Piers, Jack and I spent a wonderful afternoon at this lovely glacier that connects the Juneau Ice Field with the lake, the salmon choked stream, the sedge fens and the sea. The Forest Service runs a visitor’s center there and so this was good preparation for Glacier Bay.
But Mendenhall Glacier is right in Juneau’s back yard, about 12 miles from the waterfront, and the place folks have always gone to relax, hike, and picnic. When the temperatures hit the 90s earlier this summer, this was Juneau’s beach. In the winter people ski and snowshoe there.