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“Mendenhall Glacier & Nugget Falls”

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
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Ranked #8 of 95 things to do in Juneau
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Mendenhall Glacier is easily accessible via roads from the local airport, cruise ship terminal and state ferry terminal. Our facility and lands are managed by the federal government through the United States Forest Service. Federal passes are accepted and sold s well as daily passes. There is a visitor center with a theater showing a 15-minute film on Mendenhall Glacier, a bookstore operated by nonprofit organization Discovery Southeast, and exhibits on wildlife, history, and glacial and geological changes. Rangers provide talks at various indoor and outdoor sites in summer. Open hours in summer are daily 8am to 7:30pm. Due to wildlife and bears, no food is allowed outdoors from April-November. There is no beverage or food service available to prevent bears from becoming food-conditioned. Nearby Steep Creek is the spawning stream for wild sockeye salmon from late July through early September. Later in the fall, a run of coho salmon spawn in the creek. Porcupines can be seen foraging on leaves in deciduous trees. Beavers are visible early in the morning and in the evening. Learn about Alaska and the natural world around the glacier and lake. Enjoy a one-hour hike to 400-foot-tall Nugget Falls. Other trails lead to different habitats. In winter, the visitor center is open Friday-Sunday from 10am to 4pm and closed on federal holidays.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After walking to Nugget Falls to view that & the glacier I walked back to the visitor center. Very neat, clean & welcoming. One of the rangers gave a talk about living in Alaska. Interesting information and displays about the glacier show how they came to be.

1  Thank Laurie D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is something that really adds to your visual experience while visiting the glacier. It offers a great deal of information and insight.

Thank Richard1140
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mendenhall Glacier was part of our Juneau excursion, and we were not disappointed. We only wish we had had more time here. The walk to the glacier and falls was beautiful. When we arrived at the glacier and falls, we were amazed at their size and beauty. We would definitely return here!

Thank jaynerwilson
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful place to see the glacier and all the nature surrounding . Wish we had more time to explore here. But the view is incredible . And we were entertained by the local family of black bears as well !

Thank george60898
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This amazing glacier lends notice to all that there is something bigger than you. The walk to the base of the glacier is filled with a narrow path walking between rows of tall bushes, never knowing when a bear may come through, as is evidenced by the "Beware of bears sign" at the path entrance. When you get through the walk to the rocky beach and sidle up to the bottom of the falls, you will pale in comparison to the enormous water flow on that beach. The glacier is white, pale blue and deep blue and worth the time to kayak to if able. Peaceful! Enormous! Perspective!

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