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Mendenhall Glacier Trek


Juneau tours don’t get more challenging, or rewarding, than this one! The Mendenhall Glacier Trek is not your everyday adventure, and neither is the challenging trek to get there, but what an experience when you reach the majestic Mendenhall Glacier and explore this eerie blue world of ice, from deep crevasses and moulins (steep shafts) to crystal-clear meltwater streams and emerald-green pools. You may even have the opportunity to enter a ghostly ice cave, depending on conditions, and to learn some mountaineering skills by hanging on the end of a rope while using specialized ice tools and crampons to climb your way up a sheer wall of ice! Your full-day adventure begins with a three-and-a-half mile trek through rainforest along the shores of Mendenhall Lake. At first easy, the trail grows increasingly strenuous until a final rock scramble takes you to the top, where you’ll find breath-taking views of the Mendenhall Glacier and surrounding peaks! From here, it’s on with your glacier gear and crampons for a one-hour trek traversing the ice amid landscapes you really have to see to believe! For those up to the challenge and with the necessary physical fitness, the Mendenhall Glacier Trek is a truly awe-inspiring experience.

Like our other Juneau tours, your adventure begins with pick-up from the cruise docks or your hotel and a scenic drive to the Mendenhall Valley and West Glacier Trailhead. At the trailhead, you’ll meet your expert guides and be fitted with a backpack containing all the gear you’ll need for traversing the glacier, plus food and water. Take it easy on the first mile as your guide leads you over a well-maintained trail through temperate rainforest. From here, the trail gains elevation and gets rougher with some steep, uneven sections and rock scrambling. Reach the top, take time to soak in the stunning views, then head across the final patch of bedrock to the edge of the glacier. With your ice gear and crampons on, it’s time to head out onto the icefield for the experience of a lifetime! The return trek may take a different route but will be just as strenuous as your hike up to the glacier. Of all the Juneau tours, this is the most physically challenging, but the rewards for your effort are stupendous! Don’t believe us? Just check out this tour’s Alaska shore excursions reviews!

For less hiking, you might consider the Mendenhall Glacier Trek & Paddle ($299.00). Or, for an exclusive and brand-new private tour, check out the Private Mendenhall Glacier Trek.


7.5 Hours Duration

From pick-up to drop-off

Physical Fitness Required

For full-day hiking and glacier traverse

Mountaineering Lessons

On the stunning Mendenhall Glacier

Food Provided

Complimentary lunch and snacks




Active, Glacier, Off the Beaten Path


7 ½ hours

Adult Rate


Child Rate

There is no child rate for this tour. All participants will be charged at the adult rate.

Minimum Age

The minimum age for participants is 12 years old.


Must be fit enough to hike for 7+ hours covering over 8-9 miles of strenuous terrain (see trip description above) carrying a 10-15 pound backpack.

Cancellation Policy

In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour., Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty., Including 'Flex Cancel' allows refunds up until 24-hours before the tour., Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with 'Flex Cancel') are nonrefundable.

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14 reviews for Mendenhall Glacier Trek

  1. 5 out of 5

    SpectacularWhat a walk. Starts off through beautiful rainforest with streams, missed and beautiful trees.

    The walk in the glacier was out of this world. Once we put on the crampons, we walked through crevices and even a Moulin. You don't know what blue is until you've walked in a glacier.

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Awesome Experience!Great hike to experience Mendenhall Glacier! Adam was an awesome guide - very knowledgeable about the glacier, its trails, and safety. Even though we didn't get to see the ice caves (some had collapsed a couple of weeks ago and were too dangerous to go and visit), there were some spectacular views of crevasses and moulins on the glacier. Would definitely do again!

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  4. 5 out of 5

    The trek was awesome! Meghan was a great guide. Top notch in safety, decisions, experiences and personality. My grandson (14) and I (68) enjoyed the trek, the caves and the glacier. It could not have been better. Highly recommend.

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Amazing ExperienceOur guides Miles, Brittany and Haley were encouraging, patient, and knowledgeable. The hike was challenging but getting to walk on the glacier and explore the ice caves was spectacular!!

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Best hike ever!!My husband and I had an absolutely wonderful time on our hike to Mendenhall Glacier! It was incredibly interesting and wonderfully challenging. Our feet got wet and we enjoyed fresh Glacier water. Mike was an amazing tour guide. If you're in shape and can handle an intense hike, this is the trip for you. We would do this again in a heartbeat.

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Epic tourI've gotta say that this paddle & trek tour was beyond amazing. The views while paddling are absolutely breath taking and just arriving to the caves and hiking up the glacier was more over what I've ever imagined, it was completely epic. Tour is very well programed and snacks the variety of snacks provided were on point. Prop's to MIKE for his guidance during the trek as I couldn't have made it w/o him!!! He was quite humorous and entertaining. All staff is well prepared and organized. Thanks to you all!!

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Best Experience in Alaska!My wife and I had an absolutely perfect time in Alaska with our recent Princess sea/land cruise. We had a lot of great experiences. However the one that stands out was our Mendenhall Glacier Trek. Thanks guys for a truly memorable time.

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Mendenhall Glacier Trek (7hr)Awesome trek, awesome guide, awesome views!

    Shoutout to Mattheus for a successful first trek of the season!


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  10. 5 out of 5

    First of the season!Was great having a small group so that we could move quickly and spend more time at our stops, in the caves and on the glacier.

    Our guide was interactive, knowledgeable and definitely added to the experience.

    I'd highly recommend Alaska Shore Tours to anyone visiting and wanting to have a truly, all-encompassing trek to the Mendenhall Glacier.

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  11. 5 out of 5

    Mendenhall Glacier TrekMy friend and I participated in a 7-hour hiking tour in summer. We both encountered difficulties on our way. While I was physically challenged, my friend was emotionally drained, our friendly guides were patient and helpful. For the last two hours, our tour guide carried my backpack for me. As a result, I was able to finish my tour and returned safely. Both my friend and I were grateful. Thanks to our guides, we left footprints on the glacier and took many wonderful pictures. Hiking in Juneau was an essential part of our memorable Alaska trip. It helped us deepened our understanding of environmental changes, natural forces, and the wilderness.

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Mendenhall GlacierThe fellas were very pleasant and professional. The hike was easy and not long. Each of the gentlemen had interesting information about the hike and glacier. These guys are so classy that they saved a hiking group from traversing a dangerous area and possibly slipping and falling to their death. The glacier was amazing. Glacier water was a cool addition. We were hesitant on going into the ice cave but we were confidant in the guideäó»s ability. Overall the hike was awesome

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  13. 5 out of 5

    AmazingSam was so great and highly recommended by our group. We had so much fun on this adventure! Check it off the bucket list!

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Mendenhall TrekFabulous trip. It was fun exciting and awesome! Don't miss it.

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    Will the trip still operate if it is raining?

    Answer: Because much of SE Alaska is a rainforest, these trips do operate rain or shine. Rain jackets and pants are provided on this trip. If weather conditions are unsafe, the trip will be canceled and we will provide a full refund.

    What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?

    Answer: It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will of course refund the full cost of the tour.

    What can I do to prepare physically for this trip?

    Answer: Cardiovascular training is a must. You will be hiking approximately 8 miles roundtrip for 7+ hours on uneven terrain. Cardiovascular training will increase your endurance making for a more pleasant experience on the trail. In addition, get yourself out on a hike and choose trails that are uneven. We oftentimes get people who are in good physical condition (i.e. train at the gym daily, run several times a week), but struggle on the uneven surface because they are used to exercising on flat ground, which does not require much balancing and much use of the small muscles in the legs and ankles.

    What's the weather like on the glacier? Is it cold?

    Answer: Juneau temperatures during the summer are typically between 50 and 65 degrees, with an average of 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius). The temperature on the glacier is about 5 degrees cooler, but can feel up to 15 degrees cooler due to katabatic winds (cold downslope winds coming down the glacier). Please bring layers of clothing including a warm hat and gloves.

    What about restroom facilities along the way?

    Answer: You'll have a chance at the kayak base to use the restroom, but after that we will be entering the great outdoors. We recommend all guests follow 'Leave No Trace Principles' and should the need arise, we request packing all trash from the trip including toilet paper. If this is of concern for you, we recommend bringing toilet paper and a ziploc bag for easy packing.

    How many guests are on this tour?

    Answer: There can be up to 12 participants on this trip and there is a minimum of 2 guests for the trip to operate. With advanced notice we can accommodate larger groups on private tours.

    What is the surface of the glacier like?

    Answer: The area that we travel on is in the ablation zone, the section of the glacier that is melting and not covered in snow half the year. The surface is wet, a little bit dirty, slippery, and uneven with crevasses and seracs (towers/fins of ice) adjacent to and in our trekking routes. It is wet due to melting ice and from the meandering melt-water streams. It is dirty due to the movement of the glacier scraping the sides of the mountains, winds blowing dust and debris onto the ice, and 150 years worth of atmospheric dust settling onto the glacier. To prevent us from sliding while walking on the ice, we wear crampons. The specific route taken on the glacier is selected by the guides to meet the ability and adventure level of the clients.

    Are we guaranteed to see ice caves?

    Answer: We don't guarantee ice cave visits. Because the caves are dynamic and change rapidly, visits are condition-dependent. Your guides will ultimately make the call whether or not it is safe to enter an ice cave.

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