Top Adventures in Gustavus

  • Hike the Bartlett River Trail

    The trail meanders through an intertidal lagoon, a spruce & hemlock forest, and ends at the Bartlett estuary. In the summer, expect to see otters, eagles, seals, moose, and bears. In the late summer, salmon run up the Bartlett River which attr...

    4 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike the Bartlett Lake Trail

    The trail is primitive, and is best for experienced hikers hoping to find a bit of solitude and amazing views in Glacier Bay National Park. About 3/4 down the Bartlett River Trail, the trail splits. Veer left to go on the Bartlett Lake Trail. 

    10 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike the Forest Loop Trail

    Benches line the trail, strategically placed at scenic viewpoints. The Forest Loop Trail is primarily used for hiking, and is best used from March to October. The trail features amazing wild flowers and is great for all skill levels. The trail can...

    1 miles 144 ft gain

  • Hike the Tlingit Trail

    This trail is a great spot for viewing minke whales, killer whales, humpback whales, and bald eagles. On clear days, the trail features great views of the Fairweather range. 

    0.6 miles 0 ft gain

  • Camp at Bartlett Cove Campground in Glacier Bay NP

    Depending on how you arrive to Gustavus, (which may or may not be the most difficult part of this adventure) you'll want to head to the Visitor Information Center at Bartlett Cove within the park to grab a free camping permit if you are there duri...

    1 miles

  • Exploring Icy Strait Point

    There are many things to do at Icy Straight Point!  You can explore the rocky beach by kayak, photograph the pier, or skip rocks on the glassy surface. The water here is extremely calm and is great for paddling.  There are also hiking trails nearb...

  • Camp at Boy Scout Beach in Juneau

    Far from where the tourists venture, this is an incredible hang out and camping spot in Juneau. The trailhead is at the 25 mile marker on Glacier Hwy. There are a couple of roads when you exit the highway, but stick to the right and you will end u...

    1.5 miles

  • Hike to Eagle Glacier Cabin

    Eagle Glacier cabin is one of twelve different backcountry cabins in the borough of Juneau, Alaska that are cared for by the National Forest Service and DNR. Some are perched near lakes, some have views of glaciers, others near rocky beaches and s...

    11 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike or Camp on Mount McGinnis

    At a shop in Juneau, I saw a photo of from the top of a mountain that blew me away. I began searching and soon found that it was taken atop Mount McGinnis, one of Juneau's Big Five Summits.  Juneau's Big Five are a list of front range summits that...

    11 miles 4185 ft gain

  • Hike the Mendenhall Glacier

    The Mendenhall Glacier, formerly known as Sitaantaagu ("the Glacier Behind the Town"), is a 12 mile long glacier about 12 miles outside Alaska’s capital Juneau. A quick drive from downtown Juneau to the ‘trailhead’ parking lot finds you overlookin...

    8 miles

  • Kayak Mendenhall Glacier Channel

    Kayaking in the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area is an exciting and breath-taking experience. There are multiple ways in which to organize this fun activity: bring your own kayak, rent a kayak from town, or sign up for an on-shore excursion at ...

  • Kayak the West Arm of Glacier Bay National Park

    Ever wanted to sleep beside a calving glacier? Wake up with a humpback whale feeding along the shoreline of your private beach? Watch the sunset for hours until midnight?Witness bears foraging in the tidal zones or watch a moose go for a swim? Thi...

    0 miles 0 ft gain

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