Montana Creek Kaxdigoowu Héen
The gated trail starts on Montana Creek Road at the entrance to the outdoor gun range. Ski the city road 0.78 km over the hill and down to the bridge. From the bridge the narrower trail follows Montana Creek gradually uphill for another 2.25 km to the turnaround where you follow the same path down (a tad over 6km roundtrip). Watch out for other skiers! It’s a two-way trail but there is only one skate and one classic lane and the skate lane can be narrow in places.
This serene, heavily-forested trail is suitable for all abilities and offers views of Montana Creek and occasional views of Mt. McGinness and other neighboring peaks. Montana Creek is one of the coldest spots in Juneau and can have the longest skiable season: December through April and beyond. Skiers with dogs should keep them under control and clean up after them. A permanent outhouse is available at the city-owned rifle range. Although encounters with ATVs and snow machines are historically very rare, be aware as you may encounter off-highway vehicles day or night. Parking is in the pullout before the gun range entrance, 1.4 miles down Montana Creek Road (5784 Montana Creek Road, Juneau, AK 99801).