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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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Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek, Juneau, null
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Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek

4 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Experience the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier and Lake from a series of unparalleled vantage points via land and water on Southeast Alaska’s singular ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $313.95
Mendenhall Glacier Tour with Salmon Bake from Juneau, Juneau, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Mendenhall Glacier Tour with Salmon Bake from Juneau

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 30 Reviews

View one of Mother Nature's most amazing treasures, the Mendenhall Glacier. Then, feast on wild Alaskan salmon and chicken along with a variety of side dishes ...  Read more

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

From USD $89.00
Mendenhall Glacier Smartphone Photography and Hiking Tour, Juneau, Half-day Tours
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Mendenhall Glacier Smartphone Photography and Hiking Tour

Experience gorgeous nature and capture amazing photographs during this 4-hour small-group hiking and smartphone photography tour of Mendenhall Glacier, outside ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Juneau Sightseeing and Mendenhall Glacier Tour and Mt. Roberts Tramway and Salmon lunch/dinner, ... 
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Juneau Sightseeing and Mendenhall Glacier Tour and Mt. Roberts Tramway and Salmon lunch/dinner

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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
Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service, Juneau, Half-day Tours
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Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service

4.5 star rating: Recommended 266 Reviews

Get from Juneau to Mendenhall Glacier and back quickly and at your convenience. With shuttles departing from the port every 30 minutes during operating hours, ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: Varies

From USD $40.00
Mendenhall Lake Kayak Adventure, Juneau, Self-guided Tours & Rentals
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Mendenhall Lake Kayak Adventure

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Paddle across Mendenhall Lake, navigating past icebergs, surrounded by one of the richest samplings of Alaskan wildlife you’ll find anywhere. Keep an eye ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.00
Mendenhall Glacier Lake Paddle, Juneau, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Mendenhall Glacier Lake Paddle

Experience the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier and Lake from an unparalleled vantage point - the seat of a kayak! Imagine paddling through a glacial wilderness ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $177.45
Juneau in One Day: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake, Juneau, Day Trips
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Juneau in One Day: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake

4 star rating: Recommended 48 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
Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour from Juneau, Juneau, Day Trips
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Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour from Juneau

4.5 star rating: Recommended 128 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
Mendenhall Glacier Trek and Climb, Juneau, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
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Mendenhall Glacier Trek and Climb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 94 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

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