Tolch Rock

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Tolch Rock
Highest point
Elevation 194 ft (59 m)
Coordinates 58°24′54″N 134°36′10″W / 58.41500°N 134.60278°W / 58.41500; -134.60278Coordinates: 58°24′54″N 134°36′10″W / 58.41500°N 134.60278°W / 58.41500; -134.60278
Location Juneau, Alaska, United States
Parent range Juneau Icefield / Boundary Ranges
Topo map USGS Juneau B-2

Tolch Rock is a summit in the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska, United States. It is located 0.5 miles (0.8 km) west of Mendenhall Lake and 10 miles (16 km) northwest of the city of Juneau. The name was published by the United States Geological Survey in 1962 and entered into the Geographic Names Information System on March 31, 1981.[1]

Originally known as "Big Rock" it was named for W. T. Tolch in 1923, who brought the Boy Scouts of America to Juneau.[2] Today the rock is at the end of a trail of the same name;[3] the trail is managed by the United States Forest Service.[4] A rededication occurred in 2000, and the rock is also the site of a commemorative plaque.[5]

Tolch Rock is a large boulder, composed of granite and described as rectangular[6] and "erratic",[7] with young trees growing on its surface.[3] An active nest of northern goshawk was noted on the rock in 1999, and adults at the site were radiotagged; no activity was noted in 2000 or 2001.[8]


  1. ^ USGS GNIS Feature Detail Report: Tolch Rock
  2. ^ Denison, Webster. Alaska Today. 1950.
  3. ^ a b Alaska Geographic. "The Tongass Visitor Guide". 2010.
  4. ^ Juneau Parks and Recreation. Draft: Dog Task Force Committee Final Recommendations. June 24, 2004.
  5. ^ Egan, Dennis. "Senator Egan's Legislative Newsletter, Volume 2: Issue 5". February 12, 2010.
  6. ^ Keithahn, Edward Linnaeus. Alaska for the Curious. 1966.
  7. ^ Hubbard, Bernard R. Mush, You Malemutes!. 2005.
  8. ^ Titus, Kimberly, and Lewis, Stephen B. Northern Goshawk Monitoring, Population Ecology and Diet on the Tongass Forest. Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Published December 2000 and updated.