Mendenhall Glacier is a glacier about 12 miles long found in Mendenhall Valley, about 12 miles from downtown Juneau in the southeast area of the U.S. state of Alaska.
Originally known as Sitaantaagu (“the Glacier Behind the Town”) or Aak’wtaaksit (“the Glacier Behind the Little Lake”) by the Tlingits ( the native Alaskans), the glacier was named Auke (Auk) Glacier by naturalist John Muir for the Tlingit Auk Kwaan (or Aak’w Kwaan) band in 1888. In 1891 it was renamed in honor of Thomas Corwin Mendenhall. It extends from the Juneau Icefield, its source, to Mendenhall Lake and ultimately the Mendenhall River. (Wikipaedia)
The United States Forest Service administers the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center as part of Tongass National Forest. It is the only visitor center in the United States within a half mile of a terminal glacier that calves icebergs into a lake. It is the most amazing site- we walked to the waterfall – very close to the glacier. The deep blue gashes you see ( best viewed large) are the intense blue of the ice, having been compressed for thousands of years. This view is from the top of the path before going down to the water’s edge and following along by the floating icebergs till you come to a sandy beach by the waterfall- Very close indeed.
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