East Glacier Trail
ElevationAscent: 644' 196 m
Descent: -641' -195 m
High: 716' 218 m
Low: 86' 26 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“A wonderful three-mile loop trail in Juneau, AK.”— Gary Spargo
The trail can be accessed from Mendenhall Glacier parking lot in Juneau, AK. I always hike it counterclockwise, starting by the mini lake and finishing by the visitor center. The trail is somewhat rocky in places on the ascent in this direction. The first half is also the wettest, with a lot of hillside drainage during typical rainy weather. However, there is very little mud even in the worst conditions.
Once you reach the top of the long wooden stairs, it 's pretty much all downhill from there. It's really fun to push it to the summit, then quickly catch your breath and fly down the switchbacks. Just be careful not to trip over any of the occasionally protruding rocks. Once you've finished coming down the switchbacks, there is one obvious viewpoint where the glacier can be seen--at least for the time being.
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Land Manager: USFS - Tongass National Forest Office
Sep 24, 2019: Brown Mountain Road landslide