Mendenhall Glacier Ice Caves with Grandma

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Grandma is in town from Pennsylvania and she was brave enough join us for a hike to the Mendenhall Glacier ice caves.

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Grandma looking out over the Mendenhall Glacier close to the entrance to the ice caves.

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Entrance to the caves. Poor grandma bonked her head off the overhanging ice (should have put a helmet on her).

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Reminded us very much of a narrow Utah slot canyon.

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Getting a bit narrow!

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Under the glacier in the ice caves, bit unnverving knowing you litterally have a glacier and tons of ice overhead. And I wish my phone took better pictures in low light conditions.

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My daughter exiting the caves back through the "slot".

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Under the glacier.
 
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Looks like a great family outing. And, yes, the cave certainly does have the appearance of Utah slot canyons. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Oh my gosh....
These trip reports just boggle my mind! What an amazing journey! I need to be in an ice cave now haha.
Thank you for sharing! And go awesome grandma!!
 

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Very cool. I'll be in Juneau a few days in late June/early July. A google search makes it look like I'd need a kayak to visit this, is that right?
 
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Very cool. I'll be in Juneau a few days in late June/early July. A google search makes it look like I'd need a kayak to visit this, is that right?
In the winter when the lake is frozen you can walk/ski/skate across the lake to access the caves. Come summer time and when conditions are calm it is easiest to sea kayak across the lake starting from the near the Visitors Center. During warm days katabatic winds come off the glacier and can create large white cap waves across the lake. You can also hike a spur trail off the West Glacier Trail to access the caves.
 

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