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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Trek

From USD 240.45
  • 8-hour Mendenhall Glacier shore excursion from Juneau
  • Trek along the glacier with a certified guide on challenging terrain
  • Walk through a rain forest, steep bedrock, and pass various glacial formations
Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Trek
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Embark on an adventure off the beaten path — a trek on Mendenhall Glacier — while your ship is docked in Juneau. Take on challenging terrain during an 8-mile hike that immerses you in Alaskan wilderness. Come across plunging crevasses and ice caves on this thrilling journey, pictures of which are sure to impress your fellow cruise passengers back at port and family at home.
What to Expect
Getting a little stir-crazy from being on the ship? Stretch your legs on vast, rugged terrain on this day-hike shore excursion into Mendenhall Glacier. The Mendenhall Glacier trek and climb is suitable for most ages and abilities, however, you should be in good enough shape to hike for up to 6 to 6.5 hours, covering about 8 miles (12.8 km) round-trip. You’ll be wearing a backpack, weighing about 10 to 15 pounds with mountaineering gear, snacks/water, and any extra clothing that you’d like to bring.

Your Alaskan glacier adventure begins on a 3.5 mile (5.6 km) trail through the rainforest along Mendenhall Lake. This rocky terrain is challenging and not for the fainthearted. While the first mile is easy enough, on a well-maintained path with a few switchbacks, for the rest of the trail you’ll be hiking on bedrock in steep areas.

When you arrive at Mendenhall Glacier, you’ll be outfitted in trekking gear. Professional guides will provide a safety briefing and make sure you remain safe and enjoy your time adventure on the glacier. With the help of crampons, trek across moderate glacial terrain that overlooks Mendenhall Lake. Your route gets you great views of crevasses, streams, ice caves and other beautiful glacial formations.

With plenty of gorgeous pictures taken, enjoy transport back to port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Juneau for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Reviews (36)
1 - 5 of 14 reviews
Reviewed 30 August 2018
Juneau Hike and Trek: Strenuous, adventurous, and off the beaten path but WELL WORTH IT

My favorite day of the entire week was the strenuous hike and trek up the Mendenhall glacier while in Juneau. Lasted the entire 8 hours so be sure it works with your itinerary. (They provide very good selection of snacks, you wont go hungry). Good...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Allison S
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018

If you want adventurous, strenuous, and different, then the Mendenhall Glacier Trek hiking tour is a great fit! Pushing yourself on your vacation and doing something different often leads to the biggest rewards, and that is absolutely true for this tour. It is the longest...More

Reviewed 17 August 2018

We booked this trip as the highlight to our Princess cruise through Alaska - it was everything we hoped it would be...and more! Communication before the trip was quick and professional. We had some time before the glacier trek and spent some time checking out...More

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

Great to hear Kimberly! Thank you for sharing! Sounds like an awesome day with Ian and Katie, even with losing the soles of a pair of hiking boots - way to trek on! The Glacier Trek hiking tour is absolutely fantastic for active family groups...More

Reviewed 13 August 2018
Fantastic hike & great guides!

We thoroughly enjoyed our hike out to Mendenhall Glacier with the ABAK group. The hike was somewhat challenging, but the views along the way and getting to trek out across the glacier made it worth it. Truly a once in a lifetime experience! The snacks...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Shaelyn H
Liz B, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thank you Shaelyn! Very excited to hear you had such a great time on tour with us; thank you for making us a part of your vacation!

Reviewed 10 August 2018
Great hike, lots of time on glacier and perfect guide!

I booked this trek for my family of 5 including 3 teenage boys. The hike to the glacier through the rain forest was adventurous and beautiful! We had a private trek with a guide (Dan) and he did a fantastic job! He was knowledgeable and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank BeavDallas
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thank you Beav!! That is so sweet of you to say! We are so grateful you decided to join during your trip and I will make sure to pass along your regards to Dan as well. Excellent tip as well - most people will get...More

Reviewed 3 August 2018
A truly FANTASTIC day!

We (1 adult, 3 children ages 14, 11, 8) had a beautifully fantastic day on the private Mendehall Glacier trek! (We had to book privately because of the age of our children.) Our guide was Justin and he was excellent--knowledgable, skilled, patient, safe, engaged and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank HappyMcLean
Liz B, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2018

Thank you very much for your review! We love the feedback. I will pass this along to Justin as well! The private option is great for families since you are able to set your own pace and goals of the tour. Glad you had such...More

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25 May 2018|
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Response from caitlinkmc | Property representative |
Hi bnk87 - We have ice caves come and go every season. This year we had 2 ice caves form and collapse so it is always possible but not guaranteed. We focus on exploring the glacier's surface and all of the amazing features... More