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Great Experience to Walk on a Glacier – Herbert Glacier, Alaska

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Adventure | Comments Off on Great Experience to Walk on a Glacier – Herbert Glacier, Alaska

Herbert Glacier Trail is a 5 mile out and back trail (10 mile round trip) located near Juneau, Alaska and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking/biking and is accessible from May until October.
Herbert-Glacier-As glaciers retreat, plants move in to occupy the recently exposed land in a process called succession. This entire trail is a classic example of Ice Age succession, since you’ll pass from mature forest to scrub trees to rocky moraines as you approach the glacier. Herbert-Glacier-3There are picturesque views along the Herbert River, and while the hike is mostly flat and one of the area’s easier walks, it’s long—about 5 hours round-trip.  After four miles, the trail ends at a braided stream and gravel bar under Herbert Glacier. Herbert-Glacier-1If the water is low you can stand on the sand bar and look up at the ice. It’s truly a dramatic sight. Herbert-Glacier-7

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Aerial View of Herbert Glacier in the Juneau Ice Fields in Alaska

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