Mt.McGinnis/Mendenhall Glacier | Alaska, USA, 1998

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Mendenhall Glacier

Distance :  10.8 miles (17.4 km)

Avg.Time : 6 – 7 hours

Start / Finish :

  • Mendenhall Lake Campground
  • Juneau city buses will drop you at the junction of Mendenhall Loop and Montana Creek Rds. From this point it is one mile walk to the trailhead.

Season :  June to September

Maps / Info :

Route / Conditions :

  • The trail is well signed and easy to follow up until the rocky outcrop viewpoint, which signifies the end of the West Glacier Trail.
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Trail to Mendenhall Glacier.

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Overlooking the glacier on the way to the summit.

  • From there, the route is sporadically marked with cairns up until the summit of Mt.McGinnis.

Sleeping :

  • Scenic camping options above the tree line.

Overview :

  • Jaw-dropping views of Mendenhall Glacier and Auke Bay make this one of Alaska’s finest day hikes.
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Obligatory snowball fight.

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The descent.

 

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