in Juneau for its amazing views, and accessibility due to the tram. It is popular among tourist and locals to use the tram to either go up, down, or both. If time allows, running the whole trail is a great experience. The tram ride will save ~1,750’ elevation in each direction, and a one-way ride down can be had for $5 in the gift shop/restaurant, making this an accessible option for runners of all abilities. This restaurant is also a great place to refill water bottles if you’ve decided to tackle the whole trail. As another note, dogs aren’t allowed to ride the tram.

Accessible from March to October, parts of the year will bring different wildflowers. All or portions of this trail are also popular for trail running, but most hikers will do the whole thing in 5-7 hours. Depending on time of year and melting snows, you'll likely find at least a few water sources to filter water from if you'd rather not carry a lot.

Gastineau Peak is located about 1.1 miles from the summit of Mt Roberts; just prior to Gastineau Peak, you'll find a quick turn off to the summit of Gold Ridge.

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know, Flora & Fauna, Runner Notes, History & Background


Rate This Run

Rate Quality

   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Run

Check In



Trail Ratings

  5.0 from 1 vote


in Juneau


  5.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Run Rankings


in Juneau


in Alaska


6 Views Last Month
1,739 Since Aug 7, 2017



360-degree views when on this ridge.
Aug 7, 2017 near Juneau, AK
Looking towards North Douglas Island
Aug 7, 2017 near Juneau, AK
Sunset descent.
Aug 7, 2017 near Juneau, AK
Your first great views of the channel and Douglas Island.
Aug 7, 2017 near Juneau, AK
Very enjoyable views while on this ridge.
Aug 7, 2017 near Juneau, AK
Nearing the summit.
Aug 7, 2017 near Juneau, AK


Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running