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
Some water forming on top. Did not groom and unlikely that it will be groomed from here on. Get up early and go fast on the crust!
Groomed a 3.8 mile loop for skate skiing only. Conditions are a bit sticky but OK. Don’t mind the slush puddles, they are the fastest part
Lakes is groomed. No classic track but very nice skate
As of last week ice coring, Lake is not considered to be thick or stable for grooming.
Lots of overflow on lake and thin ice despite the cold weather. The ice is not safe for grooming or skiing.