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Nugget Falls at Mendenhall Glacier in Tongass National Forest
Waterfall of glacier water beside Mendenhall Glacier. Located a short drive outside Juneau, Alaska in the Tongass National Forest, the glacier is a sight to behold. You can trek about half a mile to the waterfall and it crashes onto a small beach. The water is crystal blue but freezing cold. The breathtaking beauty of Alaska comes thru vividly.
Nobody leaves Juneau without seeing the Mendenhall Glacier—the only question is from what angle. Some fly by in a floatplane or land on it in a helicopter; others hike in or take a tour bus. For a unique adventure, paddle across Mendenhall Lake in a canoe and enjoy the humbling view of the immense glacier from the water. Along the way, you’ll pass icebergs and majestic Nugget Falls, and spot some of Alaska’s most beautiful birds, including bald eagles and arctic terns.