Mendenhall Lake

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Mendenhall Lake
Both beginner and experienced kayakers will have fun on this leisurely (and super easy) paddle across Mendenhall Lake. (Both guided and unguided options available.) The paddling is, really, just 10 percent of the fun. Maybe 25 percent. As you cross the lake you'll encounter icebergs a-plenty that decided to skip out on their glacier parent in favor of a solo float. Paddle across the lake to the frigid waterfall and, of course, to the face of Mendenhall Glacier itself. Photos of the 13-mile long glacier's colors won't quite do the real thing justice but snap away anyway. Your eyes will be blasted and soothed and dazzled by all the icy crayon colors you can imagine, opaque white to clear ice to a stunning robin's egg blue. Just don't get too close to the glacier or its iceberg kiddos: glaciers calve and icebergs can flip. What you're seeing above the water? That's just a small part of the iceberg's good looks.
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