Mendenhall Ice Caves is a manifestation of spectacular nature’s work. One can be a spectator of all the stages of hydro cycle happening simultaneously. The melting sound makes the effect more interesting. The spell casting effect of under lying blue ceilings, running water over the rocks, and then soft seeping into the resonating glacier with the melting attracts the visitor. This Mendenhall Glacier is a twelve miles long glacier located in the Valley of Mendenhall. The valley is situated at a distance of 12 miles from downtown Juneau in Southeast Alaska (United States). The glacier is federally protected, being a part of 5,815-acre Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area and a unit of the Tongass National Forest. The Glacier has two names Sitaantaagu “Glacier Behind the Town” and Aak’wtaaksit (“Glacier Behind the Little Lake”).
The Ice Caves are not reachable without using a ride of kayaking and ice climbing. To search out the mysteries of this ice cave one has to be adventurous and once destination is reached it’s worth the taken trouble. The Global warming effect has resulted in the fast pace retreating of Mendenhall Glacier. The positive consequence of the retreat is the formation of Mendenhall Lake. The Glaciers are under observation since 1942 by Juneau Ice field Research Program.
The fleeting glaciers formulate the astonishing landscapes as one watch’s them melting. The adventure lovers craving for a distinct experience can visit the Mendenhall Ice Caves and witness the hidden wonders of the melting glacier.