Mendenhall Glacier Tours

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No visit to Juneau is complete without a close-up look at the Mendenhall Glacier — one of Alaska’s most popular attractions. The 13-mile-long (19 km) glacier ends at Mendenhall Lake and is easily viewed from the historic Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. On a sunny day the glacier is beautiful, with blue skies and snow-capped mountains in the background. On a cloudy and drizzly afternoon, the glacier is even more impressive, as the ice turns shades of deep blue.


The Basics

Near the face of the glacier is the visitor center, which houses various exhibits including a large map of the Juneau Ice Field, an observatory with telescopes, and a theater that shows a film about the glacier every 20 minutes. 

  • If you plan on walking, dress accordingly and be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Those visiting by cruise ship can take a tour of Mendenhall Glacier as a shore excursion.
  • No food or drink other than water is allowed from May through September, due to bear activity.
  • Look for Nugget Falls, a salmon-viewing platform overlooking Steep Creek, and for six hiking trails of varying difficulty. 

How to Get to Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier is located about 12 miles (19 km) outside of downtown Juneau, at the head of Glacier Spur Road. You can reach the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center by taxi, car, or bus. 

Note that the city bus drops visitors a mile and a half from the visitor center so plan accordingly.


When to Get There

From May through September, the visitor center is open daily between 8am and 7:30pm. October through April, it’s open Friday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The trails and outdoor areas are open all year. 


Mendenhall for Adventurers

If you’re visiting Alaska, chances are high you’ve already got a bit of the adventurous spirit. There are many glacier tours catering to adrenaline junkies and nature lovers. Opt for a combo that includes a whale watching tour, a hike along the glacier, and a salmon bake; paddle down the river to the glacier from Juneau by raft, kayak, or canoe; or embark on a guided adventure tour that includes hiking or ice exploration.


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Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek

Experience Mendenhall Glacier by land and water on this 6.5-hour combo-adventure tour from Juneau. First, hop into a canoe at Mendenhall Lake and paddle around luminescent blue icebergs and past cliffs and waterfalls toward Mendenhall Glacier. Step onto the glacier and explore the area with trekking poles. No matter what level of paddling or glacial-trekking experience you have, a guide is there to prepare you for each step of the journey. Look for wildlife sightings and expect personalized attention on this small-group tour limited to 14 people.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Tour

Explore the 3,000-year-old Mendenhall Glacier on this 5.5-hour adventure tour from Alaska’s capital city, Juneau. Paddle out on the iceberg-covered Mendenhall Lake for about an hour until you reach Mendenhall Glacier. Then, spend about an hour to an hour and a half on the glacier. Afterward, paddle back to your starting point, and warm up with a hot beverage once you reach the shore.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour

Hit the Alaskan waters on this 3.5-hour Mendenhall Lake kayak tour in Tongass National Forest. Journey across the lake in a kayak with group members in your same expertise level. Maneuver around glaciers as you take in stunning sights of the lake’s natural beauty, and catch sight of wildlife as you go. Paddle by Nugget Falls and the 3,000-year-old Mendenhall Glacier.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Mendenhall Glacier Trek

Go deep in the Alaskan wilderness on this Mendenhall Glacier trek. Professional guides help you navigate challenging terrain during an 8-mile (13-km) hike that rewards you with incredible views of Mendenhall Lake, rain forest, and otherworldly glacial formations. All adventurous types are welcome on this unique experience, limited to 12 people, but hikers need to be in shape. A highlight: The chance to explore ice caves and surrounding features created by ice flow.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Whale Watch and Mendenhall Glacier Combo Tour

Whale watching and visiting the Mendenhall Glacier are two of the most popular activities around Juneau. Check them both off your list on this 5-hour combo tour that includes flexible departure times and round-trip transportation from Mt. Roberts Tramway, making it ideal for a shore excursion or quick trip.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Half-Day Tour to Mendenhall Glacier and King Crab from Juneau

A half–day tour through Juneau City with round–trip transportation from the cruise port is a popular choice for visitors traveling via cruise ship. In addition to navigating for you, your guide points out landmarks and tells stories about Juneau's history often unheard by visitors. After free time to explore the natural landscape of Mendenhall Glacier, sit down for a meal of fresh crab and crab cakes.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Whale Watching, Mendenhall Glacier, and Tracy's King Crab Shack Combo Tour

Enjoy some of Juneau's favorite activities in one tour on this 6.5-hour combo adventure that includes a whale-watching cruise, a visit to Mendenhall Glacier, and a meal at Tracy's King Crab Shack. You'll have the chance to see humpback whales in their natural environment, go hiking in Tongass National Forest, learn about the area's wildlife and landscape at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and chow down on king crab leg, crab cakes, and more. Morning and afternoon departure times are available so you can select the option that best suits you.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour from Juneau

Hold on for an exhilarating river-rafting ride along Mendenhall Glacier. During this half-day adventure, drive through Mendenhall Valley before climbing aboard a raft rowed by an experienced guide. Float along for six miles around the foot of the glacier, through winding stretches of Class II and III whitewater rapids. Soak up gorgeous mountain scenery, and wrap up the day with a delicious snack. Families, beginners and the more experienced are all welcome! Hotel transport from Juneau included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Canoe, Paddle, and Trek

Mendenhall Glacier and Lake is the Juneau area's premiere wilderness destination for its beauty, scale, and ease of access. This 6.5-hour tour takes you right up to the glacier, past Nugget Falls, and over Mendenhall Lake, combining paddling, ice trekking, and hiking for a full-day's worth of wilderness adventure suitable for the whole family. This tour is available as a shore-excursion for cruise passengers.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Juneau in One Day: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake

Seeking an all-inclusive Alaskan experience? This 6-hour tour from Juneau takes you to Mendenhall Glacier for incredible views of the ice wall. Then, board a jet boat for a whale-watching cruise in Auke Bay with a naturalist guide who gives you an in-depth look at the surrounding marine life. After spotting humpbacks, return to land and watch a Tlingit Master Carver work on 10-foot-tall totem poles and silver jewelry. Dig into a satisfying traditional salmon bake before you're returned to Juneau hotels.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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