Saturday, September 17th, 2011
Juneau's Temperate Rainforest Jungle

The temperate rainforest around Juneau is distinguished by its numerous canopy layers created by a mixture of old and new growth Hemlock and Spruce trees, a dense lower level shrubbery growth, and the consistent presence of lichen, mosses, and ferns as ground cover throughout the forest. To me, the dense lower level at times is reminiscent of an impenetrable jungle, especially when hiking off established trails.

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Monday, July 25th, 2011
Herbert Glacier Trail

The beautiful weather last week encouraged Florian and I to ride on some of the local trails around Juneau. The Herbert Glacier Trail leads through lush rainforest and is about 5 miles long one-way with little elevation gain, perfect for kids who love to ride their bikes. It ends near the broad outwash plain of the Herbert River with a nice view of the glacier.

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