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Mendenhall Glacier Trek provided by Above & Beyond Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier Trek
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About
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 ice caves, dramatic crevasses, and fascinating glacial formations. Due to the dynamic nature of the Mendenhall Glacier features are in constant change. Your guide will assess each available feature prior to accessing to determine if it’s safe to explore. The Mendenhall Glacier is receding on a daily basis and due to this we are seeing significant changes to the surface of the glacier. There are very limited safe areas to access and explore on the ice with crampons. Safety is our number one priority and we can not guarantee every trip will hike on the glacier.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5043MEND
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Hearty snack/bottled water
  • Mountaineering gear, backpack, rain jacket and pants -- please advise supplier of rain gear sizing
  • Roundtrip transportation from designated meeting point
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers. Clients staying at major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley may be picked up directly from their hotel. Clients with their own transportation need to contact our office to arrange a meeting location.
  • 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • You must include the following in the comments section when booking: raingear & shoe sizes for each passenger, (for adult men and women, S-XXL and youth, S-L) and any pertinent medical information. Smallest shoe size that can be accommodated is Youth 2 and largest is Adult 14.
  • This small group adventure has a minimum of 2 and maximum of 12 participants
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • WAIVER FORM: Every participant on the trip must sign a waiver form at the start of the trip. Alterations and/or deletions to the waiver is not permitted
  • Clients must be in good enough shape and conditioned to hike for up to 6-6.5 hours, covering about 8 miles roundtrip. The hike is challenging and clients need to bring sturdy hiking boots that provide good ankle support while hiking on rocky terrain. All clients will need to hike with a backpack the entire way on this trip. The backpack (provided) weighs approximately 10-15 pounds and holds mountaineering gear, snacks/water, etc.
  • Accessing ice caves, moulins, or any other glacial feature is not guaranteed: Due to the dynamic nature of the Mendenhall Glacier features are in constant change. Your guide will assess each available feature prior to accessing to determine if it’s safe to explore. The Mendenhall Glacier is receding on a daily basis and due to this we are seeing significant changes to the surface of the glacier. There are very limited safe areas to access and explore on the ice with crampons. Safety is our number one priority and we can not guarantee every trip will hike on the glacier. We assess conditions day to day. The edge of the glacier has some of the most stunning features; caves, tunnels, tubes, and crevasses which create those beautiful blue colors.onstantly changing nature of the Mendenhall glacier. Your guide will assess the hazards the day of the trip and determine if a particular area is safe enough to trek upon or enter
  • Hiking boots with with good stability and traction
  • Comfortable hiking pants, warm sweater or fleece, hat, and gloves recommended
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Safety harnesses fit up to 42 inch waist size and 28" inch leg size. Not able to accommodate larger waist/leg sizes.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Hearty snack/bottled water
  • Mountaineering gear, backpack, rain jacket and pants -- please advise supplier of rain gear sizing
  • Roundtrip transportation from designated meeting point
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers. Clients staying at major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley may be picked up directly from their hotel. Clients with their own transportation need to contact our office to arrange a meeting location.
  • 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • You must include the following in the comments section when booking: raingear & shoe sizes for each passenger, (for adult men and women, S-XXL and youth, S-L) and any pertinent medical information. Smallest shoe size that can be accommodated is Youth 2 and largest is Adult 14.
  • This small group adventure has a minimum of 2 and maximum of 12 participants
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • WAIVER FORM: Every participant on the trip must sign a waiver form at the start of the trip. Alterations and/or deletions to the waiver is not permitted
  • Clients must be in good enough shape and conditioned to hike for up to 6-6.5 hours, covering about 8 miles roundtrip. The hike is challenging and clients need to bring sturdy hiking boots that provide good ankle support while hiking on rocky terrain. All clients will need to hike with a backpack the entire way on this trip. The backpack (provided) weighs approximately 10-15 pounds and holds mountaineering gear, snacks/water, etc.
  • Accessing ice caves, moulins, or any other glacial feature is not guaranteed: Due to the dynamic nature of the Mendenhall Glacier features are in constant change. Your guide will assess each available feature prior to accessing to determine if it’s safe to explore. The Mendenhall Glacier is receding on a daily basis and due to this we are seeing significant changes to the surface of the glacier. There are very limited safe areas to access and explore on the ice with crampons. Safety is our number one priority and we can not guarantee every trip will hike on the glacier. We assess conditions day to day. The edge of the glacier has some of the most stunning features; caves, tunnels, tubes, and crevasses which create those beautiful blue colors.onstantly changing nature of the Mendenhall glacier. Your guide will assess the hazards the day of the trip and determine if a particular area is safe enough to trek upon or enter
  • Hiking boots with with good stability and traction
  • Comfortable hiking pants, warm sweater or fleece, hat, and gloves recommended
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Safety harnesses fit up to 42 inch waist size and 28" inch leg size. Not able to accommodate larger waist/leg sizes.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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wander1
Atlanta, GA273 contributions
Good hike with a prize at the end
Jul 2021
It's a solid hike of about 4.5 miles, then you put on your crampons and go walking on a Glacier! The hike is not a flat trail but is very doable (sturdy shoes or boots are a must). It's the prize at the end that you're there for. There was an ice cave there that we got to explore a bit. Then you back track the 4.5 miles back to the car. Our guide was knowledgeable and efficient. Gear was provided and well explained (having never worn crampons before). We enjoyed it and recommend it.
Written 21 August 2021
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Thank you for your review! That is amazing you were able to visit an ice cave, as they are a rather unpredictable feature of the glacier and come and go as the glacier changes. Thank you for making us a part of your Alaskan vacation.
Written 26 August 2021
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Mandi L
2 contributions
Fantastic trip
Aug 2021 • Friends
Guides were fantastic and even though we couldn't safely get on the ice, they made sure we still had an amazing experience!
Written 16 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for your review! Glad you had an amazing experience.
Written 16 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Wander Lust
Chicago, IL4 contributions
Amazing glacier trek
This was the best glacier tour we’ve done, and we’ve visited several glaciers. Our guide was Cory, and he was awesome. ABAK provided everything you need: gear (including hiking sticks), food and water. It was a small group with only 3 other people, which was nice. The trail through the miss-covered rain forest was lovely. Cory explained the geological/ecological changes that occur as a glacier recedes, which we were able to witness first hand. The pace was good, and we could stop whenever we needed to add or remove layers, eat, or take pictures without any pressure. We got to go inside an ice cave, which was awesome! Cory was more than happy to take pictures of us throughout the tour. Then we began the glacier trek, which was AMAZING! The crampons were good quality and we felt safe and secure waking over the ice. Cory made sure to show us several glacial features. We had plenty of time unlike some other glacier tours. This tour is a must for anyone traveling through Juneau. The hike back down was challenging at times as the rain made the rocks slippery. Cory was always ready to offer a hand or carry gear through tricky areas or just give advice. It was a spectacular day. I can’t recommend ABAK enough.
Written 28 July 2021
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Thank you for joining us and for your review! Sounds like such an amazing day and Corey is just great! Thank you for making us a part of your Alaskan adventure.
Written 5 August 2021
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Mario F
1 contribution
Mendenhall Trek
May 2019
Hey,

This review is long overdue, but we finally got to sit down and organize the pictures from our trip to AK. The Mendenhall trek was terrific, and the ABAK guides that day went above and beyond. The equipment was top-notch, the guides seemed over-prepared and confident. A friendly and exciting group of people that seemed to enjoy the trip as much as we did. We were on the ice for hours in that time frame, another company tour with massive group sizes came and left twice. We were even lucky enough to get into an ice cave!

Thanks for everything ABAK
Written 13 October 2019
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What a great experience! Thank you for taking the time to share. That is amazing that you were able to experience an ice cave. Since they are a feature of the glacier they come and go as the glacier changes so can never predict when they will be formed. Thank you for making us a part of your Alaskan vacation!
Written 16 October 2019
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BleuRythmic
Seattle, WA5 contributions
Mother Nature at her finest
Sep 2019 • Couples
Amazing! Breathtaking!! An experience you must take to witness Mother Nature and her beauty from the air and in the glacier.
Written 22 September 2019
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Thank you for your review! So glad you had a great time and come back to see us again!
Written 23 September 2019
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Edward Pointdujour
9 contributions
Really nice experience
Sep 2019 • Friends
Great views, great encounter with nature. Beautiful colors in the glacier. The blue was amazing. A cool small gropu and The best tour guide in Juneau...
Written 15 September 2019
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Thank you for your review! So glad you had such a great time!
Written 15 September 2019
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Phanikiran S
2 contributions
So thankful for the intimate experience of a glacier!
Aug 2019
We have heard it all about how the glaciers are melting fast and are retreating, even losing height. I am glad that our family got to experience the Mendenhall Glacier in such a first-hand manner through this trek. This was our first experience of being on a glacier. And to us, the hike involved to and from the glacier made it more meaningful than the shortcut offered by a helicopter ride. The total time from pickup to drop-off was about 9 hours and it was totally worth it.

We were a private party of 3 members including our 9-year old son. Our guide was Jacques Turcotte. His guiding was professional and his company was enjoyable. He not only explained several things to note all along the hike, but also shared relevant details about his interests, job and family making us want to seek him out for other trips we may want to do in Alaska and elsewhere in future. (Because Jacques works the summers in Alaska and goes to California, Colorado etc in winter.)

Jacques picked us up on time; equipped us with our supplies-laden backpacks; gave us instructions; lent us a hand when we weren't sure of our footing; took our photos; treated us to edible berries; and even carried our son's backpack in a couple of really difficult stretches.

Since we were a party of only 3 members, Jacques had planned for us not only walking on the glacial ice, but also the descent into a crevasse where went inside a cave that had opened up in the ice. A cave with ultra blue ice like they show in National Geographic. For this Jacques had to rig the ropes system which he did expertly; patiently answering our son's morbid questions with disaster scenarios! (By the way, Jacques does ice rescues too.)

Rain would have made the already challenging hike difficult. But during the time of our visit, rains had failed in Alaska's temperate rainforest area bringing on visible drought conditions. Consequently, the walk through the rainforest area and the climb up the rocky terrains was that much easier. In the event that we had encountered a rainy stretch, we would have been vastly underprepared with our choice of footwear. (Those Alaska shoes ABAK recommends are totally worth it because the Trek happens irrespective of weather conditions.) Good cameras are a must for capturing those rare and precious moments; but there needs to be a suitably sturdy dry bag for protecting the camera in case of rains. I must also think that rains would have dampened the enthusiasm of our 9-year old; so if you are taking the young-uns, keep your fingers crossed for no rains on the day of your trek.

The snacks and water provided as part of the supplies in the backpack is mostly sufficient, though the need for water varies from person to person. You are encouraged to carry additional water bottles of your own if you think you are likely to drink more water. Of course, you could refill the water bottles they provide with glacial water as it melts and runs off!! We are vegetarians and the snacks were appropriately selected.

On the whole, I highly commend ABAK and strongly recommend Jacques Turcotte. There are other adventures that ABAK offers and I would certainly go back to them based on this experience.
Written 3 September 2019
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Wow! Very impressed by your detailed review. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and providing excellent insights. I appreciated your point about the rain and how that does change the trail conditions drastically, it is something to consider for all guests as the trail contains sections of exposed smooth rock which becomes slippery during periods of moist conditions. These rainy conditions demand good footwear, additional gear, and adjusting expectations on hiking speed. It does happen but we have added the buffer time to still be able to provide an amazing hiking experience even in the wettest of conditions. Thank you for joining us and please come visit us and Jacques again soon!
Written 6 September 2019
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Oleksandra_Pan
Houston, TX7 contributions
Fantastic experience!
Aug 2019 • Friends
Fantastic experience! Great guide! Interesting track, a lot of information and amazing pictures.Thank you!!!
Written 29 August 2019
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Thanks so much! Have a great vacation and come visit again soon!
Written 30 August 2019
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Donald W
4 contributions
Hike to Mendenhall Glacier
Aug 2019 • Couples
Great trip but Very strenuous, must be in great shape Guides were amazing. The scenery was amazing as well.
Written 27 August 2019
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Thanks Donald! We appreciate the review and for joining us!
Written 30 August 2019
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KrisandDenise21020
San Antonio, TX10 contributions
Awesome Experience
Aug 2019
My fiance and I did the Mendehall Glacier Trek while on a cruise. The entire experience was awesome. Incredible guides that took us onto the glacier and into a couple caves that were simply amazing. The provided all of the necessary gear and plenty of snack to keep us energized. Need to be in decent shape as the hike out to the glacier and back is over 8 miles with some minor rock scrambling.
Written 27 August 2019
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Great tip - being in decent shape and loving to hike are essential for the Mendenhall Glacier Trek hiking tour. It is a tough 8 miles but so rewarding! Thank you for joining us!
Written 30 August 2019
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