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Getting a little stir-crazy from being on the ship? Stretch your legs on vast, rugged terrain on this day-hike shore excursion into Mendenhall Glacier. The Mendenhall Glacier trek and climb is suitable for most ages and abilities, however, you should be in good enough shape to hike for up to 6 to 6.5 hours, covering about 8 miles (12.8 km) round-trip. You’ll be wearing a backpack, weighing about 10 to 15 pounds with mountaineering gear, snacks/water, and any extra clothing that you’d like to bring.

Your Alaskan glacier adventure begins on a 3.5 mile (5.6 km) trail through the rainforest along Mendenhall Lake. This rocky terrain is challenging and not for the fainthearted. While the first mile is easy enough, on a well-maintained path with a few switchbacks, for the rest of the trail you’ll be hiking on bedrock in steep areas.

When you arrive at Mendenhall Glacier, you’ll be outfitted in trekking gear. Professional guides will provide a safety briefing and make sure you remain safe and enjoy your time adventure on the glacier. With the help of crampons, trek across moderate glacial terrain that overlooks Mendenhall Lake. Your route gets you great views of crevasses, streams, ice caves and other beautiful glacial formations.

With plenty of gorgeous pictures taken, enjoy transport back to port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Juneau for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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Embark on an adventure off the beaten path — a trek on Mendenhall Glacier — while your ship is docked in Juneau. Take on challenging terrain during an 8-mile hike that immerses you in Alaskan wilderness. Come across plunging crevasses and ice caves on this thrilling journey, pictures of which are sure to impress your fellow cruise passengers back at port and family at home.
  • 8-hour Mendenhall Glacier shore excursion from Juneau
  • Trek along the glacier with a certified guide on challenging terrain
  • Walk through a rain forest, steep bedrock, and pass various glacial formations
  • Snacks, water and equipment provided
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We booked this trip as the highlight to our Princess cruise through Alaska - it was everything we hoped it would be...and more! Communication before the trip was quick and professional. We had some time before the glacier trek and spent some time checking out...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Fantastic hike & great guides!

We thoroughly enjoyed our hike out to Mendenhall Glacier with the ABAK group. The hike was somewhat challenging, but the views along the way and getting to trek out across the glacier made it worth it. Truly a once in a lifetime experience! The snacks...More

Thank Shaelyn H
Liz B, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Shaelyn! Very excited to hear you had such a great time on tour with us; thank you for making us a part of your vacation!

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great hike, lots of time on glacier and perfect guide!

I booked this trek for my family of 5 including 3 teenage boys. The hike to the glacier through the rain forest was adventurous and beautiful! We had a private trek with a guide (Dan) and he did a fantastic job! He was knowledgeable and...More

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Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you Beav!! That is so sweet of you to say! We are so grateful you decided to join during your trip and I will make sure to pass along your regards to Dan as well. Excellent tip as well - most people will get...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A truly FANTASTIC day!

We (1 adult, 3 children ages 14, 11, 8) had a beautifully fantastic day on the private Mendehall Glacier trek! (We had to book privately because of the age of our children.) Our guide was Justin and he was excellent--knowledgable, skilled, patient, safe, engaged and...More

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Liz B, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review! We love the feedback. I will pass this along to Justin as well! The private option is great for families since you are able to set your own pace and goals of the tour. Glad you had such...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Best Hike Ever

I went on this trek with my husband end of July. It was a small group of 6, including our guide Matt. I tracked about 10 miles in total, and it was all worth it. My husband and I were looking forward to this hike...More

Thank Z T
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review!! It is so great to hear that we lived up to expectations and that you connected with Matt, he was thrilled to read your feedback! Absolutely great tip, bring layers! For warmer days a tshirt for the hike then a...More

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Response from Mark G | Reviewed this property |
Afraid not - ice caves collapsed at the end of last year - still a v enjoyable hike (visited May 18)
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