Glaciers are listed as the #2 reason why people travel to Alaska, and Mendenhall is exactly what they’re looking for!
(wonder what the #1 reason is? Wildlife!)
You can see BEARS! Steep Creek runs through the woods and into Mendenhall Lake, spawning salmon and attracting bears. This lazy guy just finished a full fish feast, and is trying to sleep it off!
It has a great trail system! You can walk to various overlooks where you can photo incredibly blue icebergs,
It’s easy to get to!
If you’re not on a cruiseship with an organized shore excursion, just hop on the town’s blue Glacier Express Bus and for 5 bucks, in 10 minutes, you’re at Mendenhall’s entrance!
You can learn a lot!
There’s a great visitor’s center, complete with Fish Cam to watch the salmon spawn! The wall of glass let’s you enjoy a warm beverage while you soak in the scene!
FAST FACTS OF MENDENHALL:
Mendenhall Glacier is 12 miles long, and 1.5 miles wide, with ice that’s 800′ thick!
Before you leave Juneau, make a quick stop at Tracy’s Crab Shack. For $24.99, you can get one King Crab leg, a warm roll, and butter, and it’s worth every cent!