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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. 

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Reviewed 3 days ago
Can't recommend this trip highly enough!

This is a very classy professional company. The tour come under the heading "strenuous", which it was but achievable by anyone with a bit of fitness. We started by collecting our equipment and outdoor clothing, then drove to hop in the canoe. No passengers re...More

Thank nswmike
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Yay! It is wonderful to be identified as "a very classy professional company" - thank you from the whole team!! Katie and Beau are excellent examples of that and true leaders among the team. Excellent tip about checking your time in port and booking your...More

Reviewed 3 days ago
Breathtaking Views, Once in a Lifetime Experience!

This was, by far, the highlight of our Alaskan cruise. We booked our excursion directly through ABAK. The process was simple and a list of what we needed to bring was helpful. It was nice going at a more convenient time of day than what...More

Thank Sara M
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Sara - Thank you for your detailed review! We appreciate it! You are absolutely right that only a few thousand people are allowed to step on and explore the ice, while over a million guests will visit the visitor's center - making this experience...More

Reviewed 5 days ago
Ben and Madisyn are the BEST!

We went on our canoe and glacier trek with Ben and Madisyn as our guides and the day was fabulous. I highly recommend this trip if you are in Juneau! Sean, Dori and Lilly

Thank BeachHouseBCS
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you Sean, Dori, and Lilly! We really appreciate you leaving this review and I will make sure to let Ben and Madisyn know you posted. Have a great rest of your vacation!

Reviewed 6 days ago
amazing experience!

This was the best "hands-on" experience I had during my 3 week trip in AK. Hiking on the glacier was a unique and unforgettable experience! Beau and Nic were outstanding guides! I did think it was a bit pricey relative to other tours/experiences I took...More

Thank Michael T
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Michael - Thank you for your feedback! We are sorry to hear this was a struggle for you with your shoulder, we hate to hear that but it is a great opportunity for us to remind everyone - these are physically active and intensive...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing, Life Changing Experience

We booked our excursion through Princess Cruises. I'd give this excursion and the ABAK a AA+ right from the beginning. Becca was on the pier waiting for us, and she was so friendly and kind. She told us about herself and a little about the...More

1  Thank Jennifer S
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

WOW Jennifer - this is officially the longest and most detailed review in our company's history - THANK YOU!! This is amazing! We all enjoyed reading it and sharing in your experience. It's great to have these details from a customer standpoint as we are...More

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17 June 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
23 April 2018|
Response from Cait M | Property representative |
Yes that works great!
19 April 2018|
Response from Greertianna | Reviewed this property |
Any time it can happen that people are lazy to paddle... I’ve done paddling on my own :)) Maybe 11 am would be better choice, I went at 7 am