Even though it was raining, we had an awesome time at the Glacier. The walk from the visitor center to the lake, water falls and view of Mendehall Glacier was well worth the trip. Outstanding presentation at the visitor center on how the glaciers are all receding at an astonishing rate.
We did the Helicopter ride to Mendenhall Glacier and walk. I recommend doing one where you do a hike on the glacier because it is the best use of time. Helicopter ride was very cool!! Glacier guides were informative, entertaining, and friendly.
After a brief coach ride with a driver who told us the history of Juneau and the sites we passed along the way, we arrived at Mendenhall Glacier National Recreation Area, which is operated by the National Park Service. We had two hours to explore the area on our own, so we hiked down to Mendenhall Lake where Nugget Falls, a spectacular water fall, spills into the lake just a short distance from the foot of the glacier. It was well worth the visit, a must see if you are visiting Juneau. I was able to dip my hand in the clear chilly glacial lake and spend time just enjoying the view. Miniature ice bergs floated in the lake, and beautiful stones covered the lake bottom and shore. I picked up a few tiny ones to bring home as souvenirs, including a couple pieces of quartz, as it is permitted - they are constantly coming down from the mountain, carried by the glacier, the falls and other small flowing streams. We were told we were there on a good day, as there were not too many ships in port, so it was not overcrowded. Also, it was a bit overcast, which allowed us to see the blue in the glacier - something not seen on a bright sunny day, as everything is white in the glare of the sun. You could spend an entire day there, as there are many hiking trails, but the nearest you can get to the foot of the glacier is at the end of the Nugget Falls trail, so if you only have one day in Juneau and want to see or do something else in the afternoon you can do so if you go to the glacier in the morning.
Basically your are paying for the bus to take you there and the entry to the park, otherwise you are own your own. Not sure if there is a less costly way to get there.
Worth seeing and can get close to the waterfall.
Back in Junea, we skipped the Red Dog and found a small brewery and a small distillery while walking in town. Good beer and good gin.
Great tour guide. Our mistake was in booking a trip that spent 2 1/2 hours at the glacier, which was 2 hours more than necessary if you don't plant to hike to the falls. Left us too little time in town.
We took a bus ride to Mendenhall Glacier where alongside the glacier is a huge waterfall of melting ice. You can walk down a path which is about 3/4 mile right up to the falls. It's a beautiful sight.
We then went on to a Salmon Hatchery which was fairly interesting.
There's nothing like seeing the Mendenhall Glacier along with Nugget Falls. It's a short trip from Juneau and so very worth it. We took the 1 mile hike to Nugget Falls which is right next to Mendenhall Glacier. It's not a difficult walk at all and you can walk right up to the falls, which are huge.
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