8 Hour Duration
From pick-up to drop-off
Physical Fitness Required
For full-day hiking and glacier traverse
On the edge of stunning Mendenhall Glacier
Complimentary hearty snacks and water
Tour Update: The Mendenhall Glacier is receding on a daily basis causing drastic changes to the surface of the glacier. Our site for trekking on the glacier with crampons has continued to get steeper and more challenging each summer. These changes, along with rising lake levels, have left us with very limited safe areas to explore on the ice. 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.
Not your everyday adventure, the Private Mendenhall Glacier Trek is among the most exclusive and in-depth excursions in Juneau Alaska. Similar to the standard Mendenhall Glacier Trek but with a guide leading your own private party, this involved and exciting outing allows you to explore a stunning world of crystal blue ice up-close and personal. Conditions permitting, it even features the opportunity to explore the otherworldly Mendenhall Glacier ice formations! Particularly if you’re looking to customize the pace or content of your glacier experience, the Private Mendenhall Glacier Trek is quite simply one of the premier excursions in Juneau Alaska.
Your epic adventure begins with pick-up from the cruise docks or the place of your choosing, followed by a lovely drive to the famed Mendenhall Valley. Then it’s time to suit up with your trekking gear and, guided by your personal expert guide, head out toward the glacier itself! You’ll head up a scenic (and fairly strenuous!) trail toward the ice, skirting Mendenhall Lake through stunning temperate rainforest. Then, glacier-side, it’s time to don crampons for the real adventure alongside gaping crevasses, icy-blue meltwater pools, and lovely glacial streams. Thanks to this tour’s private nature, you get to decide what’s next! On the hunt for Mendenhall Glacier ice formations? Your guide will lead the way! Whatever your glacier dream entails, the Private Mendenhall Glacier Trek has you covered! As it’s of the most exclusive excursions in Juneau Alaska, though, this trip has very limited spaces, so book early to guarantee your spot! Note: Price per person varies depending on group size. See the Additional Information tab for pricing specifics.
For stunning glacier-front views and less hiking, you might consider the Private Mendenhall Glacier Paddle & Trek. To learn more about glacier caves, check out this article on Mendenhall Glacier ice caves, part of our Nature & History series.