Herbert Glacier Area is in a granite geologic zone unlike some other rocks around Juneau. The area has a southern exposure and is one of the sunniest places in Juneau. That’s not saying a lot.
There are two cliffs that I have been viewing at Herbert Glacier area that don’t require crossing the river. I call these the Monkey Business Wall and Serious Climbing Dome. There are actually a couple different domes at Serious Climbing, so named after Thursday evening training at the Rock Dump. Seriously.
There is a trail leading to within 150 yard of the base of Serious Climbing, Serious Climbing looks to be a fairly wide cliff that I estimate at two or three pitches. It’s pretty tall and fairly wide with a lot of potential routes. This wall looks cool.
There is another dome downhill and near Serious Climbing that is about 100 feet tall
Monkey Business is considerably smaller than Serious Climbing but a very nice cliff. It’s about a ½ mile west of where the river emerges from the glacier. It takes about 30 minutes to hike from where you park the bikes to Monkey Business. The second time I went up there it took me a little over an hour from the car. Top roping requires two ropes. It’s about 125 feet tall. The trail is up the right side. Set the top rope from trees and have a lot of webbing and/or static line. It’s a spectacular view up there. You are looking down on the spot where the Herbert River gushes from the bottom of the glacier. It was hard to get a pic of the whole wall once I got up close. There is a lot of climbing up there of various skill levels.
Pete and I and JP also did a bunch of climbing and cleaning in a creek canyon with a several really nice swimming holes. The granite in that canyon is polished smooth as a gravestone in some places. We top roped several places, cleaned a load of moss off rocks, and never climbed any of it. It’s advanced climbing and maybe someone with more skill than me can develop it. The swimming holes are worth a visit on a hot day. The water isn’t glacial and it’s really pretty back there. There are numerous swimming holes
Most upstream swimming hole
I put all this stuff on a map below. A real problem with the aerial photos (map) is they were taken from the sky so vertical features like cliffs don’t show up.