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Mendenhall Glacier Trek

Juneau, United States
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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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
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.

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Caves no longer exist. Change your advertising.
, 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.
A challenging but worth it trek
, 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.
Excellent tour, well planned along...
, Sep 2016
Excellent tour, well planned along with the guide being very professional and helpful and experienced!!
Fantastic day. Our guides were great...
Roger S
, Jul 2016
Fantastic day. Our guides were great, helped us along every step.
Unbelievable! Magical experience...
, 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!
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!
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
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.
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
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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