Perseverance Trail

The Perseverance National Recreation Trail follows ridges above timber line in the vastness of interior Alaska.

photo: Trail near Last Chance Mine Museum. Photo by Catherine Horiuchi.

Length: 3.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: Juneau, Alaska
State(s): Alaska
Counties: Juneau City, Borough
Longitude: -134.38628
Latitude: 58.30811

Driving Directions

Located in Juneau, this 3-mile backcountry trail started out as the first road in Alaska, linking the Gastineau Channel with various mines and mills in the Silverbow Basin. Today, it is considered one of Alaska's most historic and recreationally significant trails. Trail users enjoy relics of the gold mining era intermixed with a diversity of vegetation, waterfalls, snow slide gulches, and majestic views of the rugged mountains. In addition to its scenic and historic features, the trail serves as a link to area trails and allows for recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, and rock climbing (designated 2005).


The historic Perseverance Trail started out as the first road in Alaska, providing access from the shores of Gastineau Channel to various mines and mills in the silverbow Basin. Parks of the trail cling to steep cliffs on wooden cribs or rock walls while other parts wind through the northern rainforest and subalpine of the Gold Creek drainage. Over the years the road has turned into one of Juneau's most heavily used trails because of its smooth gravel tread, spectacular surroundings and easy access by foot from downtown Juneau.

Additional Details

Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Gravel
Secondary Surface: Gravel

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 10%
Elevation Low Point: 400
Elevation High Point: 1,100
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Trail information
Website: Video - hiking the trail
Website: American Trails Featured NRT

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Mike Eberhardt
Div. of State Parks and Outdoor Prog.
400 Wiloughby Ave,
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 465-4563
[email protected]



Trail near Last Chance Mine Museum. Photo by Catherine Horiuchi.

Trail near Last Chance Mine Museum. Photo by Catherine Horiuchi.


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