4th of July Fireworks

July 3rd, 11:59pm Free (No leader)

They are set off over the channel (between downtown Juneau + Douglas island). I suggest going to the Juneau side of the Douglas bridge, great viewing spot

Various celebrations!

July 4th Free (No leader)

10am parade in Downtown Juneau.

Sand castle contest at Sandy Beach, in Douglas — noon check in for the competition; judging at 4pm

Gold Creek Salmon Bake

Tuesday, July 4 7pm   ~$50 each   (No Leader)

Get tickets in advance. Celebrating Hunter’s parents, Pat & Tom, on their wedding anniversary! Plus all you can eat epic Alaskan dinner.

Perseverance trail

Wednesday, July 5, 10am-2pm  (Free)

Leader: Amy, cell (415-377-4107)

Distance: 6.5 miles total (out and back)
Elevation change: 700 ft.
Meeting point: End of Basin Road (map)

Join us for a beautiful hike up and back on the Perseverence Trail. While the first 1.5 miles are steeper, after that it levels out more and includes beautiful views, flowers, and wildlife. Did you know that the trail is historically significant and became the first road in Alaska? (you can read more about the history here). Highlights include mining ruins, wildflowers, and views of the falls. Be aware that parts are steep with dropoffs to our right as we ascend.

We plan to hike to the trail’s end and eat our brown-bag lunches, and then turn around and head back down.

What to bring:

  • Water
  • Backpack
  • your lunch
  • rain gear
  • hiking shoes
  • binocs
  • camera

Wildflower Gathering

Wednesday, July 5, afternoon   (Free)

Leader: Andrea,

Short flat walk on Brotherhood trail to gather wildflowers and greenery for the ritual. Amazing fields of fireweed especially. Amazing views of the glacier and a walk in the Tongass National Forest.

Whale Watching

Thursday, July 6, 9am-4pm   ~$125

Leader: Captain Broch Bender,

Captain Bender says, “Welcome aboard!” We chartered a 49’ catamaran and we are guaranteed to see whales. Caravan to Auke Bay harbor at 8:30am from Eagle River, or meet us at Auke Bay Harbor at 8:45am. Bring a lunch or buy a sandwich on board- hot cocoa and water will be provided.

Treadwell mine ruins

Thursday, July 6, 4pm (Free)

Leader: Lindsey,

Easy walk — flat, 1-2 miles —on an unpaved path with some guided signs looking through the crumbling old buildings that used to be the town around the Treadwell mine. Along Sandy Beach in Douglas — the sand is mine tailings. At its height, the Treadwell Mine was the largest and most advanced gold mine in existence, employing approximately 2,000 men and women and producing $70 million worth of gold. Collapsed in 1917. Lindsey will have an extensive booklet about it and can tell us even more history.

Mendenhall Glacier

Friday, July 7, morning  (Free)

Leader: Taylor

Easy walk on a paved path to the glacier’s visitor center, which has films and information. Continue on to Nugget Falls for a slightly longer walk (2 miles, flat well-maintained trail). But make sure to be back by 2pm for the Big Event!

Low Tide Pools

Saturday, July 8, 7am  (Free)

Leader: Kate,

The creatures just off the coast in Alaska’s waters are amazing and weird. The lowest tide while we’re in town is early morning on Saturday, which gives us a chance to see creatures who would usually be under water. We’re trekking out early to a beach to see as much of the marine life as we can with Kate, marine biologist, and Lynette, knowledgeable local. See sea anemones, sea cucumbers, chitons, limpets, blennies, sponges, and maybe even a geoduck!

Mt Roberts Tram or hike

Saturday, July 8, afternoon

Leader: Tom Hill,

Free to hike; tram is $33 all day pass; $16 6-12yrs; Free under 5yrs

Strenuous hike or take the tram up Mount Roberts. Meet at 6pm for dinner at the top of the tram at the Timberline restaurant (menu is on the tram website, but you have to dig for it).


1: The hike from the bottom to the Tram is about 3 miles and 1,750’ elevation gain. Once at the tram, it’s another 6 miles (roundtrip) and 2,866’ additional elevation gain to the summit. There will probably be snow at the top —  Waterproof boots are a good option since you may be crossing some snow patches.

2: The tram is a few bucks but worth the amazing views (and saves your knees).


Do it yourself adventure options

  • false outer point (rocky beach)
  • salmon fishing
  • mine ruins easy walk
  • glacier bay boat ride
  • Alaska brewery tour
  • salmon hatchery
  • helicopter tour
  • kayaking