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12 miles of ice and waterfalls.

12 miles of ice and waterfalls.

The Glacier Shuttle Tour is a quick and convenient way to travel to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors’ Center. Our tour is provided under a permit with the USDA Forest Service.  We have departures almost every hour. It is a 30 minute narrated tour to the park, you get two hours to explore on your own, then meet your tour guide for the rest of your tour! Pickup and drop off is conveniently located at the cruise ship terminal next to the Goldbelt Tramway. This tour includes entrance fee to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors’ Center, which is open daily from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the summer months sits on the edge of the Mendenhall Glacier, one of 38 large glaciers that flow off the Juneau Icefield.


Once you arrive at Juneau’s natural treasure the Mendenhall Glacier, you’re free to explore this wonder from a variety of perspectives like Nugget Creek Falls, Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake to an unobstructed view of the glacier’s face, or the East Glacier Loop. Pay careful attention to your pick up time for your return trip to the cruise ship dock. The hike time to the Nugget Falls and back is 40 minutes round trip. Wear comfortable shoes and have fun!

The granddaughter of Thomas Corwin Mendenhall on our shuttle.

The granddaughter of Thomas Corwin Mendenhall on our shuttle.

There’s plenty to do outside, but for a closer look at the history and geology of the glacier, your ticket includes entrance to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. You can study the elevated view of the glacier on display as well as interactive geological exhibits explaining glacial formation. 

The glacier is named after Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, a noted scientist, who served on the Alaska Boundary Commission that was responsible for surveying the international boundary between Canada and Alaska. In 1892, this glacier was renamed to honor Mendenhall. One of the founding board members of Ohio State University, Mendenhall never actually visited Alaska, however it was his techniques that ended a long-standing dispute over the actual boundaries of the country.

Canada is not far away. A short helicopter flight over the mountains will take you into British Columbia, just 40 or so miles away. The ice field is the reason that Juneau has no roads running in or out.

For more information call (907) 723-9209 or book online.



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