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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

End of Glacier Spur Road, Juneau, AK 99801
+1 907-789-0097
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Mendenhall Glacier is easily accessible via roads from the local airport, cruise ship terminal and state ferry terminal. Our facility and lands are managed by the federal government through the United States Forest Service. Federal passes are accepted and sold s well as daily passes. There is a visitor center with a theater showing a 15-minute film on Mendenhall Glacier, a bookstore operated by nonprofit organization Discovery Southeast, and exhibits on wildlife, history, and glacial and geological changes. Rangers provide talks at various indoor and outdoor sites in summer. Open hours in summer are daily 8am to 7:30pm. Due to wildlife and bears, no food is allowed outdoors from April-November. There is no beverage or food service available to prevent bears from becoming food-conditioned. Nearby Steep Creek is the spawning stream for wild sockeye salmon from late July through early September. Later in the fall, a run of coho salmon spawn in the creek. Porcupines can be seen foraging on leaves in deciduous trees. Beavers are visible early in the morning and in the evening. Learn about Alaska and the natural world around the glacier and lake. Enjoy a one-hour hike to 400-foot-tall Nugget Falls. Other trails lead to different habitats. In winter, the visitor center is open Friday-Sunday from 10am to 4pm and closed on federal holidays.
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End of Glacier Spur Road, Juneau, AK 99801
+1 907-789-0097
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Reviewed 2 days ago

When we went a lot of the trails were closed because of bear breeding season. We hiked a few trails south of the entrance and found tons of signs of bear activity but no bears. Definitely gorgeous to see. We tried to rent kayaks but...More

Thank Melissa C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Without a doubt, Mendenhall Glacier is beautiful even though it is sadly receding due to climate change. Take the time to walk the shore of Mendenhall Lake to a thundering waterfall or explore forest trails and stunning overlooks. This is a great photo opportunity so...More

Thank 2TravelersMn
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the trails. Alaska is a breathless beauty. Anyone can walk these trails and view the Alaskan plants and animals . I love that the area is unpopulated and unspoiled.

Thank upcabincandles
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Breathtaking, well-marked, well-maintained; lovely visitor center. Easy access to the glacier, and just the waterfall itself is worth the visit!

Thank 1kymusicma
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be certain that you don't miss Mendenhall Glacier while in Juneau A great place to hike and marvel at the wonders of a glacier Awesome

Thank Randy B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was the first stop on our cruise excursion in Juneau and it was definitely worth the trip. There is a great view of Mendenhall Glacier from the visitor center and from a trail that extends from the visitor center down to Mendenhall Lake....More

1  Thank Yellowstone75
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you get the chance I would recommend actually walking on the glacier, however this is a good option if not. There is plenty of parking and plenty of view points including up in the actual visitor centre where you can learn more about the...More

Thank stokie_gem
Reviewed November 4, 2017 via mobile

We took a coach from our cruise ship to the visitors center. There are very manageable paths to the open view of the glacier. We decided to take the trail to the waterfall and this trail was a bit more hilly. At a fast pace...More

Thank ashleynslater
Reviewed November 3, 2017

This is a popular, easy to reach/very scenic spot that's popular with both locals and visitors :)) There are great views of Mendenhall Glacier and the lake at its foot... when the salmon are spawning, you might be able to see bears (from a safe...More

1  Thank G C
Reviewed November 2, 2017

There were sheets of ice forming mid October. Really a beautiful place, not just for the glacier, but the whole valley- the waterfall, the reflection off the lake, the color blue so intense. It's not far to drive to Skater's Cabin, felt like the beach...More

1  Thank planethealingmus2017
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November 3, 2017|
Response from John N | Property representative |
Appointed by President Harrison, Thomas Corwin Mendenhall (1841-1924) served as Superintendent of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1889 to 1894. A noted scientist, Mendenhall also served on the Alaska Boundary... More
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Response from captmom | Reviewed this property |
The public bus is definitely cheaper but then you have to walk a mile to get in to the Park. We took the Glacier Express Shuttle for $35 in July, though I have heard it has gone up to $45. Make sure you find out when the... More