May 21, 2013, 6:33 PM
My cruise ship stops in juneau alaska and we will be visiting Mendenhall Glacier. I guess we will take the shuttle to the visitors center ...But I do not know which hike to take. I want to get away from the crowds of the visitors center but still want to see the waterfalls I guess. All these trails sound ok Photo Point Trail and the Steep Creek Trail are easy and accessible trails. Elevated boardwalks above Steep Creek provide salmon and bear viewing opportunities. Visitors can hike via the East Glacier Loop to an overlook within a half-mile of the glacier. The Trail of Time, which connects to East Glacier Loop, was recently updated to include new historical signs and handicap accessibility. You can also explore the recently completed 0.8-mile Nugget Falls Trail, which leads you to Nugget Falls near the face of the glacier. Access to the area and trails is free. There is also West Glacier loop that would bring you to ice caves. Do you think that we can do that in the 8 hours that our cruise is in Juneau? What hike would you suggest:
1. West Glacier loop with ice caves
2. East Glacier Looop -- IS that a nice trail
3. Nugget Falls Trail?
We are a very active couple who hike all the time