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Herbert Glacier Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Juneau, Alaska that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.7 mi Elevation gain 1,259 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Shay-Marie T.
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HikingBugs

Easy hike but long. The last little bit before the beach is very narrow and rocky but it was still worth it.

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Gwen Lockwood
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HikingBugs

Awesome trail!! We hiked out and, for the third time in my life, forgot to leave our bikes before the cliff. Walked from the cliffs to the flats and then hiked up the hill to get a good view of the glacier. The trail up the hill isn’t maintained and is getting worse. It was sure a scramble. Super fun! Took us around 3 hours.

Cyndy Rutto
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Dylan Voges-Thwing
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Hiking

All in all, a nice trail for a cloudy day. Not much of a view on the first 80% of the trail, but the views of the glacier at the end are beautiful! The end of the trail is currently washed out and relatively inaccessible, but the rest of the trail is worth a visit in its own right.

Celina Sonnie
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Hiking

Beautiful view of glacier!

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Tawnia Hanel
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HikingBugs
Alicia Rife
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Hiking

Went biking with our 3 boys ages 3, 6 and 9. Our 3 yr old was towed, the other 2 did great. Good trail for a sunny day. It can be a long day, but worth it at least once.

Spirit-Angel Conley
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HikingWashed out

The end of the trail is currently washed-out. There were a bunch of people with bikes who went ahead of us but we decided jot to. can see the glacier clear as day, its absolutely gorgeous views even if you dont make it to the glacier. I recommend this hike for everyone as its very easy and a flat hiking/biking trail.

Rita Fryberger
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Hiking

This is a pretty easy hike, or bike ride. The trail is well maintained up to the river. To see the glacier you need to scramble over a rocky trail out to a sandbar and then back up the side of a rocky mountain. The river was running too high and fast to cross so we were only able to get to a lookout point. It was beautiful and worth the 9+ miles hike round trip.

Andrew T.
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Kiva Kiva
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Hiking

It is a VERY long and flat hike through tall trees just to get to the glacier. Great place to bike, run the trail, camp at the end, etc. However, there are not many different views along the way except for the tall trees. Fun to do on a rainy day because the trees covering keeps away the mud.

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Zaffar Ul
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Hiking

well maitained trail, saw several bikers using it as well. Trail ends a a river that does not offer much view of the galcier. Better veiw is just before the end of trail. There is way to get to the glacier, but we did not have time to make it to tgr glacier.

Micah Malueg
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Hiking

May 2017. The mileage is around 13miles round trip if you go all the way to the glacier. most trail guides only include the flat maintained trail to the washout. From the end of this easy trail (can bike on a town bike) you can see the glacier at a distance. if you want to get all the way to the ice, walk until the river meets the hillside and find a primitive trail marked by a single cairn and a orange tape on the brush. Follow this trail up and over the ridge. do not cross the river! once you get closer to the glacier, go along the left mountainside, left of the river. Once you get on this side it is a bushwack on a heavily over grown trail. Then you must cross steep rock slide areas to reach the glacier. once you get to the ice you'll need crampons to walk on it (it starts out steep). The biggest hazard on this route is steep/loose/slippery rock and difficult route finding. go prepared and have fun.

Joseph May
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Hiking

Easy trail, mostly through the woods. The last section to the glacier was flooded and inaccessible as of 7/03/16. Worth the hike regardless.

Tawney Marshall
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Mountain biking

Beautiful, flat, easy trail. Great for biking!! Bring some camp gear and stay the night at the beach at the end.

L D
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Road biking

Very flat and boring trail. Not much to see, your in the woods, few look outs on the river. Rest stop (bench) at 3.12 mile.

M S
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Hiking

Beautiful and easy trail.

Kelly Barrett
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. The end result is worth the seemingly flat first few miles. You'll come to the river where the trail starts to become a bit more rocky (while still flat) and then you will come onto a beach like area. This is a great place to rest and enjoy the beautiful view of the glacier and the river.

Zachary G.
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Hiking

Great trail! Biked just about all the way to the glacier in around 30-40 minutes. The glacier is receding so it's getting trickier to get up to it, but you can if you have time!

Fritz Menish
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Mountain biking

This is an easy ride. Long wide trail 90% of the way. As soon as you get to the river flats you have to get out on the sand to make the rest of the way to view the glacier. If you want to hike up to glacier you will hav e to leave your bike there and continue on foot.

Jennifer Myers
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This is a beautiful flat trail that lead deep into the Juneau forest to the glacier. You follow the river for most of the way. This was a good hiking trail, but it would have been much better and faster on a mountain bike. There is only one spot you have to walk your bike across. You could even ride 2.5 miles in and walk the rest. Many people did this. I preferred the west glacier trail to Mendenhall if you want to hike a beautiful trail.

kayla c.
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SharLyne Sidlo
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Julie Graves
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Alex Sargent
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Greg Williams
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Vanessa Aube
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K B.
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andrew mcellen
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Lyndsey Brollini
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