HOW TO GET HERE
Located in Juneau, Alaska's capital city, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center overlooks the Mendenhall Valley. Visitors may reach the visitor center by city bus, taxi, tour bus or rental car. The city bus drops visitors a mile and a half from the visitor center. Those choosing to walk should be prepared for changing weather conditions.
From downtown: 12 miles. Take Egan Drive and turn right at Mendenhall Loop Road. Mendenhall Loop Road turns into Glacier Spur Road and ends at the visitor center.
From the Juneau International Airport: 5 miles. Turn left onto Glacier Highway. After a quarter mile, the road will curve right and become Mendenhall Loop Road. Follow this road across Egan Drive. Mendenhall Loop Road eventually turns into Glacier Spur Road and ends at the Visitor Center.
From the Alaska State Ferry Terminal: 7 miles. Turn right onto Glacier Highway. After a mile and a half, the road splits at Auke Bay. Turn left onto Mendenhall Loop Road. After four miles, it will intersect Glacier Spur Road. Turn left onto Glacier Spur Road.
Basic facts about the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's accessibility to visitors with disabilities:
» The visitor center has two accessible entrances - an upper entrance with a ramp and a lower entrance with elevators.
» The first parking lot offers restricted parking for vehicles displaying the international symbol of access or official identification issued by a city or state.
» The visitor center's film and video exhibits are captioned. Personal listening devices may be checked out from the Information Desk for the Magnificent Mendenhall movie.
» A public TTY is available at the visitor center's information desk.
» Photo Point Trail and the salmon viewing are accessible.
CLIMATE AND CLOTHING
Mendenhall Glacier is located in a rain forest, and let's face it - without all that rain and snow, the glaciers wouldn't be here either. Staying warm and dry while kayaking, camping, hiking, biking and so forth is critical to preventing hypothermia as well as making your visit more enjoyable.
Come prepared with clothing that is warm even when wet - such as wool and polar fleece - and with items that can be layered. Raingear, hats, gloves and sturdy shoes or hiking boots are strongly recommended. Juneau's weather is fairly mild. Summer highs hover in the upper sixties and summer lows drop to the mid-fifties. Winter highs reach to 45°F. and winter lows stray into the mid-twenties.
SAFETY ON ICE AND AROUND BEARS
The enviroment isn't the only potential hazard here. If you are going to visit the glacier, please read up on ice safety, and more about bear safety.