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Perseverance National Recreation Trail

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Perseverance National Recreation Trail

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Alex G wrote a review Aug 2020
Dillingham, Alaska6 contributions1 helpful vote
A pretty easy trail that offers great views! Make sure to put dogs (and unruly children) on a leash near the sheer dropoffs.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Grand Master Luther wrote a review Jul 2020
25 contributions7 helpful votes
Probably the most physically demanding trail we explored during our stay in Juneau. This is primarily because it is all uphill (mild to moderate grades) going in, but oddly enough the trip back seemed harder on the legs. Trail is in good shape although it is prone to rock slides, so there are patched segments (no difficulty with negotiating). More joggers than the other trails we were on in Juneau as it is apparently the "training run" for the more athletically inclined residents. Make sure you go to the falls.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Tom H wrote a review Jun 2020
37 contributions3 helpful votes
The trail can be as long or short as you want. I wouldn;t necessarily recommend the whole length. You can take it about an hour to see the waterfall really well. Go just a little past that and there is a side trail not as well traveled that goes right to the top of the falls and is great. There are many traisl that connect and can be made a longer hike all way to the old mine too but the views are less along this part. It is a good amount of elevation gain and uphill for about all of it. But we did it with teens and some 70+. Near the parking area, go towards the mine museum to get rigth down by the creek too.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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David G wrote a review Sep 2019
3 contributions2 helpful votes
It was a really wet day in Juneau but we decided to do this hike. The waterfalls were spectacular and the raging river impressive. Well worth the effort.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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kay-cee-1138 wrote a review Aug 2019
Houston, Texas348 contributions167 helpful votes
Above Juneau's old town is a the Perseverance trail, which evidently follows the path of an old mining road. The trail is somewhat uneven in places (sturdy footwear would be best) and mostly uphill (going east from the trailhead at the east end of Basin Road). But that said, it's not an especially strenuous three miles, and is graded "easy" -- we encountered numerous people running and biking up the trail, along with many other hikers. The trail offers a variety of scenery along the way; it roughly follows Gold Creek and crosses it multiple times. The trail is fairly well-signed at junctions with other paths. For hikers wishing to carry a topo map just in case, your reviewer found the "Juneau Area Trails Guide" map to show the trail in adequate detail. Near the trailhead is an old mine entrance which produces a remarkably steady flow of cold air even during the height of summer -- it was great to stand in front of the mine shaft's "air conditioning" after returning from our afternoon trek on the Perseverance. Note that there's lots of parking at the trailhead, but it appears that many visitors either walk up from the waterfront, or take a taxi.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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