Mendenhall Glacier Moraine Ecology Trail


Type: Nature Trail
Length: 1.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area; Tongass National Forest, Starts at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center just west of Juneau.
State(s): Alaska
Latitude: 58.416
: -134.54929

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The Moraine Ecology Trail at Mendenhall Glacier takes the traveler back in time to trace the path of plant succession in the wake of the glacier's retreat. As nitrogen-fixing shrubs give way to mixed forest, the area is active habitat fro birds, a beaver colony, other small mammals and Sitka black-tailed deer. A salmon spawning stream crossed by the trail attracts black and brown bears late in the summer or fall. Hikers can easily see the shape of the landscape carved by the glacier and how plants and animals have colonized it since the glacier's retreat. Erratic rocks consisting of granite called Diorite have been left by the glacier throughout this trail. There are excellent views available of the glacier and lake in front of it, at times filled with icebergs.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Gravel
Secondary Surface: Gravel
Soil, compacted
Wood, running plank

Average Grade: 3%
Elevation Low Point: 80
Elevation High Point: 100
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

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Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Terri Campbell
Tongass National Forest
8465 Old Dairy Rd.
Juneau , AK 99801
(907) 586-8800



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