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“Nice Glacier but doesn't compare to Marjorie Glacier”

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
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Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service
Ranked #5 of 93 things to do in Juneau
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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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed July 27, 2013

We made a 30 minute stop here on the way back to town, after our Harv and Marv's whale watch cruise. It was a nice stop. But with only 30 minutes, we didn't buy an admission to the visitor center. We took lots of pictures and then headed back into Juneau. It was great to see, but after spending all day on the Princess Diamond visiting Glacier Bay National Park including the phenomenal Marjorie Glacier, this one doesn't compare. This should be something you see while in Juneau, but it shouldn't be your only thing.

Thank BDNK
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Take public shuttle for $8. Driver will give you a lots of inside info that you need to know. Do it yourself.

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Traveler friendly Glacier..Mendenhall has a visitor center with demonstations,information and books..there are many trails from the entrance, around the lake to the glacier...There is photo point trail that takes you out for excellent views..And if adventurous take the Nugget Falls trail out to the falls and Glacier..I don't like a lot of walking,so I only went to photo point...there were a lot of Mosquitos there ,so you might want to bring repellent....it was stressed NO food or drinks allowed,. bears frequent the area...There is a $3.00 fee to the visitor center.. children 15 & under free .Federal & Senior pass accepted..

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Did not sign up for an excursion through the cruise line to see the glacier. Took the shuttle to Juneau from the ship. Stopped at Visitor Information and spoke to a well informed lady. She gave us excellent guidance on how to see the glacier on our own time. We took a bus for $16.00 round trip per person to Glacier Park. Exited the bus and immediately saw a park ranger on her walkie-talkie speaking with other rangers about a bear sighting. Followed this lady to the area where the bear was sighted & witnessed salmon swimming up stream & the black bear catching dinner. Proceeded to hike to the waterfall, after a very informative talk about the glacier from another ranger. Found the rangers to be extremely helpful. Very easy walking & stroller accessible trails. Enjoyed this much, much more than the other very costly excursions on our cruise.

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

The triumvirate of cities that most people visit in Alaska are Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. Juneau is home to the Mendenhall Glacier, a massive tongue of ice readily accessible by public transit or for the more adventurous - helicopter. We made arrangements with NorthStar Trekking for a helicopter ride over several of the other nearby glaciers en route to Mendenhall, where we were met by two guides for an extended trek on the glacier itself. At the heliport, they will set you up with all the gear you need (jackets, pants, boots, crampons, helmets, gloves). Our ride up to the glacier was about 20 minutes where we were treated to very close up encounters with towering mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. We saw a few mountain goats, but none of the more exciting bears which are sometimes a possibility. On the glacier, we received an ice ax and some basic training before heading out. There is no set trail or route as the glacier can change rather quickly. Our guides were out there everyday and knew where it was safe and steered us away from crevasses (but also close enough for us to see them). There are blue lakes and streams crisscrossing the ice and if you wish you can even drink the water.
This glacier is massive and can only really be appreciated when you fly over it and get to compare its size with the nearby mountains and then when you step onto it and compare yourself to some of the huge pieces of ice or boulders on it.

This was my first helicopter ride, and though exhilarating, I most certainly had trepidations about this. I felt that we were safe and well taken care of. I would recommend this to anyone.

Thank DrZZZZ
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