Summer at Eaglecrest2018-06-06T21:24:50+00:00

Summer Activities at Eaglecrest

Summer Project Updates

Biking at Eaglecrest

Exploring Eaglecrest by mountain bike is all done by your own pedal power – there is no lift served mountain bike access at Eaglecrest. Whether you ride up and down the Summer Trail, ride the Sourdough Mountain Bike Trail or pedal down to the Treadwell Ditch on the Lower Nordic Trail, biking at Eaglecrest can be fun and challenging!

For your safety – please stay off and clear of all ski area machinery including chairs as they may move unexpectedly at any time.

Summer Trail

The Summer Trail is a multi-use trail that runs from the Eaglecrest’s Base Area to the top of the Ptarmigan Chair as well as the top of the Black Bear Chair. It is approximately two miles to the top of the Ptarmigan Chair with an elevation gain of 1,500 feet. Bikers are urged to use caution and yield to hikers. Maintenance vehicles may also be encountered at any time.


Lower Nordic Trail

This is a multi-use hardened trail that runs from the Eaglecrest Base 1.3 miles down to Fish Creek and the historic Treadwell Ditch. In the winter season, it is part of Eaglecrest’s Nordic Trail System. The trail has a hardened surface and it uneven in spots. Please exercise caution when riding.

Funded by a grant from the Alaska Trail Initiative and constructed by Trail Mix and Eaglecrest Staff, the Lower Nordic Trail runs from Eaglecrest’s Porcupine Lodge to Fish Creek.


Sourdough Downhill Mountain Bike Trail

The Sourdough Mountain Bike Trail is a downhill flow trail that is being built in two phases. Phase 1 of the trail was completed in Summer 2015 and can be accessed off the Summer Trail where it intersects the Sourdough Trail. Phase 2 will finish the trail to the top of the Hoooter Chair. The completion date is dependent on funding.

Phase 1 of the trail was funded through an Alaska State Parks Recreational Trails Grant awarded to the Juneau Mountain Bike Alliance with additional support from community donations and Eaglecrest. Trail construction by SJS Excavation and community volunteers.

Rider Information

  • Ride at your own risk
  • The Sourdough Mountain Bike Trail is unsupervised
  • Helmets and protective gear are recommended
  • Ride downhill only, NO hiking on trail
  • Inspect the trail slowly your first time through
  • Features can be dangerous in any conditions
  • Ride within your abilities
  • Stay on the trail, respect trail signage and closures
  • Do not modify trail or features
  • Ride Safe! Be aware of other riders at all times

Hiking at Eaglecrest

The Summer Trail runs from Eaglecrest’s Base Area to the top of the Ptarmigan Chairlift and the top of the Black Bear Chairlift. This trail meanders across the ski trails on the lower and east side of the mountain. Hikers will enjoy wildflowers, alpine meadows and scenic vistas. The Summer Trail is a multi-use for both hikers and bikers. Maintenance vehicles may be encountered at any time. No unauthorized vehicles are allowed. Below is a table of landmarks and distances along the Summer Trail.

Summer Trail

The Summer Trail is a multi-use trail that runs from the Eaglecrest’s Base Area to the top of the Ptarmigan Chair as well as the top of the Black Bear Chair. It is approximately two miles to the top of the Ptarmigan Chair with an elevation gain of 1,500 feet. Bikers are urged to use caution and yield to hikers. Maintenance vehicles may also be encountered at any time.

Pittman’s Ridge LoopTrail

This multi-use trail runs from the top of the Black Bear Chairlift along Pittman’s Ridge and down to the top of the Ptarmigan Chairlift.

To reach the trail you will have to hike 2.09 miles to the top of the Black Bear Chairlift. The Pittman’s Loop Trail starts just uphill from the top lift shack.

The trail, completed in 2016, offers great alpine views.

Black Bear – Hooter Access Trail

This multi-use trail runs from the bottom of the Black Bear Chairlift to the Top of the Hooter Chairlift.

To reach the trail you will have to hike 1.0 miles up the Summer Trail until you reach the bottom of the Black Bear Chairlift. The Black Bear to Hooter access road is approximately 150 yards above the bottom of the Black Bear Chair off to your right. The Black Bear Access Trail is 0.19 miles long.

The trail, completed in 2015, offers a new summer view of Eaglecrest as it meanders through the alpine slopes.

Lower Nordic Trail

This is a multi-use trail to be shared with other bikers and hikers. In the winter season, it is part of Eaglecrest’s Nordic Trail System.The 2.2 mile trail eventually meets up with the Treadwell Ditch Trail and makes it one of Juneau’s most spectacular and accessible hikes! The trail has a hardened surface and it uneven in spots. Please exercise caution.

Funded by a grant from the Alaska Trail Initiative and constructed by Trail Mix and Eaglecrest Staff, the Lower Nordic Trail runs from Eaglecrest’s Porcupine Lodge to Fish Creek.

Plan Ahead and Be Prepared

  • Know where you are going. Make a trip plan before you go; where you are going, when you will be back, & who knows you are going
  • Wear proper clothing & footwear; be prepared for changing weather conditions. Bring plenty of food, water and other essential items. There is no water available on the mountain
  • There are composting toilets at the Eagle’s Nest which is at the top of the Ptarmigan Chair
  • Remember you are in the wilderness – rescue may take some time to get you

Tread lightly & Leave No Trace

  • Only ride on trails, you are in a fragile alpine environment
  • Pack out everything you bring in with you, including your trash
  • Please clean up after your dob
  • Be considerate of others
  • Be BEAR aware!
  • Respect Wildlife – you are in their home
  • Leave rocks, flowers, plants etc for others to enjoy
Information Page

Eaglecrest Lodge – 0.00 mi/1150 ft.
Bottom of Ptarmigan Chair – 0.21 mi/1208 ft
Phase 1 start of Sourdough MBT – 0.57 mi/1447 ft.
Bottom of Black Bear Chair – 0.92 mi/1609 ft.
Art’s Bench – 0.97 mi/1661 ft.
Black Bear Access Trail – 0.99 mi/1673 ft.

Top of Inside Passage Trail – 1.56 mi/2151 ft.
Top of the Throat – 1.82 mi/2387 ft.
The “Y” in Easy Bowl – 1.97 mi/2486 ft.
Eagle’s Nest/Top of Ptarmigan – 2.12 mi/2594 ft.
Top of Black Bear Chair – 2.09 mi/2588 ft.
Pittman’s Ridge Loop – .5 miles

Conditions

Updated: 04/10/2018 01:00 pm1,130ft2,198ft
New Snow - Overnight0''0''
New Snow - 24hrs0"0"
Current Snow Depth0"0"
Temp51°F46°F
Wind (mph)calmcalm
Current Snow Depth - 2,594ft: 0'' Total Snow to Date: 206.1"

Bowl Status

Pittman Ridge: CLOSED
West Bowl: CLOSED
East Bowl Chutes: CLOSED

Lift Status

Porcupine Chairlift: CLOSED
Hooter Chairlift: CLOSED
Ptarmigan Chairlift: CLOSED
Black Bear Chairlift: CLOSED

Updates from the Mountain

All good things eventually have to come to an end and the ski season is no exception. Eaglecrest is now closed for the 2017-2018 season. We would like to thank the entire community for a good season and your ongoing support this winter. Enjoy your spring/summer and we hope to see you back on the mountain soon!

Hikers are urged to use caution as you may encounter snow cats, snow mobiles and other machinery on the mountain at any time.