This hike begins on West Glacier Trail (Mendenhall Glacier) West Glacier Trail (Mendenhall Glacier) , which you’ll stay on from the parking lot past skater’s cabin. Keep going. You’ll gain elevation as you hike the edge of the Mendenhall Glacier down on your left. After a mile or so, the trail turns sharply to the left as you begin a long and strenuous ridge hike that eventually takes you to the apex of Mount McGinnis—the most perfect peak in Juneau. As you climb above the tree line, you’ll find ponds to refill your water bottles. Do it. The final portion of the hike is steep and exposed, so take your time. Look for mountain goats—this is their territory. But the amazing views are what make this climb worthwhile. And plan to make this a full-day hike; even if you finish early, you’ll be wiped out.
Mt. McGinnis Trail