The West Glacier trailhead cannot be reached from the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. To access this trail, take Mendenhall Loop Road to Montana Creek Road and follow the signs to Mendenhall Campground. This is the trail you want to take if you're looking to see a real Alaskan glacier. The view at the top affords incredible views of what seems to be an ocean of ice that is Mendenhall Glacier. There are a couple of areas where you are going to be climbing up some pretty long rock staircases. This trail has long sections with little change in elevation then short bursts where you're rapidly gaining elevation. You will have to cross a few small creeks to get to the end of the trail, but nothing that will come up past your ankles. Be sure to be on the lookout for bears.
Distance: 3.4 miles