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


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.

Trail to Mendenhall Glacier.


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.

Obligatory snowball fight.


The descent.


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