This is a tour fairly seldom reviewed here, but there are a few thoughts and recommendations that might come handy.
First off - the round trip is around 3 miles. You do have to be in a decent physical shape. Not superhuman, not professional athlete - but you shall be able to paddle at a moderate pace for about 2.5 - 3 hours. Of course - you can always cut the trip short - but then you won't be able to get close to Mendenhall Glacier, and to the scenic waterfall - which are definite highlights and "musts".
Secondly - if you don't kayak on a regular basis - be prepared to get a blister or two by the end of this. I did. Not a problem for me, might be for some.
Next - don't overdress. It is not that much colder on the water than it is on the shore. But - do take advantage of the company-provided rain jacket and rain pants. Not only will they deliver moisture protection - they will provide an additional layer of clothing. Bringing thin athletic gloves might also be a good idea; your arms will get a bit wet and chilly at the end; also - at least some protection against blisters.
Now - on the very concept of this self-guided tour. The company charges around $120-140 per person (depending on coupons and promotions du jour). Some might say this is just a glorified kayak rental. I would disagree. From where our group stood - the convenience of the round trip transportation from and to the cruise ships dock, provided with most all gear, map of the lake, and helpful tips - was well worth it.
Now - their directions on where you are picked up might be a bit confusing. Basically - their van will wait for you in a parking lot next to the Mt. Roberts tramway main entrance.
Kayaking itself was totally spectacular. Overall - highly recommended, with the caveats above :-)
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