Mendenhall Lake

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.

Recent Trail Updates

Mendenhall Lake Ice drilled

Drilled 2 holes to the North of Skaters Cabin this afternoon. total ice thickness 18 inches, First 9 inches soft ...

Skate skiing is great

The lake has some textured, compacted, snow, and ice that is very scateable today.

Done grooming lake

Had trouble seeing when snow showers came so things a bit crooked but groomed for skate and set new classic. A ...

Wax Up

Skied the ungroomed lake just before noon on no-wax nordic skis. Snow started to sticking to our skis as we ...

Plan for Wednesday

I’m waiting for a little snow to accumulate before grooming lake. May start about noon. BF


One skate lane pass done before I had to leave for a little while. Campground being groomed now. I will return to ...