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“Plan on spending about 2 hours here” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier
End of Glacier Spur Road, Juneau, AK 99801
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Ranked #2 of 24 attractions in Juneau
Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Helicopter rides, Getting married
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Owner description: Located in Mendenhall Lake, this glacier is 1.5 miles wide and 12 miles long.
Raleigh, NC
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“Plan on spending about 2 hours here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Get as close to the glacier as you can by taking the Nugget Trail to the waterfall. On hot days, the cold waterfall mist is wonderful after a brisk hike. Try to find a tour that gives you time to go to the falls, see the glacier, and take in the visitors center. Our 1.25 hour of time was not quite enough.

Visited June 2013
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St. Louis, MO USA
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“A Must Do while in Juneau”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

We visited Mendenhall Glacier as part of an "Explorer Tour" in mid-June with perfect weather. From the port, it's a short 15 minute drive by bus to the entrance of the park. A Visitor's Center sits at the base where a short video can be viewed showing the history including time-lapse video. There are also several trails that are fairly easy for anyone to walk (most are paved). You can get close to the waterfall just to the right of the glacier but you can't walk on the glacier itself. We were told there are very few options to get to walk on the glacier unless you book a helicopter flight (very pricey). Never-the-less, we still enjoyed our close up view after walking the trail to the end. This should be on everyone's list to things-to-do while stopping in Juneau.

Visited June 2013
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Boston, MA
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“Personal Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Ended up getting a free, personal tour from the Forest Ranger! He was able to point out mountain goats, tell us about all of the animals living near the glacier and provide us with amazing insight! When you go, simply keep your eyes open for the rangers walking on the trails. They were very friendly and made the experience so much better

Visited June 2013
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San Diego, CA
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“See a spectacular glacier”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Visited during port stop on HAL cruise, but purchased our own shuttle tickets ($15 each on the pier) rather than taking a ship's tour. Beautiful sunny day (rare) so we not only visited the educational and interesting visitor's center and watched the film about Glacier, but also hiked the 1 mile trail through the woods to Nugget Falls. Spring flowers were out, the falls spectacular (especially up close), and the views of the glacier awe inspiring. Small fee paid at the visitor's center. Shuttle ride takes about 15 minutes from downtown.

Visited June 2013
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Far North Coast, NSW
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“Felt very safe walking on the Glacier”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This was an amazing Glacier to visit. We walked on the glacier as part of a Temsco helicopter flight. Got some fantastic photos and spoke to others that viewed it from the lake below and they also loved the glacier experience. Not to be missed however you see it!

Visited May 2013
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