An Exclusive Experience
Groups of 5-7 or 10-12 & a Private Guide!
6.5 Hours Duration
From pick-up to drop-off
Physical Fitness Required
For full-day paddling and hiking
Hearty snacks and water
This premier tour is quite simply the cream of the crop among Juneau adventure excursions. With a tranquil paddle across a serene glacial meltwater lake followed by a foot excursion onto the massive glacier itself, the Private Mendenhall Lake Canoe Paddle & Trek combines the best elements of Alaska exploration in a perfectly concise tour package. The outing is similar to the Mendenhall Glacier Paddle & Trek but allows your group of either 5-7 or 10-12 people to travel unhindered with your own private guide. If you’re looking for an up-close experience of a legendary glacier, you’re interested in the possibility of exploring a Mendenhall Glacier ice cave, and you love the idea of customizing your personal adventure, the Private Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle & Trek could be just the right fit!
Your exclusive excursion starts with pick-up from your cruise dock or hotel and transport to lovely Mendenhall Lake, a body of water-born from the glacier itself. Here, your personal guide will outfit you for the journey before your crew sets out onto the water in search of wildlife! Keep your eyes along the banks as you glide toward the glacier, as bald eagles, porcupines, mountain goats, river otters, and even black bears are not uncommon sights! Watch also for unparalleled vistas of cascading Nugget Falls and glaciated mountain peaks! Before long, you’ll find yourself surrounded by icebergs and face-to-face with the glacier itself. But not too close, because exciting and explosive ice-calving is possible on Mendenhall Glacier! Then it’s time for phase two of your adventure: Your expert guide will fit you with trekking gear for a roughly 2-hour venture onto the glacier itself, and then it’s off in search of a Mendenhall Glacier ice cave, moulins, and more amazing glacier features! But remember, it’s your private tour, so your guide will be happy to help make sure your glacier experience fits your group’s particular goals. With so much adventure and scenery in one outing, it’s sure to be a highlight of your Alaska cruise! The Private Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle & Trek has extremely limited spots, so book early!
For a more extensive hiking experience without the lake paddle, you might consider the Private Mendenhall Glacier Trek. To learn more about glacier caves, check out this Mendenhall Glacier ice cave article, part of our Nature & History series.
Glacier Interaction, Paddle Adventure, Private
6 ½ hours
There is no child rate for this tour. All participants will be charged at the adult rate.
The minimum age for participants is 12 years old.
|Group Size 5-7||
Minimum of 5 and a maximum of 7 guests for the small canoe.
|Group Size 10-12||
Minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 guests for the large canoe.
Participants must be in good enough physical shape to assist in paddling the canoe for up to 5-6 miles roundtrip, and hike on uneven terrain up to 2 miles roundtrip., This tour cannot accommodate pregnant women., Guests must be under 250lbs.
Cancel with a refund up to 14-days before your tour (or up to 24-hours before if you include Flex Cancel with your reservation), less any non-refundable fees., If for any reason the tour is canceled (due to unpermitting weather, for example), or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund, minus any non-refundable fees.
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.
What equipment is provided?
Answer: We provide a thick rain jacket & pants, rubber boots, waterproof backpack, paddling gear & ice trekking equipment. We recommend bringing warm layers to go underneath the rain gear, gloves and a hat.
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. This can happen on canoe trips from time to time and will be typically related to sea or lake conditions, not rain.
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 about restroom facilities along the way?
Answer: You'll have a chance at the canoe 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.
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.