Glacier Bay Waterfalls

Glacier Bay National Park / Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, Alaska, USA

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One of many cascades spilling into Glacier Bay
The Glacier Bay Waterfalls page is basically my excuse to showcase the beauty of Glacier Bay National Park (especially on a sunny day) along with many of its unnamed cascades spilling into bay.

I don't think we'd encountered any major waterfalls that would warrant special attention or have a name in the area. But I think the convergence of at least five major tidal glaciers as well as a handful of other hanging receded glaciers all within this Y-shaped inlet area (encompassing both the Johns Hopkins and Tarr Inlets) was what really made this place special.

The major glaciers we saw were the Reid Glacier, Lamplugh Glacier (very beautiful), Johns Hopkins Glacier, Grand Pacific Glacier, and the Marjerie Glacier (also very beautiful).

I don't recall the exact locations of the various cascades I'm showcasing on this page, but I don't think it really matters in the grand scheme of things. I'll just let the pictures do the talking.




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PHOTO JOURNAL
About to enter Glacier Bay just as the weather started to clear upAbout to enter Glacier Bay just as the weather started to clear up
Another surreal scene of a glacier steeply falling towards Glacier BayAnother surreal scene of a glacier steeply falling towards Glacier Bay
The main reason for going to Glacier Bay is to soak in surreal scenes like this in front of the Lamplugh GlacierThe main reason for going to Glacier Bay is to soak in surreal scenes like this in front of the Lamplugh Glacier
A cruise ship passing before the terminus of the Margerie Glacier, which shows just how tall the glacier terminus is given how big these cruise ships areA cruise ship passing before the terminus of the Margerie Glacier, which shows just how tall the glacier terminus is given how big these cruise ships are
It can get crowded on the bow of the ship when there are things worth seeingIt can get crowded on the bow of the ship when there are things worth seeing

Reid GlacierReid Glacier

Lamplugh Glacier starting to reveal itselfLamplugh Glacier starting to reveal itself

Pretty cool ice tunnel on the face of Lamplugh GlacierPretty cool ice tunnel on the face of Lamplugh Glacier

A thin cascade somewhere near the Lamplugh GlacierA thin cascade somewhere near the Lamplugh Glacier

Looking across the passage fronted by small ice chunks towards Lamplugh GlacierLooking across the passage fronted by small ice chunks towards Lamplugh Glacier

Distant view of the Johns Hopkins GlacierDistant view of the Johns Hopkins Glacier

Closer look at the attractive Lamplugh GlacierCloser look at the attractive Lamplugh Glacier

Another cascade cutting through some reddish and orange cliffsAnother cascade cutting through some reddish and orange cliffs

Lamplugh Glacier backed by some mountainsLamplugh Glacier backed by some mountains

Thin cascade tumbling amidst a bare cliffThin cascade tumbling amidst a bare cliff

Another cruise ship dwarfed by the terminus of Marjerie GlacierAnother cruise ship dwarfed by the terminus of Marjerie Glacier

A cascade seen near the Marjerie GlacierA cascade seen near the Marjerie Glacier

Right in front of the beautiful Marjerie GlacierRight in front of the beautiful Marjerie Glacier

Another cascade not far from the Marjerie GlacierAnother cascade not far from the Marjerie Glacier

A big triangular scar left behind when a huge chunk calved right offA big triangular scar left behind when a huge chunk calved right off the face of Marjerie Glacier


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS

A fairly big chunk of the glacier face calving much to the delight of passengers on the cruise ship


Another part of the glacier terminus calving except this time it's towards the far left side


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DIRECTIONS
Since this was seen on day 2 of our Seattle to Glacier Bay and back cruise via the Inside Passage, all I can say is that this area can only be accessed by boat and most people do it as a cruise from either Seattle or Vancouver. There may also be options from Anchorage or other Alaskan ports, but I'm not sure.

Your cruise company can probably give you more information on getting to the docks where the cruise ship departs.




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