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 5-6 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 Lake 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 Lake 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.
An Exclusive Experience
Groups of either 5-6 or 10-12 with 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