Scott, I did Mt. Juneau several times, in good and bad weather. With good weather, the views were exactly as you describe them, just endless snow covered peaks, probably most of them unclimbed. I could see forever. One time I was on the summit and looking east, I saw a bear and her cubs roaming around in the distance. The views from Gastineau Peak over the channel are also incredible.
In bad weather, I almost lost my life on the way down due to hypothermia. A momentary lapse of judgement on my part and I was almost gone. Same mountain, two totally different scenarios.
I have also been to Taku Lodge several times. One night, a grizzly bear came over when we were having dinner. We retreated to the porch of the lodge and watch the grizzly climb over our table in the front yard and eat all our food, including all the salmon that was still on the grill. If I find the pics, I will post them here. The white water rafting off the Mendehall Glacier is out of this world, but be prepared for some real cold water. And I mean, REALLY cold water.
I still remember these days very well, but now that I think about it it was either 1991 or 1992. I can't believe that 20 years have gone by.