Hike the Root Glacier to the Donoho Lakes

Hike the Root Glacier to the Donoho Lakes

Alaska, Alaska

Hike the Root Glacier to the Donoho Lakes

Traversing the glacier can be a whole day experience in and of itself. Make sure to set aside enough time to explore. I’d plan on at least 3-4 hours total travel time round trip on the glacier alone.

The Donoho Lakes are a series of lakes that exist on a narrow strip of flat land between two glaciers that is a blast to explore. Make sure that you go with at least one companion as the trail is brushy. Unfortunately, until you are literally at the lake, it is a little hard to see as the trail is overgrown by brush in sections, Bears are also rampant in this area, so it is important to make a lot of noise to let them know you’re there (hence the partner). Once at the lake, you’ll understand that the effort is worth it; a stunning 360 degree view of mountains studded with a pristine clear water lake.

The lake is a great point to stop, eat lunch, skinny dip (no one around, why not!) and/or just enjoy the complete serenity. The trail continues to a second lake, although we didn’t make it that far. It’s possible to backpack past here, although there aren’t any established campsites (true backcountry in the wilderness).

Pack List

  • Sturdy Boots
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axe
  • Rope
  • Windbreaker and Jacket (if it's windy it's COLD)
  • Camping gear if staying more than one night
  • Swimsuit
  • Bear Mace
  • Bear Bells
  • Lunch/Snacks

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