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

April 2nd Mendenhall Lake

Very poor conditions 4inches of snow atop 5 inches of slushy water . Recommend staying off Lake.

March 20th Lake some Slush

Mendenhall lake was rolled this morning Slush zones were found along the route. No classic track set. Skiers are ...


The Lake is not groomed, slush under a layer of snow.
6 mile loop

6 mile loop

If you add the “bonus” loop on the lake, and also add a helping of campground strides, you get a 6-mile lap.

Great skiing

Skating is really good and classic is OK too. I added a bonus loop that starts out by the point and goes towards ...


Excellent skate and classic. No grooming It’s too good. Lake drilled by Don and Doug with thickness of ten ...

March 10th Lake is Ready

Lake has been drilled at 14 sites on our Nordic Loop average of 12 inches of soft ice through out the course. No ...


Don, Chris and Peter measured the ice at Mendenhall. There are multiple areas with 3” Of slush under the snow ...

Mendenhall Lake still UNSAFE

Tested Mendenhall lake Tuesday morning Found conditions poor with no improvement. Snow cover is preventing ice ...