Mendenhall Glacier & Wild Alaskan Salmon Bake
Juneau, Alaska, USA
- Mendenhall Glacier: This 1.5-mile-wide glacier is located within the Tongass National Forest, and provides magnificent views in just a short walk. US Forest Service staff inside the Visitor's Center will enlighten you with fascinating facts about glaciers - they're not just blocks of ice!
- Tongass National Forest: The largest national forest in the US – at roughly 17 million acres – is home to wildlife found nowhere else on the planet.
- Feast with a view: Enjoy the music as you indulge in an all-you-can-eat wild Alaskan salmon bake with assorted side dishes, and then take in the views as you explore the surroundings.
About this Juneau, Alaska tour
As you walk through the temperate rain forest of Tongass National Forest, you'll probably find it hard to believe that glaciers could coexist here. But once you reach the clearing, you'll have a phenomenal view of the vast Mendenhall Glacier – a product of the Juneau Ice Field.
Spanning 1.5 miles in width (make sure you know how to use the panoramic feature on your camera to capture the enormity of this glacier) once you spot it, you will know without a doubt that the short, easy walk was well worth the effort.
Due to global temperatures, glaciers around the world are receding. Within the past year, the recession of the Mendenhall Glacier has led to an interesting discovery – ancient tree stumps and logs that were previously frozen within. These forest remnants are providing scientists with insight into the area's pre-glacier ecosystem and environment.
After your visit to the Mendenhall Glacier, be prepared to feast on fresh wild Alaskan salmon – an extremely healthy choice. But don't worry, this isn't one of those times where "healthy" is just a code word for "doesn’t taste as good." Alaskan salmon has an indulgent, rich taste with a buttery texture – you'll want to loosen your belt a notch or two.
Plenty of fish in the sea
Although the Alaskan salmon industry is booming today, things weren't always this way. Canning factory growth in the 1920s led to extreme overfishing. Things became so bad that in 1953, President Eisenhower declared Alaska a federal disaster area. Through close management and conservation efforts, Alaskan salmon populations and catches have returned to near-record levels.
Please make your way to Mount Roberts Tramway at 490 S Franklin St.
Buses from the Salmon Bake depart regularly back to the pier, so you may return at your leisure.
The US Forest Service is available throughout the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center complex to answer your questions.
A minimal amount of walking is needed. Wheelchair users must be able to transfer from chair & climb some steps. Bring a companion to offer assistance. Folding wheelchairs only, please. Advance notice is required for lift-equipped transportation.
Adventure, Wilderness/Wildlife, Family Friendly, Food and Wine, Scenic
Buffet Lunch - Local Fare
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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