This tour visits Juneau's hallmark attraction, the Mendenhall Glacier. Your journey begins with a narrated tour of downtown Juneau and the city's highlights as you make your way to Mendenhall Valley - home of the mighty Mendenhall. Upon arriving at the Mendenhall, your guide will point out many of the attractions that you'll want to see during your approximate 1 1/2-hour stay. Included is scenic Photo Point and the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center where you'll want to take time to watch the short film about the glacier and the 37 other glaciers that make up the Juneau Icefield. The area boasts several self-guided scenic trails that allow you to learn about the role the glacier had in carving the landscape. Meander through the Tongass National Forest as you explore the Moraine Ecology Trail and the Steep Creek Trail - the latter of which offers multiple views of wild sockeye salmon during the mid to late summer months. Each of these trails offers a different view of the Mendenhall through trees or along the shores of Mendenhall Lake.
Note: This tour operates under a special use permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service. Wheelchair access may be limited - for details, please consult your Shore Excursion staff before booking.
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Customer Reviews for Mendenhall Glacier Explorer
Review 1 for Mendenhall Glacier Explorer
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:May
Cruise Date Year:2011
Favorite port:Skagway, Alaska
I want to go here next:Hawaii
Date:April 16, 2012
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We were not too enthralled with this excursion, our bus driver (Guide) pointed out a few things in town and drove us 30mins out to the glacier, where we were to explore on our own. Took some pictures, checked out the vistor center and we were done in 50mins. We just sat around bored until the bus came back to take us back to Juneau. I am not saying that Mendenhall was not worth seeing, it was, but don't take this one. Combine Mendenhall with another tour that makes them two in one, like the Mendenhall + samon bake or the Mendenhall + hatcheries, that's the only way to make it worth it. I would not do this one again.
This was a great way to see the glacier up close. Many trails to explore, but you don't have too. .You can see the glacier as you pull into the parking lot. You can start snapping pictures as soon as you step off the bus. Vistor center was very informative with more great view of the glacier. We also got to see a bear by the creeks hunting for Salman; they are more interested in the fish than the people.
We choice this excursion, because most review said you didn't get enough time at the glacier with some of the combination excursions. You still don't get enough time, but I think we could have spent all day. Driver gave us a little history of the area on the drive there and back. We still had time to wonder around town & visit the Alaska brewery gift store before returning to the ship.