Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle
Breathtakingly beautiful, the Mendenhall Glacier fills the valley for as far as the eye can see. As you stand on the banks of the glacier-fed lake, at the foot of the ice flow, cool breezes and fresh air brush your cheeks. Inching down from the Juneau Icefield nearly 3000 years ago and now receding at a rate of 150-200 feet per year, the deep blue and lighter hues reveal the remains of an ancient forest overcome a 1000 years ago by the slowly creeping ice. After an 80-year journey, ice accumulated each winter at the top of the mountain slips down to form the terminus of the glacier only to slowly melt in the warmer summer air. Nearby, a waterfall plummets 377 feet down the side of a mountain, roaring into Mendenhall Lake. Surrounded by forest, in a steep valley carved out by advancing and receding ice for hundreds of thousands of years, the Mendenhall Glacier can only truly be appreciated in person.
The meeting place is located on the street side in front of the Mt. Roberts Tramway ticket office. Dock representatives are waiting under the aerial tramway cables, holding Juneau Tours and Juneau Whale Watch signs, and wearing bright blue hats. All docks, with the exception of the AJ dock, are within walking distance (under 10 minutes.)
Check-in is required prior to boarding the shuttle.
Check in with a Juneau Tours and Whale Watch dock representative in front of the Mt. Roberts Tramway, look for the Juneau Tours and Juneau Whale Watch signs, and bright blue hats. Please don’t board a bus before checking in. We often have multiple tours departing at the same time.
Questions? Call (907) 523-6095.
Glacier Shuttle departure and return times are subject to change based on weather, unforeseen changes to cruise line schedules, or road delays. Be sure to ask your driver for exact times on the day of travel and plan accordingly.
The drop-off location is the same as the pickup location at the Mt. Roberts Tramway. Be sure to plan 5-10 minutes by foot back to your ship. AJ dock passengers must take a 5-minute shuttle back to their ship. On nice days, it’s a 20-minute walk.
The weather in Juneau AK is often wet (we live in a rainforest.) Bring layered clothing, a waterproof jacket, a camera and/or video camera, and comfortable shoes. Eating is not permitted at the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. Keep food and flavored drinks packed tightly away. Water is permitted. Please feel free to eat on our buses.
Strollers and folding wheelchairs are welcome. Come a few minutes early and allow extra time for loading and unloading. There are three steps up and onto the bus. Car seats are not required or convenient. Infants may sit on your lap. Less gear to lug around the park!
Buses have limited cargo space and cannot store electric scooters or electric wheelchairs. We recommend booking excursions directly with your cruise line for any passengers requiring extra assistance. For those who can walk three steps onto the bus, electric scooters can be stored nearby and retrieved at the end of the tour. Viewing areas close to the glacier drop-off area (approximately 150 yards) provide excellent views.
Monday and Tuesday are busy days at the glacier. 450,000 people visit the glacier each year and approximately half on those two days. For a guaranteed departure time, book the Juneau City and Mendenhall Glacier Tour for an additional $15. Your seat is reserved, you can stay as long as you like, and take the shuttle back when ready. All regularly scheduled glacier shuttles are first come first serve.
Cancellations are accepted and full refunds issued up until 24 hours before the tour.