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.
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. There 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. If the water is low you can stand on the sand bar and look up at the ice. It’s truly a dramatic sight.
The Canadian Rockies are the easternmost part of the Canadian Cordillera, the collective name for the mountains of Western Canada. They form part of the American Cordillera, an essentially continuous sequence of mountain ranges that runs all the way from Alaska to the very tip of South America. The Cordillera in turn are the eastern part of the Pacific Ring of Fire that runs all the way around the Pacific Ocean.
Flanking Alberta’s western border with their rugged peaks and ranges, the Canadian Rockies are home to alpine meadows, emerald lakes, wild waterways, backcountry wilderness, and some of the best hiking and skiing in the world.
Five national parks are located within the Canadian Rockies, four of which interlock and make up the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage site. These four parks are Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho. Most famous are Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, as well as the numerous provincial parks and recreation areas of Kananaskis Country — all of which provide year round adventures and activities.
The Rocky Mountains of Canada are a vast land – filled with inspiring scenery, wildlife, a multitude of recreational activities for all ages and a lot of unique opportunities that only the people who live in this area know about.
Throughout the Rockies, and especially in the national parks, the Alpine Club of Canada maintains a series of alpine huts for use by mountaineers and adventurers.Read More