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Mendenhall Glacier

6000 Glacier Spur Rd, Juneau, Alaska 99801 USA

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“See an icy wonderland!”

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. The glacier and surrounding landscape is protected as the 5,815-acre Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, a federally designated unit of the Tongass National Forest. Originally known as Sitaantaagu ("the Glacier Behind the Town") or Aak'wtaaksit ("the Glacier Behind the Little Lake") by the Tlingits, the glacier was named Auke (Auk) Glacier by naturalist John Muir for the Tlingit Auk Kwaan (or Aak'w Kwaan) band in 1888. In 1891 it was renamed in honor of Thomas Corwin Mendenhall. It extends from the Juneau Icefield, its source, to Mendenhall Lake and ultimately the Mendenhall River. The Juneau Icefield Research Program has monitored the outlet glaciers of the Juneau Icefield since 1942, including Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier has also receded 1.75 miles (2.82 km) since 1958, when Mendenhall Lake was created, and over 2.5 miles (4.0 km) since 1500. The end of the glacier currently has a negative glacier mass balance and will continue to retreat in the foreseeable future.

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A Jaunt With Joy

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  • 119 Reviews
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January 31, 2015
Rated 5.0

Awesome area. I did a 3 hour (one way) hike here to the ice caves a couple days before finding out they had melted and caved in. Got to stand on top of the glacier and saw ice climbers with all kinds of gear about to head down inside the crevasses.

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Stephen Rees

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  • 240 Helpful
September 04, 2014
Rated 4.0

If visiting during the winter, know that the visitor center's hours run from 10am to 4pm in October through March, and that the center is closed during April.

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6000 Glacier Spur Rd
Juneau, Alaska
99801 USA

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