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Mendenhall Glacier Trek

From US$ 240.45
  • Trekking adventure on Mendenhall Glacier
  • Visit and learn about various habitats including rainforest and rocky terrain
  • Hike around ice caves, streams and crevasses
Mendenhall Glacier Trek
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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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (53)
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Reviewed 22 September 2018
Hike to Mendenhall

What a great experience! There were 9 of us and we were the only ones on the tour. Our guides were fantastic, they interacted well with all the kids. It was a memorable trek and we were exhausted, and very wet by the time we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank write2wall
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2018

Awww great to hear! It can be tough when it rains but it is always worth it to get to spend time up on the ice. Thank you for joining us and please come visit again soon!

Reviewed 17 September 2018
The ONLY way to see Mendenhall Glacier!

Our arrival in Juneau initially was NOT what we had planned. We were originally supposed to pull into port on Sunday, Sept 9th, but because of extreme high winds, they closed the Juneau channel, and we turned around and docked in Skagway instead. This meant...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank JenDoesSomeTraveling
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Awwww thank you for being flexible even with the scheduling chaos that happened with the cruise ships! It is VERY rare that something affects port schedules and we will do everything we can to adjust, thankfully it was very easy in this case and we...More

Reviewed 22 August 2018
Private Mendehall Glacier Trek - HIGHLIGHT of our two week Alaska Adventure!

We booked a private Mendenhall Glacier trek directly through Above and Beyond Alaska. We were not able to book through our cruise line because our daughter was not old enough to go on the cruise options but I knew we wanted to make a glacier...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank olsons01
Liz B, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Wow, thank you so much for your detailed review! I will pass this along to Beau; he will appreciate hearing from you. It is amazing you had such a beautiful sunshine day! The great thing about booking a private tour directly through us is we...More

Reviewed 22 August 2018
ABAK Did a great Job!

We did the Glacier Blue Trek & Climb! We had an awesome time on this trip. There were two of us for the privately guided trek to the glacier where we got to climb onto the glacier explore and actually climb ice with gear and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jon B
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

YAY! Thank you!! This is so great to hear! I will make sure to pass along this feedback to Matt, he will be stoked to hear about your great experience. Next time you come back to Juneau we can take you bear viewing, kayaking with...More

Reviewed 20 August 2018
Fantastic day hike and the chance to step onto the famed Mendenhall Glacier

Thoroughly enjoyed the day and the two guides (Emma and ?) were great on Saturday 21 July. A very safety conscious company and I really appreciated this.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mackenziefiona
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Thank you Mackenzie! The other guide was Madisyn and I am very happy to hear they were safety conscious and you enjoyed the day. Please come visit again soon!

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