Popular trail reopens
April 30, 2014 --
The Salmon Creek trail -- which was closed after a snow slide washed out
a section of the trail last January -- is now open. A temporary
detour around the damaged area, which has been marked with barriers, now
allows hikers to continue safely up the trail to the Salmon Creek Upper
Powerhouse. From there, hikers can connect to the penstock and
upper trail until it terminates at the Salmon Creek reservoir. Repair work on
the damaged area of the trail is expected to begin in August.
Do you use the Salmon Creek Trail?
If so, we'd like to hear from you.
Please take a few minutes
and complete this brief on-line
Salmon Creek Trail Survey.
The popular Salmon Creek Trail is a combination road bed and typical
Southeast Alaska trail which ends at the Salmon Creek Dam. The dam
was completed in 1914 by the Alaska Gastineau Mining Co., to provide
hydroelectric power for its mine and mill. Salmon Creek Dam was
one of the world's first constant-angle dams, and was the tallest of its
type in the world at the time it was built. The creek was
originally called "Tilhini" meaning "dog" salmon in the Tlingit
The original lower trail
was replaced with a road in 1984, which was used in the construction of
the new penstock when the Salmon creek Hydroelectric Project was
reconstructed. The Salmon Creek Hydro Project is regulated by the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and is operated and maintained by
AEL&P. The Salmon Creek project generates about six percent of
Juneau's electric need.