A year ago, my brother took me with him on an Alaskan cruise. Our stop in Juneau was great, and we were super excited to visit a glacier, since it would be both of our first ever one to see with our own eyes!
Mendenhall Glacier is super easy to get to, with buses going to and from the boat dock all day long. Mendenhall Glacier is beautiful and very hiker-friendly. Though we weren’t able to hike all the way up to the glacier, it was great to see from afar. We were actually quite close in the grand scheme of things!
There are also tours that will take you onto the actual glacier. I will do that next time. I just wanted to touch it!
I still can’t believe how big it was. So majestic. Your eyes just don’t fathom what you’re seeing. And Nugget Falls being right there just puts the cherry on top. Nugget Falls is a huge waterfalls running down the side of the mountain. Even with all of that, my favorite part of the place had to be the icebergs in the middle of Mendenhall Lake.
It is completely worth the small trip to visit Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls if you’re ever in the Juneau area.
[All photos were taken in May 2014.]