Ascend Mount Riley

Trailhead Options and Scenic Delights

@Sarah Elliott

Mount Riley Trail

Embark on an exhilarating journey up Mount Riley Trail, a stunning hike that offers breathtaking views from its 1,760-foot summit. This invigorating adventure boasts a variety of routes and experiences, inviting hikers to immerse themselves in nature's splendor.

With three trailheads to choose from, each path presents its own unique charms. Whether you opt for the direct route from 3-mile Mud Bay Road, the picturesque access road near Lily Lake, or the link from the Battery Point trail, prepare for an exploration of diverse landscapes and scenic vistas.

The hike to the top is a steady climb of approximately 2,000 feet over 2.5 miles from the Mud Bay trailhead. As you ascend, you'll traverse through old-growth coastal forests, sub-alpine zones with stunted trees, and picturesque alpine muskegs, all while surrounded by the captivating sights of glaciers, mountains, rivers, and the ocean.

Keep an eye out for the diverse flora and fauna along the way, from mushrooms on the Mud Bay side to blueberries along the Battery Point side. Upon reaching the summit, revel in a 360-degree panorama that includes the Chilkat River, Taiya Inlet, Skagway, Katzehin River, Juneau, Berner’s Bay, the Chilkat Range, Davidson Glacier, and Rainbow Glacier.

Remember to pack essentials like a camera, snacks, and warm clothing for your time at the top. Be prepared for potentially muddy trails and ensure you're equipped with sturdy footwear. Whether you choose to hike up and back from Mount Riley or plan an extended journey from Mount Riley to Battery Point (or vice versa), the awe-inspiring views and natural beauty of this trail promise an unforgettable adventure. Take your time soaking in the majestic scenery before descending, completing an experience that blends challenge and natural splendor in equal measure.

5.1  Miles



Campgrounds & RV Parks

If driving is your plan, be ready for unforgettable vistas as you drive the historic roads and highways into or out of Haines, all known as the “scenic route”.