Hike West Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau

What: A beautiful forest hike leading up close to the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. The main part of the trail is 4 miles with 560 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate.

When: Ideally accessed in the summer months of May to October. Total hike should take about 2 hours.

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/qwcxDVp4Mjp5E3J99
Alltrails link: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/alaska/west-glacier-trail


  • The first part of the trail is well marked, wide and easy to follow. Ultimately, there are a few narrow paths that lead off further into the woods that can be somewhat sketchy and hard to follow. However, the best views come with taking these paths further down the trail. Generally, there is a path leading higher up which will offer stunning view of the glacial valley and lake. Another trail leads further down up to the face of the glacier.