Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Trek

62 Ratings
  • Live Guide
  • Day Trip
  • Group Tour
  • Pickup Service
  • E-Ticket
  • 8 hr

Spend your time in Juneau on an Alaskan wilderness hiking adventure as you get up close to the Mendenhall Glacier! This exhilarating tour will show you a stunning piece of Alaskan nature as you hike through the Tongass Rainforest towards the glacier. Then explore the edge of the glacier on foot where you could see dramatic crevasses and fascinating glacial formations. The Mendenhall Glacier is receding at a fast pace and due to this we are seeing drastic changes to the surface of the glacier. For this reason, it is not safe to walk on the glacier. This trip will spend time exploring the glacier up close and hiking around the edges of it safely from the bedrock. The edge of the glacier has some of the most stunning features you will find; this is where ice formations, tunnels, and tubes tend to form creating those beautiful blue colors. These features are never guaranteed but do form throughout the summer.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Above and Beyond Alaska

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway

Pick up at "C" Sign at the base of the Mount Roberts Tramway and van transport to main office for gear orientation and outfitting. Once outfitting is complete, guests will be transported to the West Glacier Trailhead.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At:

Hiking to the glacier begins with 4 miles through towering Sitka Spruce and Hemlock in the largest temperate rainforest in the world.

Duration: 2 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Mendenhall Glacier

Your guide will take you on a tour of the glacier's accessible features along the edge, which may include exploring the other worldliness of an ice cave, hiking by glacier blue conduits and ice tubes, or peering into the deep well of a moulin. The glacier is in constant change and its ice features disappear and reappear over the course of the season, but we will explore the best features available that day.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At:

Return 4 mile hike back through the Tongass National Forest.

Duration: 2 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway

Drop off back downtown. Thanks for joining!

Duration: 30 minutes
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