Glacier Trek, Juneau, AK, August 2013

I was lucky enough to go on a glacial adventure this weekend with the help of NorthStar Trekking!

Going underneath the Mendenhall Glacier is one thing, but putting on a pair of crampons and checking out all the features on top of it is awesome… as is scaling the face of a frozen slab of ice. In all, the exploring lasted about three hours. Throw in the helicopter rides and perfect weather and well, needless to say, it was a pretty epic afternoon.

Below are just a sampling of the nearly 500 photos I snapped. I did my best to capture the full breadth of the experience, but I would highly recommend making your own way onto the Mendenhall if you can, even if you’re from Juneau and you see it all the time. There’s nothing like it!

On the Ramp

On the Ramp

Fly By

Fly By

Heli

Heli

Mendenhall Glacier + Valley

Mendenhall Glacier + Valley

Suicide Falls

Suicide Falls

Previous Trekker

Previous Trekker

Blue Water

Blue Water

Yellow Tent

Yellow Tent

Glacial Pool

Glacial Pool

Mt. Stroller-White + Mendenhall Glacier

Mt. Stroller-White + Mendenhall Glacier

Crampon Walking

Crampon Walking

Glacial Traverse

Glacial Traverse

Mendenhall Towers + Thunder Mountain

Mendenhall Towers + Thunder Mountain

The Blues

The Blues

Ice Fall

Ice Fall

Glacier Waterfall

Glacier Waterfall

Watery Blues

Watery Blues

Base Camp

Base Camp

Trek 19

Trek 19

Waterfall + Stream

Waterfall + Stream

Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing

Intent Watching

Intent Watching

Summit!

Summit!

Coat Rack

Coat Rack

Ascending

Ascending

Trek 26

Trek 26

Rappeling

Rappeling

Summiting

Summiting

Glacier Water

Glacier Water

The Guide

The Guide

Landing Zone

Landing Zone

Blue Peaks

Blue Peaks

Deep Blue

Deep Blue

Glacial Stream

Glacial Stream

Valley

Valley

Slowly Decaying Leaf

Slowly Decaying Leaf

Water Drops

Water Drops

Sunshine + Stroller-White

Sunshine + Stroller-White

Returning

Returning

REAL Glacier Water

REAL Glacier Water

Moulin Bleu

Moulin Bleu

Glacierscape

Glacierscape

Rocks

Rocks

Yellow + Blue

Yellow + Blue

Juneau Airport

Juneau Airport

Landed

Landed

On the RampFly ByHeliMendenhall Glacier + ValleySuicide FallsPrevious TrekkerBlue WaterYellow TentGlacial PoolMt. Stroller-White + Mendenhall GlacierCrampon WalkingGlacial TraverseMendenhall Towers + Thunder MountainThe BluesIce FallGlacier WaterfallWatery BluesBase CampTrek 19Waterfall + StreamIce ClimbingIntent WatchingSummit!Coat RackAscendingTrek 26RappelingSummitingGlacier WaterThe GuideLanding ZoneBlue PeaksDeep BlueGlacial StreamValleySlowly Decaying LeafWater DropsSunshine + Stroller-WhiteReturningREAL Glacier WaterMoulin BleuGlacierscapeRocksYellow + BlueJuneau AirportLanded

 


Mendenhall Glacier Cave, Juneau, AK, June 2013

This was my third hike to the glacier cave at Mendenhall Glacier that has been the “go to” cave for the past few years. I went in July 2011 and October 2011 – for moving at glacial speeds, it’s amazing how much has changed in between visits!

Much more of the face has calved off and melted over these two short years and the entrance to the cave itself has receded at least 100 feet. It actually looks a bit more stable now, as the previous ice outcropping that was at the entrance before was relatively thin looking. Inside the cave is just as amazing – the bluest of blues and the sound of water rushing under the glacier. If you go, be safe and bring rain gear!

Enjoy the photos.

Glacier Cave Entrance

Glacier Cave Entrance

Peering In

Peering In

Looking Out

Looking Out

On the Glacier

On the Glacier

Hiking Out

Hiking Out

Glacier Dog

Glacier Dog

Lower Glacier

Lower Glacier "Cave"

West Glacier Unnamed Creek

West Glacier Unnamed Creek

Glacier Cave EntrancePeering InLooking OutOn the GlacierHiking OutGlacier DogLower Glacier "Cave"West Glacier Unnamed Creek

East Glacier Trail, Juneau, AK, October 2012

The leaves are brown, the air is crisp, and the sky is gray… autumn has definitely arrived in Juneau!

Here are some photos from a weekend hike around East Glacier Trail.

Grassy Rain

Grassy Rain

Creek Falls

Creek Falls

Forest Gnome

Forest Gnome

Trail Marker

Trail Marker

Bridge to Somewhere

Bridge to Somewhere

9 Leaves

9 Leaves

Grassy RainCreek FallsForest GnomeTrail MarkerBridge to Somewhere9 Leaves

Mendenhall Glacier Bears, Juneau, AK, August 2007

The summer of 2007 was a fantastic bear year in Juneau.

If you visited the Mendenhall Glacier anytime between late-July and August of that year, you were nearly guaranteed a black bear viewing. There were 13 black bears concentrated in a roughly 1.5 mile stretch of Steep Creek, feeding on the spawning salmon making their way upstream. The raised viewing platforms of the Moraine Trail – originally built to enhance salmon viewing – proved to be a wonderful and safe way to watch the bears and their cubs go about their feeding.

Skinny Cinnamon

Skinny Cinnamon

Cuddly Cub

Cuddly Cub

Don't Cross This Line

Don't Cross This Line

Caught One

Caught One

Ready to Run

Ready to Run

Yeah What?

Yeah What?

Dinner

Dinner

Curious Cub

Curious Cub

Grassy Bear

Grassy Bear

Lookout

Lookout

High Step

High Step

Mama and Cubs

Mama and Cubs

Fishing

Fishing

Into the Sunset

Into the Sunset

Skinny CinnamonCuddly CubDon't Cross This LineCaught OneReady to RunYeah What?DinnerCurious CubGrassy BearLookoutHigh StepMama and CubsFishingInto the Sunset