Herbert Glacier Trail


The Herbert Glacier Trail is 4.9 miles long. It begins at Glacier Hwy Mi. 28 and ends at Herbert Glacier. This trail was rebuilt around 2003. The first 3.5 miles or so have a 6 ft wide gravel tread that is excellent for an easy mountain bike ride. The last 1.5 miles or so becomes more technical for mountain biking, but it is possible to walk bikes beyond tricky spots. It begins in a mature spruce/hemlock forest and continues through smaller stands of trees as it winds up the Herbert River valley. This trail provides an excellent opportunity to examine postglacial plant succession. Closer to the glacier, the plant communities are younger since the ground was more recently deglaciated. The trail continues as it passes over several small mounds of glacially deposited rock and sand and then ends near a terminal moraine. Under no circumstances should you approach the face of the glacier because of the danger of falling ice. Look for mountain goats on the surrounding cliffs. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking

At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations are available for this area.
Open Season: 1/1
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Juneau, AK
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: The trail begins at mile 28 of Glacier Highway just past the Herbert River Bridge. There is a parking lot for approximately 14 cars on the right side of the highway where the trail begins.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

This is a beautiful ride through old growth forest, transitioning into younger stands that became established more recently after Herbert Glacier receded. The trail is 6' to 8' wide for the first 3.5 miles or so and then becomes more narrow. The trail provides a few more challenges in the last 1.5 miles or so such as some hills and a narrow area of trail cut into bedrock and Herbert River just below. Some riders may choose to walk their bikes around these sections in order to make it to a view of Herbert Glacier.
Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult

Day Hiking

The Herbert Glacier Trail is 4.9 miles long. It begins at Glacier Hwy Mi. 28 and ends at Herbert Glacier. This trail was rebuilt around 2003. The first 3.5 miles or so have a 6 ft wide gravel tread that is excellent for an easy mountain bike ride. The last 1.5 miles or so becomes more technical for mountain biking, but it is possible to walk bikes beyond tricky spots. It begins in a mature spruce/hemlock forest and continues through smaller stands of trees as it winds up the Herbert River valley. This trail provides an excellent opportunity to examine postglacial plant succession. Closer to the glacier, the plant communities are younger since the ground was more recently deglaciated. The trail continues as it passes over several small mounds of glacially deposited rock and sand and then ends near a terminal moraine. Under no circumstances should you approach the face of the glacier because of the danger of falling ice. Look for mountain goats on the surrounding cliffs. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Difficulty Level: Easy

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
4.9 miles

  Latitude : 
58.5247119

  Longitude : 
-134.795423

  Elevation : 
20 - 320