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Mendenhall Glacier

6000 Glacier Spur Rd, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
+1 907-789-0097
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Taking a helicopter to a glacier Juneau Alaska United States
Mendenhall Glacier Canoeing Juneau Alaska United States
Mendenhall Glacier Juneau Alaska United States
CANOE MENDENHALL GLACIER  Juneau Alaska United States
How do you upstage the Mendenhall Glacier?  Three teens with attitude, of course! Juneau Alaska United States
Time moves slowly in this hourglass of ice. Juneau Alaska United States
The Ultimate Hike with Kids in Alaska Juneau Alaska United States
My Backyard - Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska Juneau Alaska United States
Nugget Falls at Mendenhall Glacier in Tongass National Forest Juneau Alaska United States
Hike to a Glacier in Juneau, Alaska Just Because You Can Juneau Alaska United States
Mendenhall Glacier  Juneau Alaska United States
Visit the Mendenhall Ice Caves Juneau Alaska United States
Taking a helicopter to a glacier Juneau Alaska United States
Mendenhall Glacier Canoeing Juneau Alaska United States
Mendenhall Glacier Juneau Alaska United States
CANOE MENDENHALL GLACIER  Juneau Alaska United States
How do you upstage the Mendenhall Glacier?  Three teens with attitude, of course! Juneau Alaska United States
Time moves slowly in this hourglass of ice. Juneau Alaska United States
The Ultimate Hike with Kids in Alaska Juneau Alaska United States
My Backyard - Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska Juneau Alaska United States
Nugget Falls at Mendenhall Glacier in Tongass National Forest Juneau Alaska United States
Hike to a Glacier in Juneau, Alaska Just Because You Can Juneau Alaska United States
Mendenhall Glacier  Juneau Alaska United States
Visit the Mendenhall Ice Caves Juneau Alaska United States

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Taking a helicopter to a glacier

Stepping out of a helicopter onto the middle of an Alaskan glacier is pretty breathtaking. There are amazing blue ice caves to be explored, deep crevices full of crystal clear water you can drink, and an incredible expanse of white stretching to remote mountain peaks. A company in Juneau, Temsco Helicopters, will take you up there, and they are quite flexible in terms of where you want to explore.

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about 5 years ago
Hike to a Glacier in Juneau, Alaska Just Because You Can

Hike to a Glacier in Juneau, Alaska Just Because You Can

Standing yards away from the Mendenhall Glacier, these were the thoughts that were going through my head >

Initially >

"Why, it's so icy blue!"


Secondly >

"Why, it's just a bunch of snow avalanched and then re-frozen in the valley of mountains. Psshaw."


Thirdly >

"I must hike to it and chip off some of the snow ice and put it in my highball of Bulleit whiskey because let's be real - who likes it neat unless they're playing an endless game of poker and need something to babysit?"


Fourthly >

"Holy shit. I'm staring at a glacier. A real, live glacier."



Fifthly >

"Wait 'till I tell my friends."
about 5 years ago

My Backyard - Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska

Alaska holds a special place in my heart and mind. I had the opportunity to live there for 4 glorious months. This picture was my backyard.

I'd recommend the East Glacier hike, TEMSCO Helicopter tour to the top, and white water rafting on the Mendenhall River.

I hope you love Alaska. I certainly do.

Check out my Alaskan series on www.mstravelingpants.travel. I have included the link to the summary of the helicopter ride.
about 5 years ago
Mendenhall Glacier Canoeing

Mendenhall Glacier Canoeing

In Southeast Alaska, in August, it rains. It rains a lot. When you're on vacation and it rains a lot, you get used to the rain or you miss your vacation. In the middle of a Princess cruise, we stopped in Juneau. Only five of us were crazy enough to want to canoe out to the Mendenhall Glacier on a chilly, steadily raining morning. Our guide Christina was relentlessly cheerful. Paddling out among the crystal and blue icebergs recently calved from the glacier was magical. They were all shapes and sizes. We would glide up to them and whack them with our paddles. It was so cold and miserable by the time we got to the glacier we thought we couldn't take it any more. Christina then magically produced cups of hot cider, crackers, cheese spread, and reindeer sausage. Thus fortified, we rallied. We even took a side paddle to explore the base of a fairly serious waterfall on the other side of the lake. The rain cleared up a bit on the way back. We were cold, we were soaked, but we were delighted. The less intrepid travelers who took a bus to the park visitor center probably couldn't even see the glacier for the fog and mist. We were right up there with it. Awesome.
about 5 years ago
Time moves slowly in this hourglass of ice.

Time moves slowly in this hourglass of ice.

This is a picture taken of the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau Alaska. We were approaching this glacier by boat to take a plane ride to the glacier when I saw this small section peering through the two mountain sides. You can see the massive layers of ice and the depth of this glacier very clearly. The blue colors in the ice sparkled like sapphires in the sun. After looking at the picture it almost looks like an hourglass with ice flowing through the middle. Very beautiful.
about 5 years ago
How do you upstage the Mendenhall Glacier?  Three teens with attitude, of course!

How do you upstage the Mendenhall Glacier? Three teens with attitude, of course!

Would our family and friends trip to Alaska keep our teens engaged? Not to worry - they embraced each adventure with the eagerness and excitement of those younger years! We took many photos but this seemed to capture the spirit of these lifelong pals, on an exploration of our beautiful 49th state.
about 5 years ago
Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

Breathtaking, awe-inspiring and terrifying. A hike to the Mendenhall Glacier.
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about 5 years ago
The Ultimate Hike with Kids in Alaska

The Ultimate Hike with Kids in Alaska

It’s hard to believe that the capital of America’s largest state is unreachable by car, but it is. Its dramatic mountainous backdrop, which makes it a mandatory stop on the Inside Passage cruise circuit, might have something to do with it. Regardless of how you arrive, make sure to get out of town and visit the Mendenhall Glacier only 13 miles away.

We hired Above & Beyond to help our family hike on the ice field itself and gain a perspective of these incredible landscapes we could never get from the deck of a ship.

We were warned that our hike would run last 4-5 hours, so we prepared for a full day out. The trail leading to the glacier snaked through a beautiful temperate forest, which was quite impressive in its own right. During the lengthy trek, our guides kept the kids amused with tales of previous adventures and fun facts about the ice flow we would soon find ourselves standing on top of.

After being instructed on how to wear the crampons and use the ice picks, we were told to bring our cameras and follow the guide to the outer edge of the glacier. Passing over a crevasse, we turned a corner and soon found ourselves peering into an opening of an ice cave carved deep into the glacier by the runoff of melting ice. Told it was safe to enter, we made our way as far into the cave as possible. The glow of the deep blue ice surrounding us was incredible. That’s when my son declared that this was literally the coolest place he had ever been. I couldn’t agree more.
about 2 years ago

Visit the Mendenhall Ice Caves

The Mendenhall Ice Caves offer an adventure like no other, the opportunity to see what it looks like inside a glacier. Starting with a canoe ride across the lake, you paddle your way straight to the face of the glacier before landing on the beach. Trekking next to the glacier you come across the caves. Bright blue in color, you get the chance to see and feel the coolness of the ice. It is a surreal experience.
about 5 years ago

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.
almost 4 years ago

Mendenhall Glacier

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.
about 5 years ago
CANOE MENDENHALL GLACIER

CANOE MENDENHALL GLACIER

I love my travel buddy Brenda, we’re both in the travel business and as NYC girls we spend our vacations doing out of the box adventurous things like zip lining or canoeing the famous Mendenhall Glacier! This was our first time on a canoe and we were very excited to get up close to the waterfalls & glaciers. On our way back to camp we actually saw a small iceberg turn over, it was awe inspiring! Every year is a new adventure, but this trip was priceless because everything that could go wrong did & all you can do is laugh so there is never a dull moment!