When snow and lake ice conditions permit. Ski at your own risk! The trail leaves from the Skaters Cabin. The ski loop distance varies from ~4-9 km. The trail is suitable for all abilities of both skate and classic skiers and can be opened or closed for weeks at a time depending on conditions. Lake skiing can offer outstanding views of the surrounding mountains and Mendenhall Glacier but can be windy and foggy. Skiers with dogs should keep them under control and clean up after them. There is an outhouse next to the Skaters Cabin. Parking is in front of Skaters Cabin and the West Glacier Trailhead, Skaters Cabin Road, Juneau, AK 99801.
Mendenhall Lake Information
Recent Trail Updates
The Lake is not groomed, slush under a layer of snow.
If you add the “bonus” loop on the lake, and also add a helping of campground strides, you get a 6-mile lap.
Skating is really good and classic is OK too. I added a bonus loop that starts out by the point and goes towards the visitor center