Juneau Wildlife Viewing
Out The Road

photo of Out the Road area wildlife For the intrepid wildlife viewer, no visit to Juneau is complete without a trip “out the road.” Trails, pullouts and overlooks offer remote, often solitary, wildlife watching opportunities and spectacular views of Lynn Canal and the Chilkat Mountains. For marine mammal viewing, anytime of day is fine. If you are hoping to see black and brown bears, porcupine, beavers or other land mammals and birds, your chances will be better at dawn and dusk. Stop at pullouts to improve viewing chances.


Roadside plants are an important food source for Sitka black-tailed deer and other animals.


  • Beaver
  • Black Bear
  • Brown Bear
  • Eagles
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Harbor Seal
  • Humpback Whale
  • Marmot
  • Porcupine


ear round, the Shrine of St. Therese (~mile 23) offers the best shore-based marine mammal viewing. Look for whales from the overlooks above Mab Island (~mile 37.5) as well.


  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Wheelchair Accessible


The public road ends 39.5 miles from downtown at Echo Cove. Auke Bay has the last available food and gas.

Plan to spend at least: 2 hours - full day +

Best Months

█ Best Month

  • January
  • February
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  • Best Month May
  • Best Month June
  • Best Month July
  • Best Month August
  • Best Month September
  • October
  • November
  • December


To get "out the road," follow Glacier Highway away from town and past Auke Bay.


Juneau Convention and Visitor's Bureau - (888) 581-2201 or http://www.traveljuneau.com