Mount Juneau

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Mount Juneau
Juneau Alaska.jpg
Downtown Juneau and Mount Juneau
Highest point
Elevation3,576 ft (1,090 m) [1]
Prominence295 ft (90 m) [1]
Coordinates58°19′10″N 134°24′22″W / 58.3194444°N 134.4061111°W / 58.3194444; -134.4061111Coordinates: 58°19′10″N 134°24′22″W / 58.3194444°N 134.4061111°W / 58.3194444; -134.4061111[2]
Geography
Parent rangeBoundary Ranges
Topo mapUSGS Juneau B-2
Climbing
First ascentUnknown
Easiest routeScramble

Mount Juneau is a 3,576-foot (1,090 m) massif in Southeast Alaska just one and a half miles east of downtown Juneau, Alaska, in the Boundary Ranges.[3]

History[edit]

Mount Juneau is steeped in mining history. Originally named Gold Mountain in 1881 by miners, it was also named Bald Mountain in roughly 1896. The name "Juneau Mountain" was first used in the mining records by Pierre "French Pete" Erussard when he located mining claims on the mountain in 1888.[2]

In 1976, it was proposed by Chuck Keen of Alaska Trams (later to become Mount Juneau Enterprises) that a jigback aerial tramway be built to the top of the mountain.[citation needed] The venture never reached fruition although Goldbelt Inc. did end up building Mount Roberts Tramway to the neighboring Mount Roberts.

Weather[edit]

Mount Juneau, with fresh winter snow, on November 11, 2015

Mount Juneau receives an estimated 300% more rain than downtown Juneau (which receives 91 inches or 230 centimetres per year on average).[4]

During winter, Mount Juneau is one of the preeminent avalanche threats to a major population center.[5]

Access[edit]

The trail to Mount Juneau's summit can be accessed via the Perseverance Trail about one mile (1.6 km) in from the trailhead. The trail features an assortment of alpine views as well although it traverses many steep slopes and caution is prudent in wet or snowy weather.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mount Juneau". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
  2. ^ a b "Mount Juneau". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2005-08-06.
  3. ^ "Mount Juneau and Granite Creek Trail". trails.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2005-08-06.
  4. ^ Robert Kanan. "All About Juneau's Rain". Weather Forecast Office Juneau. NOAA. Archived from the original on 2006-09-29. Retrieved 2005-08-06.
  5. ^ Jason Steele. "City looks at property tax rate reduction". juneauempire.com. Retrieved 2005-08-06.
  6. ^ "Juneau". alaskajourney.com. Retrieved 2005-08-06.