Juneau is a quaint coastal town in the heart of the Tongas National Rainforest which means it rains quite a bit! On average the annual precipitation is about 100 inches and the wettest months can be July, September and October. All that rainfalls helps keep the timberline surrounding Juneau lush and green! During the summer, temperatures are pleasant but balmy and range from 50 degrees F to 60 degrees F with the occasional hot day of 70 degrees F. Even though that is not scorching compared to places like Arizona or Alabama, to us Alaskans, it is time to break out the sunscreen and box fans (we don’t really have air conditioning here!!!). So when planning what to wear and bring during your visit here are some helpful tips to go by:
* Bring lots of layers! Plan to pack your suitcase full of clothes for any type of weather and bring lots of layers from t-shirts and shorts to long pants and fleece pullovers. You can alway take off a sweatshirt or tie a jacket around your waist if you work up a sweat hiking or the skies clear in the afternoon. You will definitely be glad to have warmer pieces for if the weather gets cold and windy as you are adventuring around Juneau!
**Note – if you are coming for your Alaskan trip in April or early May, you may want to bring along a warm hat, scarf and gloves especially if you are planning to be on a boat whale watching or fishing or taking part in any outdoor activities.**
* Bring a good rain jacket or coat! With the unpredictable weather it is a good idea to have a quality outer shell to keep you warm on damp, colder days. And always bring a rain jacket, puffer vest or warmer layer when hiking in the spring as the wind often increases as you get higher in elevation.
* Wear comfortable shoes! With the miles and miles of hiking trails and so much to see and do here in Juneau wearing good footwear is key. Hiking boots, running shoes, casual sneakers or galoshes are recommended to keep your toes toasty, dry and comfy. Extra socks might be another item you would want to tuck in your pack or purse if you are going to be kayaking or trekking.
Other accessories may want to throw into your bag might be retractable hiking poles, baseball cap, bug spray, sunscreen, sunglasses, small first aid kit, water bottle and definitely a camera.
What to wear ziplining:
We go zipping rain or shine! So the same dress code applies to your zipline tour as they do for walking around town or going for a hike: dress in layers, bring a jacket and wear comfortable shoes. Long pants are recommended and could be jeans, hiking pants, leggings or running tights. On warmer day, shorts are fine to wear but would remember you will be in a harness so longer shorts are suggested. An extra rain coat is provided when you check in with your guides for your tour. This will add an extra layer and keep your clothes protected from the rain and tree sap if you plan on doing any tree hugging!!! If it ends up being a clear, sunny and warmer day there will be a place to lock up any articles of clothing you wish to peel off and leave behind. Hats, gloves, scarves and sunglasses are all great items to take along and should not come off as you fly through the trees.
** Note: The only requirement is that all participants wear closed-toe/closed-heel shoes. No sandals, slip-ons or heels are permitted on the tour. **
No matter the weather, no drizzles or raindrops will get in the way of your adventures!