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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 Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale-Watching Cruise and City Tour, Juneau, null
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale-Watching Cruise and City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 207 Reviews

While in port in Juneau, make the most of your time with this combo tour that includes a city sightseeing tour, whale-watching cruise and Mendenhall Glacier ...  Read more

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

From USD $135.00
Juneau Shore Excursion: City and Mendenhall Glacier Tour with Seafood Lunch or Dinner on Mt ... 
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Juneau Shore Excursion: City and Mendenhall Glacier Tour with Seafood Lunch or Dinner on Mt Roberts

4 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

While you’re in port in Juneau, see the area’s top attractions on a sightseeing and nature shore excursion that combines historical landmarks with ...  Read more

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

From USD $94.00
Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour from Juneau, Juneau, Ports of Call Tours
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Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour from Juneau

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 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 $141.75
Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek, Juneau, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
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Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Experience the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier, Mendenhall Lake, and Nugget Falls from a series of unparalleled vantage points via land and water on Southeast ...  Read more

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

From USD $313.95
Juneau City Sightseeing and Mendenhall Glacier Tour, Juneau, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Juneau City Sightseeing and Mendenhall Glacier Tour

Enjoy this narrated city tour with a trained local Alaskan guide. Natives of Juneau will regal you with stories from local history that stretches back 10,000 ...  Read more

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

From USD $74.00
Mendenhall Glacier Tour with Salmon Bake from Juneau, Juneau, City Tours
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Mendenhall Glacier Tour with Salmon Bake from Juneau

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 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
Juneau in One Day: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake, Juneau, Half-day Tours
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Juneau in One Day: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake

4 star rating: Recommended 6 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 $208.95
Adventure Hike Along Mendenhall Glacier and Alaskan Beer Tasting, Juneau, Day Trips
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Adventure Hike Along Mendenhall Glacier and Alaskan Beer Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This adventurous small-group hiking tour takes you on Juneau's West Glacier trail and end at the famous Alaskan Brewing tasting room. You move through lush ...  Read more

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

From USD $94.00
Mendenhall Glacier Smartphone Photography and Hiking Tour, Juneau, Hiking & Camping
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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
Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service, Juneau, Hiking & Camping
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Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 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

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