Ice Cave Trail

MODERATE 65 reviews
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Ice Cave Trail is a 5 mile out and back trail located near Juneau, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
889 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

cave

forest

lake

views

waterfall

hiking
21 hours ago

This hike was absolutely breathtaking. It started off in flat, moss covered forest. It transitioned to rock scrambling, a steep climbing section and finally loose rock. The views of the lake, Nugget Falls and Mendenhall Glacier are impossible to describe. While there is nothing too technically challenging, it's a solid hike and helps if you're in moderately decent physical shape.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

It is one of my favorite hike. It is a fun hike with rock scramble, scree, and an ICE CAVE at the end for all your effort.

The most important thing is to find your point of entry to the ice cave trail that splits from west glacier trail. The first view point sign that you see, turn right and then make a left down a rocky terrain. There should be a "1940" glacier retreat sign in front of the trail. After defending that rocky terrain, that is where the fun starts.

The trail is well mark with ribbons and the glacier retreat year sign. The trail is well traveled so you can spot the trail. Coming back might be a little trail searching in the beginning. Since there is a good proportion of the trail is rock exposure, wear good traction boots and watch out for rain. A little rain is find but a down pour might have you slipping.

I hiked a lot and was able to carry my 2 year son on a carrier and use my hand once on a upclimb rock scramble. So it is doable for every hiker and even the beginner. Just take some time and don't get intimidated.

hiking
5 days ago

I'm an avid hiker and this trail is definitely not moderate. A few things to help y'all, where there's a sign and fork in the road, take the scenic route to the right. Don't try to hike this in tennis shoes at all. Be prepared to free climb a canyon, and be really really careful if it's suppose to rain or if it just rained. A lot of the trail was flooded out and when climbing down the canyon it started raining rendering small waterfalls and made it really difficult and slippery. There is no easy way to do this. On top of the canyon/ mountain follow the signs or stacked rocks. The red trail markers not always visible. Overall it's well worth the views. Absolutely gorgeous. But make sure you follow what I listed above and it will go smooth.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

I'm not a hiker, I'm a walker, so for me it was hard. We did get lost and had to back track to get on the trail. It's not well marked, the ice cave was amazing!! My husband is an avid hiker he rated it a 6 out of 10. Beauty is a 10+.

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15 days ago

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25 days ago

Most beautiful and unique place I have ever been in, and the sad part is that it just won't last for more then a year or two.

hiking
26 days ago

First half of trail is easy. Gorgeous forest, stream, small waterfall. Can easily hike side trails a few hundred feet for views of Mendenhall lake, glacier and Nugget Falls.

26 days ago

Amazing trial! As others have said, it's difficult in places with rock scrambling and a poorly marked trial. Head right when you see the white laminated sign toward "viewpoint" for the best route down. Very worth it and you don't need a guide in my opinion.

29 days ago

on the harder side of moderate with one moderately hard, but short, climb. In July it was well marked with tape through the woods and rock cairns. Pretty deserted early in the morning, but use picked up midday. no ice cleats were needed this year to get to the caves.

heard loud cracking and rockfalls, so did not enter caves.

easier route is boating across lake to west side of glacier and easy uphill walk to caves

1 month ago

Not moderate, very challenging and brink rock scrambling skills but awesome accomplishment.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

A bit sketchy to follow, and tricky on the rocks, but worth it! I didn't find it very hard, but plan 5 hours to be safe. took us 4.5 with break at the caves for about 30.

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