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hiking
13 hours ago

Theres a hidden switchback that takes you right up to the glacier. Absolutely breathtaking.

hiking
1 day ago

Epic. The hike was perfect, brought my dog... she’s pretty worn out from it but she loved every minute of it out there. Being on the Glacier was something else. I highly recommend this hike.

Fantastic hike to the ice caves and on the glacier. We had a professional guide for our group age 7 to 69, guide was critical to being on the glacier safely

hiking
6 days ago

We came in on a cruise. You can take the city bus and get off at the stop after the visitors center. Than walk a mile down the road past the camp ground to the trail head. The hike is amazing. Climbing down the the rock face at the end was a little daunting. But wow getting to set foot on the glacier with no one around was an unbelievable experience. You need to be very confident in your scrambling skills to do the final climb.

nice and easy very well trafficked and definitely not hard, a nice trail for a rainy day (as long as you're wearing waterproof shoes)

nice trail. not to difficult. I was a little bummed out when we reached the creek/river (that is the start of nugget falls) and that there was no access to view the falls. We really didn't get to see the glacier till the very end of the loop (started opposite of the visitor center). AJ falls was stunning! The stairs were kinda neat. the forest was amazing. Vistas were few. I give this trail a 5 out of 10.

hiking
15 days ago

This trail is not for the weak minded or anyone not ready for miles of steep climbing on 1-2 feet width of trail that on one side is a cliff and the other is a drop right into trees. Definitely plan this trail out when there is no rain in the forecast since most of the trail is made up of loose rocks. I would plan other hikes to get warmed up and used to heights before attempting this. We planned this after four days of hiking other trails and I am glad we didn’t do this one first. We are very active couple and we completed this in 4.5 hours. We took plenty of water and a meal to get us through this. Also bring mole skin just in case your feet blister and definitely wear bug spray if it’s a hot and clear day. The flies were horrible for most of the climb and it became almost unbearable at the end. Also bring some sunblock for the second part of the trail which is completely open. The view at the top is worth it so bring a blanket and enjoy a well deserved break.

hiking
16 days ago

Thought this would be easy at first since .5 miles is smooth gravel with wide paths but then it slowly got more difficult after the trail split. Took the “View Point” trail which turned the man made path into nature made. The path took you up and over tree limbs, steep rock hills and then eventually into climbing up cliffs until you see the glacier. We decided to keep going until we climbed onto the glacier and got a sample of it’s water. I would highly recommend taking a bottle or cup with you to try the water and make sure to wear really good boots or you can easier slip while climbing and hiking this trail. This trail gives you a great view of Nugget Falls, glacier caves and surrounding mountains. Bring warm clothes to change into once you get to the glacier and bring a snack to get you back home.

Moderate due to elevation but was very well maintained and didn’t have a lot of traffic on it. Great views from the top and was able to see downtown Juneau easily. Would recommend if you don’t mind heights.

Beautiful trail with plenty of great views for photos. Trail is mostly all 2x4 boards that are put together to create steps. Make sure you are ready for tons of stairs. Going done is rough due to the boards but the cabin and view from the top is worth it. Went during dry spell and 74 degrees outside but could tell that the trail would be slippery if it wasn’t for the boards. Reached cabin in 1hr 15mins which was perfect.

One of my favorite hikes, I try to head up at least 5 times a summer. once at top it's one of the most beautiful views.

Started at Basin and got all the way to Gastineau Peak. It is a very well maintained and highly populated trail considering you will run into many tourists. If you stop at the tram, great job! But you’re really missing out if you don’t at least get up on the ridge line! It gets pretty rocky after you pass the cross toward the ridge, but there were many tourists walking in running shoes and even Converse who still made it close. As always, I recommend going on a clear day so you can see the views from up top! Next time I’ll head another mile or so past Gastineau to Mt. Roberts Peak!

walking
20 days ago

Nice viewpoint for the glacier

buddy rented the cabin and it was rad, beautiful sunset and sunrise

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.

Prepare to climb some rocks and roots! This has been the most difficult hike yet for me. The meadows are absolutely gorgeous and it helps that there is a boardwalk in the beginning, but just know after the boardwalk you’ll be going up, up, and away! The top is breathtaking, especially being able to see the backside of Douglas.

hiking
24 days ago

Throwing the well deserved five stars because I came back to hike in the sunshine this time! The amount of flies that surround you most the hike are obnoxious, so I highly advise bug spray but prepare to be annoyed when you’re in the tree line and brush. The views were breathtaking and maybe if I go up a third time I’ll check out the natural pools at the summit. Most the hike is open, so I also advise you to bring sunblock.

Great hike! Very easy walk the first half, then once you get to the sign pointing you in the direct of the dam, be prepared for some incline! It is a well maintained trail, and once you get to the bunch of stairs you will be at the dam in no time. I enjoy the end view on this hike over a high mountain top. Being surrounded by the mountains just feels so different and peaceful. Got to pet a lot of adorable pups along the way too!

hiking
1 month ago

Local favorite for a reason! If you are not physically active daily then it's a tough hike but the trail is very clear, well maintained, a d heavily trafficked so an excellent trail to get in better shape. If you are questioning whether or not to try for the summit see how you do in the first mile up Perseverance. If that section is difficult, once you turn on to Mt Juneau it gets much harder. You can always enjoy a much easier and still very beautiful hike to Gold Creek. That being said, the summit is very rewarding and worth planning on hanging out for an hour or more. also worth hiking further down the ridge. I only go on Sunny days as the trail can be muddy and slick when rainy and it's a narrow trail. Would not recommend for people with heights issues! Mt Roberts Trail is less exposed and does not have the dramatic drops so probably much easier to start with and an easier hike up.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

trail running
1 month ago

Needed a little climb to prepare for Mount Roberts so this was close and easy to access. Pleasantly surprised that there were boardwalks over a lot of the boggy area. Didn't find the "top" of trail but enjoyed the sights in between. Even saw a yearling? black bear!

Great way to see the glacier. Lots of great spots for photos, views of the glacier and waterfall, and (sadly) lots of evidence of the glacier receding from the rocks on the road. Heavily trafficked to final viewing sandbar.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike 2 years ago, it was very easy:)

hiking
1 month ago

Only throwing a 4-Star because we hiked in the rain and the wind at the summit felt like it was going to blow us away! Highly advise to not hike in the pouring down rain (who in their right mind would right?!), but boy was it an adventure! If you do hike in the rain, bring extra clothes. My friend wore Nikes and had a few slips going down because it’s pretty muddy, but definitely hiking boots would be perfect. There is a shelter area at the summit by the old tram cables, it’s not amazing but helps out a lot to keep dry and refuel on snacks. I’d love to do this hike again, but on a much nicer day! A couple great spots to view downtown Juneau too!

Make sure to have your poles. Trail was muddy and slippery.

walking
1 month ago

Nice spot for good views of Mendenhall Lake, The Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls. Very easy, short walk from visitor center.

walking
1 month ago

Great trail for getting up close to Nugget Falls and the Mendenhall Glacier. Easy one mile stroll with a few easy up and downs. Probably doable with a stroller or wheelchair.

Kept a slowish pace starting at 7:30 am start and reached the top around 10. Mist at the top, light breeze. Mid /low 60’s.
Great hike, lots of washed out sections exposed roots good for climbing when needed. Trekking pole were very helpful on the way back down.

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.

Challenging hike that rewards you with fantastic views and snow toward the end to help you cool off after some hard work. Hiked it dry but can see how mud would make it much more difficult. Lots of dogs on the trail, and if a cruise ship is in town, lots of people coming down from the tram station on the first half of the hike.

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