Information on bicycling in Juneau
June 24, 2009
Biking in Juneau
Ferry Terminal to Downtown (15 miles)
Bicyclists traveling by ferry arrive at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal, about 15 miles biking from downtown Juneau. To get downtown turn right out of the terminal and use the wide shoulders of Glacier Highway. About 2.2 miles from the ferry terminal you will pass the University of Alaska Southeast campus at Auke Lake. Shortly after crossing the Mendenhall River Glacier Highway becomes a 4-lane divided highway: Egan Drive. After Riverside Drive, the first traffic signal after the bridge, Egan is closed to bicyclists. To get to downtown: follow the pathway on the north (left) side of the road to Mendenhall Loop Road (you’ll first see the pathway after crossing the bridge and before reaching Riverside). From the Loop Road follow the pathway on the left (north) side to Glacier Highway near Fred Meyer. Wide shoulders on Glacier Highway to the Salmon Creek intersection accommodate bicycles. A pathway connects two discontinuous segments of Glacier Highway between Salmon Creek and 2 ½ mile intersections. Glacier Highway continues into town becoming Glacier Avenue, then Willoughby. About 4.5 and 5.0 miles from the ferry terminal bicyclists can turn right to access the airport business district and the Juneau airport. About 13 miles from the ferry terminal, 9 from the airport, is 10th Street and the bridge access to Douglas Island, the town of Douglas and to North Douglas Highway.
Ferry Terminal to End of the Road (28 miles)
A left turn out of the ferry terminal leads to the USFS Auke Village campground (1.5 mile), Lena Point, Tee Harbor, the Shrine of St. Therese (8.2 miles), Amalga Harbor, Herbert and Eagle Rivers, Eagle Beach (and a State Parks campground – 13.4 miles), and Sunshine, Bridget and Echo Coves. The road ends at Echo cove, about 28 miles from the ferry terminal, 43 miles from downtown. The first three miles of highway from the ferry terminal has wide paved shoulders.
Into the town of Douglas, about 3 miles, the highway has wide shoulders. North of the roundabout intersection at the end of the bridge, North Douglas Highway has wide shoulders for 10 miles, followed by four miles of extremely scenic and sparsely used road often frequented by cyclists and joggers. Fish Creek Road leads from the highway up to Eaglecrest Ski Area, a 5.2 mile road with wide shoulders and significant elevation gain.
Juneau roads closed to bicycles
Egan Drive between Riverside Drive and Highland Drive (by the high school) (about 10 miles).
Mendenhall River Trail (Kaxidigoowu Heen Dei): 2.2 miles, follows the meltwaters of the Mendenhall Glacier from the trailhead at the Brotherhood Bridge on Glacier Highway north to a trailhead at the end of River Road, off the Back Loop Road. Crosses Montana Creek. A spur connects via pedestrian bridge to Dimond Park on Riverside Drive.
Mendenhall Loop Road pathways: 3.6 miles, parallel both sides of the main road in the Mendenhall Valley. A 1.25-mile spur connects the south end of the Loop road pathways to a trailhead near Fred Meyer (end of Glacier Highway segment). A one-mile spur along Back Loop Road connects Mendenhall Loop Road to Mendenhall River Elementary School.
Twin Lakes pathway: 1 mile, offers a pleasant ride for families along the shores of Twin Lakes, paralleling the Old Glacier Highway. A trailhead is at a city park near Salmon Creek.