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Mendenhall Glacier Trek

From $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.
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Reviewed yesterday
Amazing Experience

Great experience trekking over the glacier and top rope climbing in two locations. Felt safe with our guides.

Thank John_T_3256
Reviewed 3 days ago
The most amazing experience of my life.

There are no words to express how exciting, beautiful, and surreal this trek was. Our guide, Matt Berry, was excellent. He was knowledgeable, capable, and made sure our trip was exciting, informative and safe. We felt we were in the best of hands. It's so...More

Thank Pam B
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you Pam!! It is wonderful to hear you had such a great experience with Matt. He has absolutely found his passion in the outdoors and we are very happy we can help him grow professionally. Big props to your family for making the decision...More

Reviewed 5 days ago
Outstanding experience! The highlight of our Alaska cruise!

Our family of 5 booked a private excursion for the full day glacier trek. Blake was our guide and was absolutely fantastic. Blake was knowledgeable, engaging and connected with our three teenagers; 16, 15 and 13. The trail to the glacier was very beautiful. Blake...More

Thank Hayden Y
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Great to hear Hayden! Thank you from Blake and the whole ABAK Team! We really appreciate you joining us and it sounds like the Private Glacier Trek was the perfect choice for you and your family. Safe travels and please come visit again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Glacier trek

Had a blast on this trip! Danny, Blake and Max did a great job guiding us to and from the glacier. Also, the snacks were amazing!

Thank Carter D
Liz B, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you Carter for your review! I will pass this along to Danny, Blake, and Max; they will be excited! Glad to hear you enjoyed the snacks as well; our snackologist does a lot of work to pick out the perfect snacks. Come back anytime!

A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Mendenhall Glacier Hike

My husband and I found this the most grueling and rewarding hike we ever had. Nic was a fantastic guide, leader with great knowledge and utmost concern for our safety. Madison was full of energy and awesome while we had her with the group. Walking...More

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Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Lee Ann and Parv! We really appreciate you taking the chance and joining us! The hike is absolutely worth it! Excellent advice - you should JUST DO IT! :) Safe travels and please come visit again soon!

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