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Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek

  • 6.5-hour Mendenhall Glacier paddle and trek tour from Juneau
  • Paddle around ice floes and admire dramatic scenery en route to the glacier
  • Embark on a glacier trek and learn about the area’s natural history from an informative guide
Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek
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Experience Mendenhall Glacier by land and water on this 6.5-hour combo-adventure tour from Juneau. First, hop into a canoe at Mendenhall Lake and paddle around luminescent blue icebergs and past cliffs and waterfalls toward Mendenhall Glacier. Step onto the glacier and explore the area with trekking poles. No matter what level of paddling or glacial-trekking experience you have, a guide is there to prepare you for each step of the journey. Look for wildlife sightings and expect personalized attention on this small-group tour limited to 14 people.
What to Expect

Experience the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier and Lake from a series of unparalleled vantage points on Southeast Alaska’s singular multi-sport glacial adventure.

You’ll be picked up from downtown Juneau and transported 20 minutes and a world away, arriving at the edge of Mendenhall Lake- your paddling destination and only the first phase of exploration on this 6.5 hour, family-friendly adventure. After your gear outfitting, orientation and safety briefing, point the bow of your canoe toward the awe-inspiring glacier ahead and paddle with your informative guides on this silt-rich lake with glowing blue icebergs of all shapes and sizes and reflections of the grand peaks of the Coastal Mountain Range. Mendenhall Lake offers the unique experience of paddling near icebergs, arctic tern nesting cliffs, and giant waterfalls all en route to the terminus of the glacier. Don’t forget to look toward the shorelines, mountains and sky for possible wildlife sightings- mountain goats, black bear, porcupine, river otter, beaver, eagles, loons, and arctic terns all inhabit this area.

Upon reaching our beach landing point near the glacier’s edge, the adventure continues as your paddles are traded for backpacks and trekking poles. Leaving your sea legs behind, venture to the glacier’s edge and onto the ice, taking a journey through time as your expert guides share the natural history of the Mendenhall and help you to explore such accessible features such as crevasses, ice caves, moulins, melt water streams, pools, etc.  

After your trek, return to your boats and paddle across the lake once more, allowing the visually stunning experience to wash over you before returning to the lake’s edge. 

Adventurers of all experience levels are invited to join in on this excursion. The guides are happy to outfit and orient you to the paddle and glacier trek experience regardless of past paddling or trekking history. The entire family can join in on this multi-sport journey through an ecological timeline to experience the Mendenhall from land and water. 

Reviews (73)
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Reviewed October 8, 2018
Highlight of Alaska cruise!

Amazing trip! Canoe across a glacial lake, hike on a glacier - these are things most people never get to do, and the fact that it's all disappearing makes it even more poignant. Above & Beyond are true to their name with excellent gear, guides,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank poshlaw2016
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

Awesome to hear! Thank you for your feedback and good information - this is an active adventure tour meaning everyone is asked to fully participate including paddling the canoe. If you enjoy physical activity, it is very fun and an unique experience! Thank you for...More

Reviewed September 28, 2018
Absolutely amazing and the BEST excursion of our trip!

This excursion left us speechless! The canoe ride was a great way to see the beauty of Alaska and also a great way to bond with the group. But nothing compares to arriving at and hiking on the glacier! My husband and I said several...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Donna P
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2018

YAY Donna! So great to hear!! Thank you for sharing your experience and I will be sure to pass that along to Dan and Elliott as they love hearing that too. The glacier is so hard to explain because it is completely unlike anything else...More

Reviewed September 23, 2018
Once in a Lifetime Amazing Experience!

My cousin and i were fortunate to have booked this excursion early (if you are on a cruise it sells out quickly). We were picked up from the pier and driven to Above & Beyond's station where we were outfitted with all our necessary gear...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank moonpie67
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2018

Great tips moonpie67! We do sell this tour through several cruise lines and they do sell out quickly. You can also check TripAdvisor for other times and dates available. So glad you had a great experience and enjoyed your time with Dan & Max, who...More

Reviewed September 18, 2018

The ephemeral nature of ice caves (glaciers are always moving and changing!) means ABAK can't guarantee you'll get to go in one. I was lucky enough to get to experience one and WOW! what an experience of a lifetime. However, I'd still be giving this...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Aura234
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2018

Great input! The ice caves, as they come and go, are always wonderful when we have them but it is not essential for an amazing adventure. The glacier is filled with TONS of different amazing blue ice features and each day is different. We hope...More

Reviewed September 11, 2018
Once in a Lifetime Experience

If you are trying to figure out what to do on your trip to Juneau. THIS IS IT!!! This was absolutely amazing. Our tour guide Beau was the best. You can tell he loves this job, as he lives this day in and day out....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jef W
Liz B, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2018

Thank you Jef for your review and recommendation on Facebook! Beau truly loves what he does and showing guests amazing experiences on tour. It is amazing you were able to access an ice cave as we have not been able to find that many this...More

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Scott C
August 26, 2018|
Response from caitlinkmc | Property representative |
Hi Scott - Please check out our website for our Glacier Blue Trek & Climb tour which includes ice climbing and all the amazing other features on our Glacier Trek tour but longer, more adventurous, and includes strapping on... More
June 16, 2018|
Response from vknight5 | Reviewed this property |
It truly depends. I thought it was not bad but the trek up the ice was steep with the ice spikes and the pole they gave you. It’s ice so anything could happen even with your spikes so at least we had our protective... More
April 23, 2018|
Response from caitlinkmc | Property representative |
Yes that works great!