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Mendenhall Glacier Trek

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Juneau, United States
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • Trekking adventure on Mendenhall Glacier
  • Visit and learn about various habitats including rainforest and rocky terrain
  • Hike around ice caves, streams and crevasses
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is included
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Hotel pickup and drop off
Hearty snack/bottled water
Mountaineering gear, backpack, rain jacket and pants -- please advise supplier of rain gear sizing
Roundtrip transportation from designated meeting point
Gratuities

Departure Point

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

Traveler pickup is offered
Our centralized downtown meeting location is the "C" Sign, located between the base of the Mount Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building. This is our pick up location for all downtown guests.

Ports

  • Juneau Alaska


Return Details

Returns to original departure point
The Mendenhall Glacier trek and climb is suitable for most ages and abilities, but you need to be in shape: the trek lasts up to 6.5 hours, and covers about 8 miles (12.8 km) total. You’ll wear a backpack weighing up to 15 pounds (7 kg) that is equipped with mountaineering gear, snacks, water, and any extra clothing you bring. Professional guides will be present the entire journey to make sure you remain safe and enjoy your time exploring the glacier.

The day begins with pickup from your Juneau hotel or the port. When you arrive at the trailhead for the Mendenhall Glacier, follow your guides on a 3.5-mile (6-km) trail through the rain forest along Mendenhall Lake. While the first mile is on a well-maintained path with a few switchbacks, the rest of the trail involves hiking on bedrock and rock scrambling in steep areas.

When you reach the glacier, you’ll be outfitted in trekking gear and receive a safety briefing. You’ll use crampons to make your way across glacial terrain that overlooks Mendenhall Lake. It may be the most physically challenging part of the hike, but it’s an unforgettable experience. Climb down to explore ice caves, and soak up great views of crevasses, streams, and other breathtaking glacial formations.

Afterward, head back down the trail and enjoy a relaxing ride back to your drop-off location.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • You must include the following in the comments section when booking: raingear & shoe sizes for each passenger, (for adult men and women, S-XXL and youth, S-L) and any pertinent medical information
  • This small group adventure has a minimum of 2 and maximum of 12 participants
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • WAIVER FORM: Every participant on the trip must sign a waiver form at the start of the trip. Alterations and/or deletions to the waiver is not permitted
  • Clients must be in good enough shape and conditioned to hike for up to 6-6.5 hours, covering about 8 miles roundtrip. The hike is challenging and clients need to bring sturdy hiking boots that provide good ankle support while hiking on rocky terrain. All clients will need to hike with a backpack the entire way on this trip. The backpack (provided) weighs approximately 10-15 pounds and holds mountaineering gear, snacks/water, etc.
  • 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 the day of the trip and determine if a particular area is safe enough to trek upon or enter
  • Hiking boots with with good stability and traction
  • Boots
  • Comfortable hiking pants
  • Warm sweater or fleece pullover
  • Warm hat
  • Fleece gloves
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Above and Beyond Alaska

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Mendenhall Glacier Trek?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Caves no longer exist. Change your advertising.
amcaranfa
, Jul 2018
Great tour guides but was extremely disappointed that the ice caves described as part of the tour no longer exist and haven’t been for at least a year possibly two. My trip plan included Juneau at significant cost just for the caves. You can Imagine my disappointment when our guide informed us a third of the way in that the caves no longer exist. I understand glaciers change, but significant time has passed that the advertising should be changed. This said, time on the Glacier was enjoyable.
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A challenging but worth it trek
Texas2321
, Jul 2018
We were blessed with two very experienced guides and great weather. The hike to the glacier was challenging but even though we were 70+, in good shape, we made it. This trek was one of the highlights of our Alaskan cruise and I highly recommend it for those adventurous spirits who are in good shape.
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Excellent tour, well planned along...
sanjoy.karma
, Sep 2016
Excellent tour, well planned along with the guide being very professional and helpful and experienced!!
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Fantastic day. Our guides were great...
Roger S
, Jul 2016
Fantastic day. Our guides were great, helped us along every step.
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Unbelievable! Magical experience...
HJ
, Jul 2016
Unbelievable! Magical experience. A challenging, yet beautiful hike brought us to the ominous Mendenhall Glacier. Wow! Our very small group with Above and Beyond Alaska (ABAK) ran into another ABAK group and was able to discover a brand new (that day!) ice cave! Amazing experience. A must!
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Kate and Jessica were exceptional...
Roger E
, Jun 2016
Kate and Jessica were exceptional guides. Trek is not for the faint of heart. I am 62 and thought I was in pretty good shape. The 9 mile trek left me aching for two days, but hiking on the glacier and exploring the ice cave was truly the highlight of our cruise. A bucket list experience!
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Amazing!!! Elliot and Brad were...
Maria C
, May 2016
Amazing!!! Elliot and Brad were fantastic guides and the Ice caves under the glacier was incredible!! Highly recommend this company and trip
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Great guides who made the trip lots...
Linda W
, Sep 2015
Great guides who made the trip lots of fun, despite the steady all-day rain. This is not a trip for the out-of-shape.
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This trip was the highlight of our...
Eric P
, Aug 2015
This trip was the highlight of our Alaska and BC trip. Thanks to our wonderful guides Kirstin and Sam. The hike to the glacier, onto the glacier and under the glacier ice caves was great, especially the ice caves. Well worth doing. You really do need to be in good shape to do this hike. Eric Prydatok
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Awesome hike. Got to see some amazing...
Stephen B
, Jul 2015
Awesome hike. Got to see some amazing ice caves and our guide Corey was the best.
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