Mount McGinnis Trail via West Glacier Trail

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Mount McGinnis Trail via West Glacier Trail is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Juneau, Alaska that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,242 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

25 days ago

That summit view is worth the hike! Definitely recommend as others did after a few dry days due to a lot of steep loose rocky inclines.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is fairly easy to find once at the rocky outcropping where West Glacier appears to peter out. Just use some intuition and keep a keen eye for the tape. If no tape then reassess, as it was simply missed. Once past the outcropping it is very well marked up through the trees all the way to the summit. Best when dry from a few days of sun, as mud and slime would slow both ascent and descent and there are plenty of opportunities to hose up an ankle. My Fenix 5 put it at 4337 ft, and just under 12 miles out and back. Last 1000 ft of vert can be discouraging if mind is set on a walk in the park. Didn’t see any bears or sign of bears, and encountered 7 others in various groups above tree line in early July, so I’d say it is fairly well trafficked, at least in dry conditions. I am no Strider, but this is my favorite hike.

hiking
3 months ago

So there actually is no trail from west glacier. I looked for a while, followed my gps to where is should have been, there’s nothing. Maybe past tree line there’s a bit of one, but honestly you don’t need one then. Spent a good 2 hours pulling myself up the side of the mountain by alder bushes. Expect to be climbing on all fours if you hike this trail.

hiking
11 months ago

Challenging hike. Slightly more difficult than I anticipated but well worth it. Trail is pretty wet until you get above the tree line. Cold and windy on top -jacket, hat and gloves in case you're delayed up there is always a good idea. Easy to get turned around especially when coming down. Look closely for orange tape in the trees marking the way. If you feel lost you probably are.....climb back up and locate the marker tape to get back on track. My phone battery died for a few minutes so my track says 9.7 miles. I think that's a little short .....felt like 11 miles to me:) I walked up on a porcupine that was so big I thought it was a bear at first. My "Lyft" was waiting for me at the bottom right when I finished so life is good. Now I'm going to sleep!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

IMPORTANT. DO NOT FOLLOW THAT MAP THAT IS DRAWN ON HERE. You will not even be remotely close to the red line when hiking. I think they had some little kid just draw a squiggly line from point A to point B. Everything else was great. Plan on getting lost a few times. There is no longer a sign at the trailhead so you have to know when to turn left. Flags marking the way are sometimes fallen or unseen. Be sure to look both forward and backward to assure you know where you are going. Also the views on east glacier trail are phenomenal. I realize the people that have mapped it out below know what they are doing. Follow those instead

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

West glacier trail is nice and easy with a few nice viewpoints. No jokes about it, this is a long steep hard climb to the top. I was able to see Mt. Fairweather over the Chilkats. I dropped down and had lunch while looking at Mendenhall towers.

hiking
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Easy hike through the end of West Glacier Trail, but once you're on Mt. McGinnis Trail, it's trail sniffing. Keep an eye on tape markers for it will help you navigate through the unmarked trail. Awesome views of Mendenhall Glacier and Mendenhall Valley. Dogs are allowed on the trail.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013