We will be in Juneau in late July with our four children (ages 6-12), four parents, and most likely a few more family members of various ages. We plan to take the $14 shuttle bus to the glacier and have the more active members hike and the less active ones take the Photo point trail and then head back to the cruise ship. On the Mendenhall website it looks like the Moraine ecology & trail of time trails would be reasonable hikes. Do one of these include the waterfall that I've seen mentioned on various TA posts? Are there other trails we should consider? My kids have hiked before, with elevation. If we stick to the above trails, can we get away with just sneakers or do we really need our hiking boots? (I'm trying to minimize luggage & airline baggage fees).
If the weather is nice, we may take the tram. We are also considering a "gold-panning" tour-I'm trying to avoid booking that through the cruise to save $, but haven't found many options yet. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!