Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Canoe, Paddle, and Trek
- Live Guide
- Group Tour
- Pickup Service
- 6 hr
Experience the famous Mendenhall Glacier up close and personal during this 6 hour adventure which includes paddling and glacier exploration. Paddle up to the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier, over Mendenhall Lake, and past Nugget Falls to explore along the edge of the Mendenhall Glacier. 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..
Operated by: Above and Beyond Alaska
Stop At: Above & Beyond Alaska
Guests will be transported from pick up location to gear warehouse. At the warehouse is the gear fitting, orientation, and chance to use restrooms.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Mendenhall Glacier
Pull on your boots, and step into the cool waters of the peaceful Mendenhall Lake as you stare at the mighty Mendenhall Glacier in front of you. During this tour, you will be guided on a canoe paddle across a lake fed by the glacier melt. Once you round the rock peninsula, the face of the glacier confronts. Blocks of ice stand tall, waiting for the right moment to calve into the waters. Once you make landfall you will hike a short distance across rocky terrain, and to the edge of the glacier which is in constant change as features that disappear and reappear over the course of the season. 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 blue well of a moulin. It’s truly classic scene of Alaskan beauty.
Duration: 4 hour
De-gear and return transport back to the main office, followed by transport back to meeting location.
Duration: 1 hour