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

Groomer

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 ...

Groomers

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 ...

Lake is not safe

Groomers drilled the lake on 2/1/2021. The Lake ice is 4 inches thick and has air bubbles. Not thick enough to ...

Ullr bringing it today!

Ullr A product of Norse mythology, he's been dubbed the God of Snow, Patron Saint of Skiers, the son of Sif and ...

Mendenhall Lake Ice Thicknes

Mendenhall Lake nordic loop was drilled at 9 locations along the route. Average thickness 9 inches of soft ...

Mendenhall ice thickness

Drilled 4 holes from the end of upper parking lot towards the outlet of Mendenhall Lake. Results 8 inches of ...

did not groom

Some water forming on top. Did not groom and unlikely that it will be groomed from here on. Get up early and go ...

Worth a lap

Groomed a 3.8 mile loop for skate skiing only. Conditions are a bit sticky but OK. Don’t mind the slush puddles, ...