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Mendenhall Glacier

Alaska's famous drive-in glacier, Mendenhall Glacier, is Juneau's most popular attraction, flowing 12 miles (19 kilometers) from its source, the Juneau Ice Field. On a sunny day it's beautiful, with blue skies and snow-capped mountains in the background. On a cloudy and drizzly afternoon, it can be even more impressive, as the ice turns shades of deep blue.

Near the face of the glacier is the visitors center, which houses various glaciology exhibits, a large relief map of the ice field, an observatory with telescopes and a theater that shows the film, Magnificent Mendenhall. Outside you'll find a salmon-viewing platform overlooking Steep Creek, as well as 6 hiking trails, including a short photo-overlook trail to a longer trek up the glacier's west side. Another trail, the East Glacier Loop trail leads through the forest for views of a waterfall near the glacier’s face. Though a little steep, it’s perfect for school-age children. More experienced hikers should try the West Glacier Trail, which follows the edge of the lake and glacier, providing access to the ice itself.

Practical Info

Mendenhall Glacier is located just outside Juneau, at the head of Glacier Spur Road. You can reach the visitors center by bus, taxi, or car. The city bus drops visitors a mile and a half from the visitor center. Those choosing to walk should be prepared for changing weather conditions.

If you’re coming by car, take Egan Drive and turn right at Mendenhall Loop Road. Mendenhall Loop Road turns into Glacier Spur Road and ends at the visitor center. The parking lot has great views across the lake to the glacier's face.

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Juneau Whale Watching Adventure and Mendenhall Glacier Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 120 Reviews

Escape to the Alaskan Wilderness on a small group Whale Watching Adventure from Juneau. This is your chance to see humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00

Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour from Juneau

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

While visiting Juneau, get up close to Alaska’s impressive Mendenhall Glacier on this exciting 3.5-hour rafting tour. Sit back and have fun as your guide ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3.5 hours

From USD $141.74

Viator Exclusive: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale-Watching Cruise and Juneau City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

Enjoy a Juneau sightseeing tour, whale-watching cruise and Mendenhall Glacier experience with this Juneau combo tour. Tour the city by coach to see highlights ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $135.00

Juneau Sightseeing and Mendenhall Glacier Tour and Mt. Roberts Tramway and Salmon lunch/dinner

4 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

See the best of the Juneau area on this sightseeing and nature tour that combines historical landmarks with stunning natural wonders. Start with a narrated ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.00

Private Tour: Customizable Hummer Tour of Juneau

Explore Juneau exactly how you want on this customizable private tour! Your private guide will escort you on either a 4-hour or 8-hour sightseeing tour in a ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: Varies

From USD $603.75

Mendenhall Glacier Trek and Climb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Join an Alaskan wilderness adventure as you are introduced to glacier trekking on Mendenhall Glacier!

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $229.95

Juneau in One Day: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Want to see the best Juneau has to offer in one day? First, get an up-close look at the ice wall at Mendenhall Glacier. Then, board a jet boat for a ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $203.70

Juneau Whale-Watching Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Spend your morning or afternoon spotting magnificent humpback whales in the picturesque Auke Bay with the Alaskan mountains in the background. On this ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $136.50

Adventure Hiking and Mendenhall Glacier Viewing from Juneau

This adventurous small-group hiking tour takes you on Juneau's West Glacier trail. You move through lush temperate rainforest and up to a lookout point over ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.00

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