Places to Visit in Juneau, Alaska ↠ Herbert Glacier Trail.

One of my favorite (and longest, that I've been on) hiking trails in Juneau, Alaska is Herbert Glacier Trail. It's perfect for a rainy day, which there are a lot of, because all of the thick trees cover you the majority of the hike, so you don't end up sopping wet. At least when it's only drizzling or a light rain.

If you want to make it all the way to the end, and I recommend it, that's where the view of Herbert Glacier is...prepare for a very long walk. About halfway through there's a pretty lake with gorgeous mountain views and a nice bench to rest. It's pretty much all flat walking trails though, so it's not too terrible. Just make sure to bring food and water. And of course, watch for bears!

Anyone planning a trip to Juneau this summer? If so, let me know in the comments! I'd love to help with any trip planning/recommendations.

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Places to Visit in Juneau, Alaska ↠ Kaxdigoowu Heen Dei (Mendenhall River Trail).

Kaxdigoowu Heen Dei (Mendenhall River Trail) was one of my favorite, and my most frequented, trails while we lived in Juneau, Alaska. It was located about a half mile down the road from our little cabin, so it was the perfect place to take Atka for a long afternoon walk on the days she (or I) was getting restless. It didn't matter how many times I walked this trail, I always felt like I was in the Enchanted Forest (Once Upon a Time anyone?). 

Mendenhall River Trail is perfect for Juneau days when it's raining (so pretty much every day), because it's covered well almost the entire length of the trail. I'd still wear rain gear if it's wet out, but you won't be miserable and soaked. I preferred this trail in the Winter, it was so gorgeous when all the trees were covered in snow!

One of my favorite things about Mendenhall River Trail was that there are multiple places to enter the trail, and while you're walking, there are multiple trails that go off the main path. This is great if you're like me, and don't want to walk the same trail over and over. I can't tell you how many times I walked this trail and I still didn't see it all. It's never boring! In fact, when I go back to Juneau next summer to photograph a wedding (which has since been posted), I plan to make a trip back to my old walking trail. I'll just be missing Atka...

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