Donoho Lakes Hike

Trip Description

This trip covers a lot of ground and brings you through a variety of different ecosystems. The day is long and the payoff is indescribable!  After arriving to the Root Glacier, we put our crampons on and begin our travel across the width of the Root Glacier, navigating glacial streams, peering into blue pools or moulins, and checking out some canyon like features.  Once across the glacier, we scramble up the rocky lateral moraine, putting our crampons back in our backpacks, and hiking two miles through the vibrant forest before reaching one of the Donoho Lakes where the views are beyond words.

It’s a great way to experience the wonders of the glacier as well as spending time in a forest that was once covered in ice.  Even if we don’t reach the lake, the variety of terrain still offers an amazing perspective of the area.

This hike can last up to 10+ hours, and is only for those who are used to covering many miles over difficult terrain. If this sounds like you, then experience the amazing power of Donoho Lakes!

8 – 10+ hours

medium hard  (medium – hard)

Terrain Challenges May Include:
Uneven trail walking surfaces with some loose rocks, and uneven glacial surface with short, steep gain or loss of elevation while using crampons. All day hiking and moving in the elements. Light bushwhacking.

The adventuresome able to hike for up to 10 hours through a variety of terrain will enjoy this longer day.

Private tours are customized to your schedule. We recommend leaving no later than 10am. Allow 8-10 hours. If you are staying in McCarthy, then we will pick your party up and bring you to Kennicott whenever you want to start your hike.

This trip leaves from the KWG office, which is located on main street Kennicott, across from the Kennicott Glacier Lodge.

2022 Pricing

2022 Donoho Lakes Hike Pricing
(Private Only)

$20/child discount for all children 12 and under on all private day hikes (issued at final payment)
$5/person discount for AK residents & Active Military and family. Valid with current I.D. (Issued at final payment)


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