Trails from the Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway
Length: 5-minute tram ride; 0.3-mile hike
A popular activity for cruise ship visitors is to hop on the Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tram, located just south of the cruise ship docks. The tram lifts you 1,760 feet up Mt. Roberts and drops you at the tram’s topmost terminal. Here at the treeline you’ll take in majestic views of Juneau and the surrounding channels and islands.
You can take a leisurely stroll along two short walking loops, both of which are paved and ADA accessible. You’ll see unique flowers and alpine vegetation, plus a raven’s-eye view of downtown Juneau, Gastineau Channel, Douglas Island, and all the tiny cruise ships in port. Or, head uphill on the gravel trails that can be a bit steep at times, but are relatively easy for the first 0.3 mile. Viewpoints offer sweeping panoramas stretching all the way to Admiralty Island.
Atop Mount Roberts you can also grab a bite at the Timberline, a bar and grill specializing in seafood, or visit the Chilkat Theater where you can watch an award-winning film on Tlingit history and culture and hit up the gift shop.
Getting there: Tickets and the entrance to the Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway are at 490 S Franklin Street, just south of downtown Juneau and the cruise ship docks. ($34/adult; $17 for children 3-17; free 2 & under).
Bonus hike: You can continue hiking a moderately difficult trail to Gold Ridge (2.4 miles round trip; 1,500 feet above Tram) or Mt. Roberts Summit (5 miles round trip; 2,000 feet above Tram). Above the first 0.3 mile, many visitors underestimate this trail, so be sure to prepare for these hikes like you would for any other hike.