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Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek

Juneau, United States
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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Paddle around ice floes and admire dramatic scenery en route to the glacier
  • Embark on a glacier trek and learn about the area’s natural history from an informative guide
  • Transport from select hotels included
  • Small-group, family-friendly tour limited to 12 people ensures a more memorable experience
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Bottled water
Professional guide
All necessary paddling and glacier equipment
Rain gear and rubber boots
National Park fees
Paddling and safety instructions

Departure Point

Mount Roberts Tramway, 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

Traveler pickup is offered
The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the


  • Juneau Alaska

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Age minimum of 12 years and older only
  • Safety harnesses fit a maximum of 45 inch waists. Not able to accommodate larger waist sizes. Max weight is 250 lbs per person.
  • You must include the following in the comments section when booking: rain gear & shoe sizes for each passenger, (for adult men and women, S-XXL and youth, S-L) and any pertinent medical information
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide their ship's name
  • At time of booking, clients staying locally must provide the name of their place of lodging
  • At the time of booking, clients must provide the following for each participant: name, age, height/weight, rain gear and shoe size, and any pertinent information regarding medical issues (or history) and allergies.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • All participants must be physically capable of paddling 5-6 miles round-trip and hiking/trekking approx. 2 miles round-trip
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • All participants are required to sign a waiver before beginning the trip
  • A specific amount of time on the ice cannot be guaranteed. The amount of time on the glacier is dependent on the group's pace and weather conditions.
  • Visiting specific features such as ice caves, moulins, etc. cannot be guaranteed due to the constantly changing nature of the Mendenhall Glacier. Your guide will assess the hazards on the day of the trip to determine if a particular area is safe to trek upon or enter.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Maximum weight is 250 lbs per person
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Above and Beyond Alaska

If you cancel between 8 and 14 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 7 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 15 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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  • "While it was a bit strenuous it was well worth it!" See review


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Glacier trek
, Aug 2019
Fantastic experience! We loved the canoe paddle and glacier trek. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable.
Great experience, some minor tweeks to improve.
Heather O
, Aug 2019
This was a good day and good opportunity to explore the glacier. However, I expected this to be quite physical and the only activity that was really strenuous was paddling the canoe with 6 people that had never canoed! In addition, our group size was 11, which was too much waiting around once everyone went up to take pictures, etc. Overall, I would do it again - but with some adjustments this could be the perfect day out! Would be better with smaller groups and paired by experience.
Fun and awesome experience
, Aug 2019
Mel & El were awesome. They were always excited, passionate and eager to help and guide us. You made it special. Thank you.
Amazing Experience!
, Jul 2019
The ice caves were not open when we were there but the rest of the trip was amazing! We had a beautiful day with no rain to paddle in which gave us the fastest time across the lake, saw crevices and glacial rivers, we even saw an Eagle pluck a baby Seagull off the bluffs of the lake. It was spectacular! Thanks to Whisper and Jacque, it was a great time!
Sandy T
, Jun 2019
Matt, Justin and Casey were excellent guides! Extremely experienced, knowledgeable and fun! While it was a bit strenuous it was well worth it! This is a highly recommended trip!
Awesome! Spectacular. All cast...
Marcelo G
, Oct 2017
Awesome! Spectacular. All cast are very friendly and let you very comfortable with instructions and their experience. They really know what they are doing. They give to you the appropriate equipment and clothes to enjoy all adventure. I extremely recommend!
Canoe ride was great and the ability...
Debra B
, Sep 2017
Canoe ride was great and the ability to walk on the glacier was fabulous. Being able to walk and actually see the conduits were spectacular. Pictures do not do the blue ice justice.
This canoe and glacier trek was the...
Francine Z
, Aug 2017
This canoe and glacier trek was the highlight of my Alaska trip The guide was careful and knowledgeable and lots of fun. After a beautiful canoe trip to the glacier 7 paddlers in one canoe which made to easy to paddle We went through an ice tunnel up to the glacier Equipment was provided and we climbed all over the ice The contours and blues colors in the ice were stunning. This trip is worth every penny!!!
We did this tour in May 2017, it was...
, Jul 2017
We did this tour in May 2017, it was great! To me and my husband it has been one of the best experiences in our life. Paddling thru the lake, and then arriving to the glacier to get inside of the caves, to then go hiking on top of the glacier was amazing!!!!!! Every part of the tour was worth the effort to get to one of the most beautiful places ever! the scenery was breathless, it is unbelievable how beautiful it is! In addition to that our guides were great, we felt very lucky to had them assigned to our tour, they were very experienced and knowledgeable. Elliott Sofhauser was the main guide and he was very smart and made us feel very confident about safety, he along with Sarah Galvin were explaining us geographical information about the glacier that was very valuable . Then, the company who provided the tour is very well organized and had everything pretty well arranged, in terms of equipment, safety, transportation, snacks, everything was very perfectly planned. Another great thing was safety, we felt absolutely secure with the guides, they were very qualified and assessed the risks all the time.
Our family of 5 - children ages 11...
Elizabeth D
, Jun 2017
Our family of 5 - children ages 11, 13 and 15 - had a wonderful time with Adam! The canoe trip was beautiful, the trek and the glacier climb was amazing! Everyone loved it and was the favorite part of our vacation. So glad we did it! Don't forget to bring gloves -but everything else is provided. Dress is layers, as you can get pretty warm canoeing - but climbing the glacier got a little chilly.

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