Blackerby Ridge Route Trail


The Blackerby Ridge Route trail is 3.5 miles long. It begins at Greenwood Ave. before the hospital and ends at Cairn Peak. This is a sparsely marked, undeveloped route, and not recommended for beginners. It begins with a moderate grade but soon becomes extremely steep, wet, and does not have switchbacks. The route eventually heads through a grassy area and then through a thin forest up to the ridge. The route disappears once above timberline, but it is possible to continue through low alpine vegetation to Cairn Peak. Waterproof hiking boots are recommended. You should carry your own water. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking

At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations are available for this area.
Open Season: 1/1
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Juneau, AK
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From Egan Drive, take the Salmon Creek exit (the turn-off for the hospital) and go about .1 mile. Walk up the short spur road to the right just before the plumbing shop. The route begins at the end of Wire Street on private property and is unmarked.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Day Hiking

The Blackerby Ridge Route trail is 3.5 miles long. It begins at Greenwood Ave. before the hospital and ends at Cairn Peak. This is a sparsely marked, undeveloped route, and not recommended for beginners. It begins with a moderate grade but soon becomes extremely steep, wet, and does not have switchbacks. The route eventually heads through a grassy area and then through a thin forest up to the ridge. The route disappears once above timberline, but it is possible to continue through low alpine vegetation to Cairn Peak. Waterproof hiking boots are recommended. You should carry your own water. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Viewing Wildlife

Look for deer along the way and marmots, grouse and ptarmigan near the top.

Viewing Plants

The trail goes through forest and meadows, providing a wide variety of plant life. Flowers are in bloom in June and July.

Viewing Scenery

Views from the top look into the Juneau Icefield.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
3.5 miles

  Latitude : 
58.3344746

  Longitude : 
-134.471626

  Elevation : 
20 - 4525