We had about 30 minutes on the ice before the helicopter returned with more tourists and to take us back to to Juneau. Both the Denver and the Mendenhall Glaciers lay within the Tongass National Forest, originating within the 1,500 square mile Juneau Icefield, blanketing the Coast Mountains for 100 miles along the U.S. Canada boarder from Juneau to Skagway. Ready to break apart. The river is a leading source for sockeye and coho salmon. The Mendenhall Glacier. Juneau Icefield. Of the 38 glaciers flowing from the Juneau Icefield, the Mendenhall is the most accessible. You'll fly over mountains, glaciers, and valleys until you reach one of the magnificent glaciers where you'll have ample time to walk on the river of ice and learn about its creation. Scientists believe the ice field contains critical information about our future. About 2 million pink salmon also spawn there. A ticket buys a seat on a floatplane, an hour of flight-seeing, fine home cooking, and a chance to see bears. If you have questions about tours prior to booking, please email [email protected]. Before you plan your glacier tour, get familiar with these common destinations. It was an exhilarating flight up the 12 mile length of the glacier, and we laughed outloud as the helicopter swooped around snowy peaks. Length: 3 ½ hours. This famous glacier is a must-see for anyone who stops in Juneau as part of a cruise vacation. Juneau Icefield (Photo by USDA Photo Service Alaska / CC BY) Mendenhall Glacier. The Mendenhall Glacier is fed by the Juneau Icefield, a massive accumulation of ice and snow that covers more than 1,500 square miles and feeds 38 large glaciers, sometimes called "rivers of ice" because they slowly flow down the valley. The flight itself will leave you in awe as you take in the breathtaking landscape of Juneau. Ride above the million year-old glacial icefields on a helicopter tour for breathtaking views of mountain peaks, rainforests, glaciers, icefalls, ice spires, and vibrant blue icy crevasses. The Juneau Icefield Research Program has monitored the outlet glaciers of the Juneau Icefield since 1942, including Mendenhall Glacier. The Mendenhall Glacier Trek Tour gets you up close and personal with the glacier on this challenging, full-day hiking tour that can culminate right on the ice. There are two tours available, one landing on Mendall Glacier, the other on Norris Glacier. And for the past 50 years, the glaciologist has brought teams of high school and college students here to study glaciology, geology, geography, geophysics, hydrology, geology, meteorology and surveying. Recommended Juneau Tour: Juneau Icefield Excursion, Recommended Skagway Tour: Skagway Glacier Discovery via Helicopter. When you visit Mendenhall, you’ll view the glacier from across a lake. Box 21468, Juneau, AK 99802; (907) 586-2030. Answer 1 of 6: If you had to choose between doing a flightseeing tour of Mt McKinley (from Talkeetna) and glacier landing vs. a helicopter tour and landing on Mendenhall which would you choose for sheet beauty of the experience???!! Getting to the Taku Glacier Lodge has a splash of adventure -- you’ll travel via floatplane. If you have already received tickets, please call the local tour operator phone number listed on your tickets for tour-specific questions as they will be the best resource to answer unique questions. One of our popular and most budget-friendly Juneau excursions, the City and Glacier Tour is the perfect casual outing, especially for visitors hoping to also explore other activities. Annual snowfall on the icefield often exceeds 100 feet and the cold temperatures at higher elevations keep the snow from melting. Another way to see the ice field is to spring for a meal at the Taku Glacier Lodge, about 30 air miles from Juneau in the Taku River valley. Its active face regularly calves big icebergs and brash into its lake. **THIS TOUR IS NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THE 2021 SEASON** Juneau Shore Tours Reservations â¢ 1 â¦ Juneau Icefield (Photo by Robert Raines / CC BY). It is also one of the fastest-moving glaciers in the world. A marvel of nature which lies 2,000 feet above historic downtown Juneau, the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Icefield is the fifth largest icefield in North America. If you would like to exchange one tour for a different one, you must create a new reservation for the new tour and send us an email to cancel the other tour. -- Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, (907) 789-0097, daily mid-May through October, weekends October through March. While there, be sure to watch a brief film about how the Mendenhall is part of the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Icefield. Multiple tour companies plus public buses run to this mountain glacier. Upon arrival, you can take in the full view of this magnificent geologic phenomenon from an unobstructed vantage point. Walk through the forest to arrive at your canoe which will take you on a trip to the Davidson Glacier! Port: Juneau. Recommended Juneau Tour: Juneau Taku Lodge and Flightseeing by Floatplane, Taku Glacier Lodge (Photo by Shelby Bell / CC BY). All reservations must be made through the website as our customer service representatives cannot take credit card information over the phone. Enjoy the breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, and more as you relax and enjoy the ride! While there has been much talk over the years of connecting the city to the rest of North America it hasn't happened. The lodge, open mid-May through September, can be reached only by floatplane or boat. The Juneau Icefield is an ice field located just north of Juneau, Alaska, continuing north through the border with British Columbia, extending through an area of 3,900 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi) in the Coast Range ranging 140 km (87 mi) north to south and 75 km (47 mi) east to west. This Juneau Mendenhall Glacier helicopter tour is one you will always remember. **Please note: this tour operates from May 11th to August 9th**. It spills into the Juneau suburbs, 13 miles from city center. Recommended Skagway Tour: Skagway White Pass Railroad Summit Excursion, Stunning views from the White Pass Railroad. Recommended Juneau Tours: Juneau Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier Tour, Glacier View from Photo Point Trail (Photo by Camera Eye Photography / CC BY)). You’ll create unforgettable memories as you experience a glacier from high in the sky and gliding along its surface. The Icefield serves as a tourist attraction with many travellers floâ¦ We were bound to the earth, but felt as if we'd landed on Pluto. Located about 12 miles from downtown, the Mendenhall Glacier sits at the edge of the Juneau Icefield, a 1,500 sq. This tour to the infamous Taku Glacier Lodge is the ultimate Alaskan experience. Although used to people, the bears are wild and not house pets, owners Ken and Michelle Ward remind visitors. The more challenging aspect of Mendenhall Glacier is getting close to it. Once you land on the glacier, you'll have a chance to walk around and explore as your guide describes the history of the million-year-old ice fields! The full cancellation policy can be found here. Glacier National Park Hiking & Lodging guide By Travel writer/photographer Steve Salis - Duration: 1:32:05. Spending time at the glacier is a highlight of any vacation to Juneau because itâs a once in a life time opportunity. The icefield is home to over 40 large valley glaciers and 100 smaller ones. Undoubtedly, the centerpiece is the splendor of Mendenhall Glacier, which is visual as much as itâs a treat for the other senses. The ancient glacier is about 22 km long, travelling from the Juneau Icefield and ending at Mendenhall lake, formed naturally in the late 1920s from its melting ice. Much of our understanding of the Ice Age comes from studying active glaciers. Currently, the Taku is resting. The icefield's snowfall perpetually creates new glacial ice for Mendenhall Glacier and this ice takes 200-250 years to travel from the Juneau Icefield to Mendenhall Lake. Child Rate: $119 (ages 3-12) Minimum Age: There is no minimum age to join this tour as long as participants meet the minimum weight of 50 lbs., Children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Experiencing the majesty and splendor of an Alaskan glacier is a, The Juneau Icefield extends more than 1,500 square miles and is home to, nearly 40 large glaciers, including the famous, Most visitors to Taku Glacier head to the Taku Glacier Lodge, which sits directly across from the glacier, and do a, More adventurous travelers can take their, Ride above the million year-old glacial icefields on a, For a spellbinding expedition, check out Davidson Glacier in Skagway. With two hours on the ground, there's time to contemplate the glacier's remarkable advance. A glaciologist is at the site to answer questions, as are heli-tour staffers who repeatedly remind people "never, ever walk backwards on a glacier." Book your tickets online for Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, Juneau: See 7,001 reviews, articles, and 4,410 photos of Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, ranked No.5 on Tripadvisor among 66 attractions in Juneau. You’ll start with a comfortable, Juneau Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier Tour, 212 Admiral Way Ste. Guests are not able to stay on the helicopter at the glacier. The glacier has also retreated 1.75 miles (2.82 km) since 1958, when Mendenhall Lake was created, and over 2.5 miles (4.0 km) since 1500. The historic lodge is nestled against the mountains and looks out on the Taku and Hole in the Wall glaciers - both of which are fed by the Juneau Icefield. **Please note: this tour operates from April 24th to October 6th**. (Photo by naturesdawn / CC BY). Getting there involves an easy shuttle ride. Research suggests another ice age looms. And keeps going and going. For Reservations: Wings of Alaska, 1890 Renshaw Way, Juneau, AK 99801; phone (907) 789-0790 or fax (907) 789-2021. High in the mountains above Alaska's capital, above the rain forest and alpine meadows, we were exploring a frozen other-world - an imposing landscape of thousand-foot ice falls, yawning crevasses and jagged rock spires nearly buried in the snow. Snap photos, revel in the beauty, and wander to your heart's content. The trails also offer a chance to encounter some of Alaska's wildlife such as bald eagles, Sitka black-tailed deer, loons and swans, and, from a distance, mountain goats, bears and wolverines. For more than 50 years, it advanced at an average rate of 347 feet per year - nearly a foot a day. Take a gentle ride along Skagway’s White Pass Railroad, catching glacier views as you learn about Klondike Gold Rush history. **THIS TOUR IS NO LONGER TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THE 2020 SEASON** The Juneau Icefield encompasses about 1,500 square miles of ice and is the beginning of many glaciers including Mendenhall, Lemon Creek, Herbert, Eagle, and Taku Glaciers. Your journey begins with a narrated flight in one of our seaplanes to the remote Lodge. Juneau Dog Sledding & Glacier Helicopter Tour, **THIS TOUR IS NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THE 2021 SEASON** One of the shore-excursions was a short helicopter ride to the Mendenhall Glacier to see 280 sled dogs and take a short ride on the dog sled with the owner of a team - Shaynee Seipke. Visits usually include an all-you-can-eat Salmon dinner with local Alaskan Salmon, followed by time to look for wildlife as you explore the surrounding forest trails. On clear days, the glacier is impressive. Sunlight put friendly sparkles on the vast expanse of ice stretching before us, but we'd been warned that sudden storms and severe drops in temperature are always possible here. Ice crunched beneath our boots, oversized shoes designed to keep our feet warm at 40-below. -- TEMSCO Helicopters, 1650 Maplesden Way, Juneau, AK 99801; (907) 789-9501. Included: Waterproof Boots Please note: Guests weighing 250lbs or more, with all clothing and camera, are required to purchase a seat surcharge. The glacier has also retreated 1.75 miles (2.82 km) since 1958, when Mendenhall Lake was created, and over 2.5 miles (4.0 km) since 1500. Once on the glacier, you'll meet the dogs and take off on the ultimate thrill of riding with the dog sled team. On the ground we were quiet, speaking in hushed voices. You’ll start with a comfortable boat ride, catching breathtaking views of mountains, wildlife, and glaciers, heading toward Glacier Point beach. Back-up to take a photo, and you might just fall into a crevass. Dogsledding is Alaska's favorite sport and now you have a chance to take part! Get all the amazing views of a helicopter glacier tour, and add in the thrill of a dog sled ride. Shaynee took part in the Iditarod, I believe last year, and completed the race from Anchorage to Nome! JUNEAU - Our movements were slow, exaggerated, like those of astronauts. Join us on a summer dogsledding adventure on the icefield and meet our Alaska huskies! You can travel to a remote musher’s camp and let 10 Alaskan Huskies pull you along one of Juneau’s glaciers. But scientists predict it will begin advancing again soon - blocking the Taku River and perhaps destroying one of Southeast Alaska's premier salmon runs. Glacier â¦ The glacier extends from the Juneau Icefield to Mendenhall Lake. You have up until 7 days prior to your tour date to cancel for any reason. It measures 1,500 square-miles and contains more than half the glaciers in the Coast Range Mountains which straddle the Alaska-British Columbia border. In order to receive a refund, changes and cancellations must be made more than 7 days prior to your tour date. We strive to provide uniformity across our operations with an emphasis on safety and guest comfort. Rugged crevasses, azure blue ice, and the sheer expanse are humbling and awe-inspiring, giving you glimpses of what the Ice Age was like. Essentially, where the city ends, the Juneau Icefield begins. **THIS TOUR IS NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THE 2021 SEASON** Because it was a brilliant clear morning, our pilot took the long way home, flying low over ridges in search of mountain goats and bears. The Juneau Icefield extends more than 1,500 square miles and is home to nearly 40 large glaciers, including the famous Mendenhall Glacier and the Taku Glacier. It all wraps up with a picnic on the beach before you head home. Maynard Miller has been studying the Juneau ice field since the 1940s. The Juneau Icefield. Flying over the Mendenhall Glacier from the Juneau Icefield Deep crevasses slice through the Mendenhall Glacier Flying down the Mendenhall Glacier The helicopter prepares to land on the Mendenhall Glacier Glacier Trekking. The icefield is the source of many glaciers including the Mendenhall Glacier and the Taku Glacier. The glacier and surrounding landscape is protected as part of the 5,815 acres (2,353 ha) Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, a federally designated unit of the Tongass National Forest. Enjoy a picnic lunch before ending your tour! The only glacier in Southeast Alaska accessible by road, Mendenhallâs grand edifice plunges from the immense Juneau Icefield, dropping 4,500 feet over 13 miles. Type: Glacier View, Rafting. My husband, myself, son and daughter-in-law took a once in a lifetime Alaskan vacation cruise in July. Visiting the Juneau Icefield. Your tour with start with a helicopter ride up to our beloved dog sled camp situated on a glacier. Travel through the fjords and rainforests on this stunning Alaskan excursion. But it is even lovelier on those drizzly afternoons when it's mile-and-a-half-wide face turns blue as lapis. Visiting Juneau Alaska or Skagway Alaska this summer? The pilot will point out at least five glaciers fed by the Juneau Icefield. Answer 1 of 3: Hi All, I am heading to Alaska via a Princess Cruise ship & looking to do a dog sledding tour. Set 2,000 feet (610 meters) above Downtown Juneau, the 1,500-square-mile (3,885-square-kilometer) Juneau Icefield is the fifth largest in North America and feeds 38 major glaciers, including Mendenhall Glacier. Adult Rate: $149.00. Upon arrival, you'll enjoy a delicious Alaskan meal and entertaining stories about the Lodge's colorful past. Walk off your meal while exploring one of the beautiful trails - or continue to relax at the Lodge and soak in the beauty. The center, run by the U.S. Forest Service, perches on a knob of granite that was covered by ice as recently as 1940. The trip begins in downtown Juneau, near the cruise-ship docks. We hear Mendenhall Glacier is wonderful. Muted creaks and groans suggested an incredible strain on the ice. In other words, it is HUGE and will be here for a long time. If you have further questions please email [email protected] or if it is an urgent matter you can call 1-888-586-8489. You’ll also see beautiful mountain views, waterfalls, trestle bridges, and gorges as you ride the train tour to White Pass Summit. It's not unusual to see them scraping the outdoor salmon grill for scraps of fish skin. This is a wide view of Suicide Basin looking east from the edge of Mendenhall Glacier. A small, overhanging portion of the Juneau Icefield is visible in the upper left. This breathtaking helicopter flight will take you on an adventure to explore the beauty of Juneau glaciers. Please send an email to [email protected] letting us know which tours you would like to cancel as we must have all cancelation and change requests in writing. We of course want the best of both, lots of heli viewing but lots of time to walk/hike the glaciers. You can stand on the sled and mush, or you can relax while sitting - either way, it's going to be an amazing experience! The Face on Mendenhall Glacier. Spectacular scenery and a sumptuous salmon meal are combined in this three-hour trip. A dynamic glacier, the Mendenhall is constantly advancing and retreating; it's retreating about 75 feet each year. Our helicopter-based icefield and glacier dog sledding tour whisks you from the dock to the glacier with the maximum comfort and safety. Skagway White Pass Railroad Summit Excursion & Train Tour. At this rate, the glacier would take several centuries to completely disappear. Extending from Taku Inlet to Skagway, the icefield is the birthing ground of 38 major glaciers, including Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier . It offers two trips from Juneau - the Mendenhall Glacier Tour, a 55-minute flight over Juneau icefield including 25-minute glacier landing, $142; and Pilot's Choice Tour, 90-minute trip including two glacier landings, $205. . Keep your eyes peeled during the flight as you may see some wildlife on the mountain peaks. The plane takes off down Gastineau Channel for the 30-minute flight to the lodge. One of the most popular tours in Skagway, the White Pass Railroad summit tour isn't one to miss. Individuals interested in applying to the summer program, or wishing more information about the research effort may contact: -- Dr. Maynard Miller, director, The Glaciological and Arctic Sciences Institute, College of Mines and Earth Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83843. After a scenic helicopter ride, we'll take you up to the Denver Glacier dog camp where you'll meet professional 'mushers' and their friendly dogs before embarking. . Water depth at the glacier's terminus is 220 feet. Juneau Icefield Research Program. In order to receive a refund, changes and cancellations must be made more than 7 days prior to your tour date. 5 Juneau, Alaska 99801. This helicopter tour with take you to some of the most remote glaciers in Alaska. mile area that is home to about 140 glaciers. We are trying to chose which heli / landing /hike excursion for our Sept 2012 Juneau port visit. To lessen the impact on wildlife, heli-tours are limited. The glacier is 30 miles long, the largest in the Juneau Icefield. Recommended Skagway Tour: Skagway Glacier Point Excursion to Haines, **THIS TOUR IS NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THE 2021 SEASON** During summer months, nearby Steep Creek is great for salmon watching; sockeye return mid-July through August and coho salmon appear mid-September through December. If you have further questions please email [email protected] or if it is an urgent matter you can call 1-888-586-8489, Please email us at [email protected] or call 1-888-586-8489In order to check the status of your reservation request, please use the following link: alaskashoreexcursions.com/order-status. Experience this exciting dog sledding adventure on the Herbert Glacier. Mendenhall Glacier tours are very popular. Mendenhall Glacier tours are very popular. Ride a city bus, but you'll have to walk the final mile to the visitor center. The heli-tour took little more than an hour, leaving time to explore the Mendenhall by foot. But there's also evidence that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may be causing global warming, increasing the rate at which the polar ice caps are melting. About -- Juneau Ranger District, USDA Forest Service, 8465 Old Dairy Road, Juneau, AK 99801; phone( 907) 586-8800. The visitor’s center offers stroller and wheelchair-accessible trails that lead to photo-friendly viewpoints. Box 33597, Juneau, AK 99803; (907) 586-8258. It encompasses 671 square kilometers (Pelto et al, 2013) and measures about 5 kilometers across where it passes in front of Camp 10. Whether you have 45 minutes or a few hours to spare, you can count on beautiful views. Right behind the mountains that surround Juneau is a 1500 square mile icefield which is larger than the size of Rhode Island. dog sledding on a glacier. The West is Big! Once there, you’ll take a short, adventurous drive across the forested glacial morianes to the base camp, where you’ll board a 31-foot voyager canoe for more views and exploring. The Taku River is the major producer of king salmon in the area, with 26,000 kings spawning there annually. Itâs remarkably large, even by Alaskan standards. The Juneau Icefield extends more than 1,500 square miles and is home to nearly 40 large glaciers, including the famous Mendenhall Glacier and the Taku Glacier. This fully narrated excursion will take you by train up to the summit of the White Pass which is 2,865-feet in elevation! -- ERA Helicopters, 6160 South Airpark Drive, Anchorage, AK 99502; (800) 843-1947 (from outside Alaska). The Juneau Icefield Research Program has monitored the outlet glaciers of the Juneau Icefield since 1942, including Mendenhall Glacier. -- The Foundation for Glacier Environmental Research, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109. But the Juneau Icefield has endured for thousands of years and is one of the most studied places on the planet. The Juneau Icefield Research Program has monitored the outlet glaciers of the Juneau Icefield since 1942, including Mendenhall Glacier. Visitors come from around the world to trek on the 3,000-year-old icefield itself or â¦ The Mendenhall Glacier is 1.5 miles wide, hundreds of feet thick and is fed by the 1,500 square-mile Juneau Icefield. If you're feeling extra adventurous you can try your hand at driving the team. This meandering river of compressed ice ranks as the largest, most rugged glacier accessible by road. Experiencing the majesty and splendor of an Alaskan glacier is a must-do activity in Juneau and surrounding ports. Scarface, a burly black bear, and several of his relatives hang out at the lodge. ----------------------------------------------------------------- IF YOU GO. The full cancellation policy can be found here. Take a comfortable motor-coach tour of historic Juneau and get up close to the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, all in one fun and relaxing half-day excursion. For all other questions, please email [email protected] or call 1-888-586-8489, In order to check the status of your reservation request, please use the following link: alaskashoreexcursions.com/order-status. Mendenhall Glacier is a glacier about 12 miles (19 km) long located in Mendenhall Valley, about 12 miles (19 km) from downtown Juneau in the southeast area of the U.S. state of Alaska. By Sarah Bouckoms, Photos by Adam Taylor. The highlight of a stop-over in Juneau as part of an Alaska Cruise, is the opportunity to walk on the Mendenhall Glacier. Your guided adventure will give you the opportunity to see everything from whales and seals to cascading waterfalls. Mendenhall Glacier The Mendenhall Glacier is located in Auke Bay, Juneau and is possibly the easiest glacier on this list to see. -- Ken & Michelle Ward, Taku Glacier Lodge, P.O. Please send an email to [email protected] letting us know which tours you would like to cancel as we must have all cancelation requests in writing. This part of the country is blanketed with them. Most visitors to Taku Glacier head to the Taku Glacier Lodge, which sits directly across from the glacier, and do a food tour. Two companies offer helicopter trips to the glacier, both recommend making reservations at least two weeks in advance. It offers the Glacier Panorama Tour, a one-hour flight over back-country gold mines and the Juneau Icefield, including a 15-20 minute glacier landing, $157. Juneau, Alaska - The Mendenhall Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park and the Shrine of St Therese Juneau, Alaska is the only mainland U.S capital which is not accessible by road. Or . Despite its strong, foreboding appearance, this icy world seemed fragile. Juneau Icefield (Photo by USDA Photo Service Alaska / CC BY). There are no tours of the camp. The Taku tour-and-lunch package is $152 (it may be higher for cruise ship passengers). Extra space will be reserved on the helicopter. But the real show is the massive Taku Glacier. Or P.O. Skagway Dog Sledding & Glacier Flightseeing Helicopter Tour. **THIS TOUR IS NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THE 2021 SEASON** More adventurous travelers can take their Alaska glacier tours to the next level with dog sledding, helicopter, and even canoe tours. On a map of the Juneau Icefield, Taku Glacier is a distinguished ribbon that winds out of the southeast corner of the icefield as an outlet glacier. You can drive, or take a tour bus to the glacier. If youâre on a tight schedule, a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center provides fascinating information as well as excellent views of this ever-changing wonder. Three other tourists and I had flown by helicopter to the head of the Mendenhall Glacier, which spills from the Juneau Icefield. **THIS TOUR IS NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THE 2021 SEASON** Recommended Juneau Tour: Juneau Dog Sledding Tour, Recommended Skagway Tour: Skagway Dog Sledding and Glacier Flightseeing Tour Via Helicopter, For a spellbinding expedition, check out Davidson Glacier in Skagway. There's also time to take an easy hike to see eagles' nests, listen to Ken Ward tell tales (some tall) of early going-ons at the lodge, or simply relax in a porch swing and watch the river go by. Flights are provided by Wings of Alaska, a locally owned company. Mendenhall Glacier information:-- Juneau Ranger District, USDA Forest Service, 8465 Old Dairy Road, Juneau, AK 99801; phone( 907) 586-8800.-- Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, (907) 789-0097, daily mid-May through October, weekends October through March. You’ll have the chance to land on top of a glacier and walk along its surface. The Mendenhall Glacier is one of the 38 major glaciers within the Juneau Icefield, an area of interconnected glaciers that rests behind the mountain rising above Juneau. Most trails offer great views of the glaciers, including the East Glacier route - a three mile loop - plus the longer, steeper West Glacier trail which rewards you with unforgettable views of the glacier, crevasses and Mendenhall Valley. Mendenhall Glacier (also Sitaantaagu) is a glacier about 13.6 miles (21.9 km) long located in Mendenhall Valley, about 12 miles (19 km) from downtown Juneau in the southeast area of the U.S. state of Alaska. The 5,800-acre Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area has numerous hiking trails, including Photo Point Trail which is wheelchair-accessible.
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