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“Our first glacier”

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Ranked #5 of 57 things to do in Juneau
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Like the other reviewers, we thought this glacier was stunning. Such a shame it is receding at quite a high rate of knots. Everyone should see a glacier in their lifetime. The walk to the Nugget Falls and beach close to the glacier was peaceful, easy on the feet, clean and with a few resting sites along the way. Well worth the walk. Oh, yes, we saw a porcupine up a tree! but no bears.

Thank jenny m
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Spend $8 (each way) from the cruiseline docks to get there. The bus there can be entertaining as well and there is an area where eagles congregate along the way. There are several trails when you get there and a water fall. One trail puts you on the Glacier itself.

Thank Hersheybits
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Your stop to Juneau must include this attraction as your other cruise port of calls may not give you this experience. Most convenient and reasonable price is to take $18 each way shuttle from the cruise ship terminal. It departs every half hour on a blue bus. By not being part of a tour you can admire this glacier for as long as you want. I believe you can get her by city bus too. If you are able to walk the trails please do so as I ended upon the ME trail, though had mosquitoes got me to a spectacular picture spot of me across the water in front of the glacier.

Thank Where_to_travel_next
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

When you get off the cruise ship, it is a short walk toward town. There are a number of kiosks hawking their excursions, and it is easy to choose a bus, most of which are $8 each way to ride.

We chose the blue bus, driven by the most blunt-speaking, non-PC, hilarious driver ever.

Once at the glacier, it is easy to pick a trail. The wildflowers are great, and the trails are wide and well-maintained enough to accommodate the enormous number of hiking cruisers.

Take your time - this is an incredibly beautiful place!

1  Thank Jana B
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We walked from our cruise ship to Roberts Tramway and caught the Blue Bus to the Mendenhall Glacier park per recommendations of other TripAdvisor reviews. The bus driver gave a good review of Juneau and sights along the way to the park. There was one interesting place along the route where there were dozens of eagles on the ground along a stream and in the trees. We took in a view of the glacier from the spots dedicated for tourists. We saw several people who were in kayaks which I believe would have been a fun experience and you could get very close to the glacier. We believe hiking to the waterfall and the glacier would have been fun for the more adventurous and physically fit. The information center was very helpful and explained questions such as why the glaciers are blue and the history and movement of the "river of ice." This is one of the essential adventures tp participate in when in Juneau.

1  Thank RobertR238
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