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Mendenhall Glacier

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    Joanne G.
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    5 Oct 27, 2013

    A must visit when in Juneau! A one mile walk rewards you with views of a lake, waterfall, and the glacier. Don't miss taking a walk around the parking area to look at the salmon in the creek and keep an eye out for bears and porcupines.

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    Jin Yoo-Kim
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    5 Dec 05, 2012

    The most amazing hike I ever took. If all hikes ended with a beautiful view like this, I'd be a supermodel. The glacier was beautiful, the waterfall was epic, and I felt transported into another world where beaches were made from ice cold water and waterfalls were right next to their immobilized counterpart. what a trip.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    3 Sep 09, 2012

    I visited the Mendenhall Glacier as part of a city van tour, so I saw it from far away while standing on the beach. Even then, the Glaciar appears huge and I could still hear parts of it breaking off and falling into the water.

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    Alex L
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    5 Aug 16, 2012

    After taking a helicopter to the top of the Mendenhall Glacier, I decided then and there I wanted to become a helicopter pilot. My horrendous vision and fact that I could barely see over the control panel hampered my dreams, but the experience remains just as amazing. There was a shade of blue -- icy, glacial, otherworldly blue -- that I'd never seen before and will never see again. If you can take a helicopter, great; if not, you can visit the Tongass Park (seven miles from the ferry terminal) viewing center and hike throughout the park (great for wildlife viewing, camping, etc).

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    Sheri Brayman-Levell
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    I can't explain the beauty of this place in words. I was never really interested in going somewhere cold but, I am sure glad my husband talked me into going. We visited a year ago and I am still in awe.

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    Louisa M.
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    4 Jan 21, 2014

    Beautiful glacier that is easily accessible. You don't have to hike to see it, just park and walk about 10 steps and there you are!

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    Susan Zolvinski
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    A must if you want to experience a glacier. Beautiful pictures and very informative vistor's center. Don't miss it!

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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Cool glacier and visitors' center. The unpaved paths may hold bears, evident by the salmon carcasses on the ground. Few things in life are this beautiful. Several things are more. Regardless, they all take your breath away.

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    Terry Gardner
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    If you only had a day to visit Juneau, make sure that Mendenhall Glacier tops your list. If there's time left over grab a bite and an Alaskan beer at Hangar on the Wharf. In August, you might get to watch a little black bear trying to catch a salmon or throwing a tantrum. I saw both from a bear viewing platform in Aug. 2010. Of all the hiking trails, I'm most partial to the one that ends at Nugget Falls. If you have a day to spend (about eight hours), you can hike up to the Juneau ice field.

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    Margaret Seelie
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    When you emerge from the woods after a mild hike this huge sleeping giant is there for you to touch, walk on, and marvel. Mendenhall Glacier will come to life when you pitch your tent up next to it and spend the night. If you lay real still you can hear it shifting, creaking, and dripping all night long. Witness its blue glow under a clear night sky.

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Description:

Alaska is synonymous with glaciers, and the amazing Mendenhall Glacier does not disappoint. Located just 13 miles from downtown Juneau, Mendenhall features a cliff-top visitor center that provides a sweeping view of the entire ice field. Exhibits at the center range from animated views of the Mendenhall Glacier advancing and receding to a fabricated replica ice face. If you are more of the adventurous type, the glacier is open for skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing – just watch out for bears and maintain a safe enough distance from the edge!
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