If seeing a glacier is on your doggo’s barket list, then be sure to hit the Mendenhall Glacier Morraine Ecology Trail. This furrific trail is located on Alaska’s panhandle and can be accessed from the Steep Creek Trail near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center. Once on the trail, not only will your pal get views of the magnificent glacier, they’ll also hike through gorgeous terrain. The 1.5 mile trail crosses through thick forests and sandy flats. It also passes kettle ponds and Mendenhall Lake.
Since Mendenhall Glacier is a stop for many Alaskan tour buses, expect large crowds between May and September. But the glacier isn’t the only thing that makes this trail pupular; Steep Creek is one of the best places in the area to watch spawning Sockeye Salmon, as well as the bears that catch them!
It hasn’t been long since this area was uncovered by the
receding glacier. This means the ecosystem is quite fragile, especially the
moss and microbial black soil. Although you may see some spur trails or
shortcuts, be sure to stay on the designated trail. Also, help your furry
friend respect the wildlife. Beavers, Sitka black tailed deer, blue herons, and
ducks all call this place home.
The Mendenall Glacier Morraine Ecology Trail is a perfect option if your pooch is in the mood for a mellow hike with puptacular scenery. While parking for the trail is free, it costs $5.00 to enter the Visitors Center, which is where you’ll find restrooms and water. So if you want to save a few bucks, pack enough water to keep your and you pooch hydrated. Also, don’t forget clean up bags. Above all else, as you follow this trail, enjoy being in the beautiful Alaskan wilderness with your four legged friend!
In July and August, black bears feast on the spawning Sockeye salmon in Steep Creek. During this time, portions of the trail are restricted so the bears can feed in peace. If you and your pooch hike this trail outside of spawning season, it’s still a good idea to keep your eyes open for bears.