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  • Location:Juneau, Alaska
  • Duration:7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
While you’re in port in Juneau, spend your time hiking to Mendenhall Glacier on this full-day shore excursion with a private guide! Leave the cruise port by minibus and take to the rainforest trails that lead from Trailhead to the glacier. Hike through the rugged Alaskan landscape, stop at Mendenhall Lake for a snack and then choose from one of two activities: a glacier walk or top-rope climbing session. Walk back down and then finish your day’s 8-mile (12.8-kilometer) hike with a drop-off at Juneau Port!


  • Hike from Trailhead to Mendenhall Glacier on a full-day Juneau shore excursion
  • Trek through the rainforest trails around Mendenhall Glacier with a private guide
  • Stop for a snack at Mendenhall Lake and admire the beautiful icy landscape
  • Go on a glacier walk or enjoy a top-rope climbing session with your guide
  • All climbing equipment is provided: belays, crampons, chalk ropes and water
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Best Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Hike with a Private Guide

Private Glacier Hike

When your cruise ship docks in Juneau Port, travel by minibus to Trailhead, a small town roughly 30 minutes’ drive away. Your guide will have brought along some vital pieces of climbing gear (snacks, water, ropes, chalk, crampons and belays) so you can use your time here to pack them, while listening to a short briefing about the day’s itinerary.

Then, set off on your hike, following your guide at a steady pace along a 4-mile (6.4-kilometer) trail through the lush rainforest toward Mendenhall Lake. The first mile of your trail is relatively easy as the forest trails are well maintained, but then the difficulty ramps up for the remaining three miles as you hike over bedrock and scramble along steep paths zigzagging up the hillside. It’s no easy route, but one that adds to the aura of bliss when you hit the top!

After arriving at Mendenhall Lake, stop to get your breath back and admire the serene yet savage glacial scenery, admiring the calmness of the frozen lake juxtaposed against Mendenhall Glacier’s dramatic peak. Drink it in as you enjoy your bagel snack, and then put on your crampons or climbing gear for the second part of your hike: a 1.5-hour glacier walk or top-rope climbing session.

Both options are overseen by your guide, who will give you all the tips you need to get the most out of your time on the glacier! If you choose to do the walk, then look out for stunning glacial rock formations as you hike around the glacier. Alternatively, try ice climbing on an easy glacier wall as your guide belays you – no previous climbing experience is necessary.

Leave the glacier and head back along the walking trails, making your way back to Trailhead. The route back down lasts roughly two hours, passing along similar terrain as on route up. Say goodbye to the rough and rocky landscape at the bottom and then return to Juneau Port, where your cruise excursion ends.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to Juneau Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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