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Family Friendly Treks in Juneau

June 6, 2017

Bed and breakfast Juneau

 

Alaska’s capital of Juneau makes for some outstanding outdoor excursions. The unbridled wilderness is at your fingertips, with some of the best of Alaska’s great outdoors just outside town.

 

Mendenhall Glacier

This massive glacier is just minutes from the center of Juneau, and it’s easily one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions. So much so, that it’s pretty much mandatory for anyone visiting Juneau to pay this ancient behemoth a visit. There’s even a shuttle bus from town.

Best of all, Mendenhall Glacier is surprisingly kid friendly. The visitor’s center is a great teaching opportunity, with a simple yet interesting explanation of the glacier itself. They also have a special program for kids, aimed at promoting appreciation for the great outdoors. Kids will love learning about the history of this stunning glacier, before exploring for themselves. Even the standard glacier walk is possible with kids in good weather. All in all, this is the perfect family friendly day trip.

 

Mendenhall Wetlands Trail

Starting just off Ratcliffe Road, this easily trail is popular among joggers and bird watchers. It’s very easy, with almost no hills. The views are pretty good, and there’s information signs every few meters explaining local flora and fauna.

 

Glory Hole Trail

Another easy walk, the Glory Hole Trail ends at a massive, 800 foot deep hole. It was once actually a highly lucrative gold mine. The walk itself is straight forward, and the hole makes for a rewarding end point. Be warned though: there’s no railing around the hole, so watch the kids.

 

Peterson Lake Trail

The Peterson Lake Trail is one of the easiest serious hikes around Juneau. This four mile hike ends at a pleasant lake. The trail will give the kids a workout, but it’s totally possible to do with a family in half a day.

 

Last Chance Mining Museum & Historical Park

This place is a gold mine of fun activities for kids – literally! The Last Chance Mining Museum offers a hands on exploration of Alaska’s mining history. After learning about the gold rush, the family can even have a shot panning for gold! The historical park has some very easy walking trails, with a fun reward at the end. Sure, the walk isn’t much of a trek, but it’s a good chance to see a bit of the Alaskan wilderness in a way they'll keep the kids excited.

Overall, it’s a solid half day adventure, though be warned: the road out there can be a little slippery, so drive carefully.

 

Summer Dog Sled Camp

How about a trek where you don’t need to do any walking? Just down the road from Last Chance Mining, the Summer Dog Sled Camp offers the chance to go for a trek in an actual dog sled. Kids can also learn about the history of dog sledding, and its role in the history of Alaska. Plus, you can even get up close and personal with some puppies!

Combined with the Last Chance Mining Museum, this is easily a full day out for the whole family.


As a final word there's some pleasant walks to be done from our lovely Bed and Breakfast in Juneau. If you like to walk make sure you let us know and we'll give you some additional tips!

"My wife and I had the trip of a lifetime. We saw Eagles on the beach every morning and felt like we were completely emersed in the Alaskan experience"
~ John & Nancy Smith, Detroit, MI
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