Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike

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Juneau, US
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Experience the adventure of a lifetime with the Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing beauty of the Alaskan wilderness as you hike through the Tongass Rainforest towards the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier. Witness the breathtaking panorama of the glacier and capture stunning photos of the deep blue crevasses and icefall. Admire Nugget Falls and the icebergs floating on Mendenhall Lake. This thrilling tour offers a close encounter with nature and allows you to witness the dramatic changes happening to the glacier. While walking on the glacier is unsafe due to its fast-paced retreat, this guided hike promises an unforgettable experience. Join this tour and embark on an exhilarating journey through the largest temperate rainforest in the world, surrounded by towering spruce and hemlock trees. Book now and create lasting memories of the Alaskan wilderness.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 6 hours
  • Suitable for 1-12 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Hiking through Tongass Rainforest
  • Panoramic views of the glacier
  • Capture breathtaking photos
  • Views of Nugget Falls and icebergs
  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide
  • Hearty snack
  • Forest service permits
  • Backpack, rain jacket and pants -- please advise supplier of sizing
  • Gratuities

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Experience the Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike, a thrilling 6-7 mile adventure! This tour takes you on a journey through the Tongass National Forest, the world's largest temperate rainforest, and leads you to the stunning Mendenhall Glacier. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready for an unforgettable outdoor experience.

What to expect?

On this guided hike, you can expect to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature as you trek through the Tongass National Forest. Your experienced guide will lead you through the wilderness, passing by beaver ponds and navigating glacial terrain. As you reach the final ridge, prepare to be awe-struck by the majestic view of the Mendenhall Glacier's jagged facade and its ice river. Capture stunning photos and savor panoramic views of the glacier, deep blue crevasses, cascading icefall, and surrounding mountains. This hike is a challenging adventure that requires exceptional balance and sure-footedness, as you'll traverse rocky, uneven, and slippery terrain. But the effort is well worth it for the breathtaking sights that await you.

Who is this for?

This guided hike is perfect for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers who are seeking a thrilling and immersive outdoor experience. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just starting out, as long as you have a sense of adventure and a love for nature, this tour is for you. It's an opportunity to explore the beauty of the Tongass National Forest and witness the grandeur of the Mendenhall Glacier up close.

Why book this?

Embarking on the Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature and witness the awe-inspiring beauty of one of Alaska's most iconic glaciers. With an experienced guide leading the way, you can feel confident in navigating the challenging terrain and making the most of your adventure. The panoramic views of the glacier, the cascading icefall, and the surrounding mountains will leave you breathless and provide countless photo opportunities. This hike allows you to truly immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of Alaska and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Good to know

It's important to note that this hike is not for the faint of heart. The trail includes 800 feet of elevation gain and requires exceptional balance and sure-footedness. The terrain is rocky, uneven, and slippery, making it essential to wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for the challenges that come with hiking in a glacial environment. The tour includes a professional guide, hearty snacks, forest service permits, and necessary gear such as a backpack, rain jacket, and pants. It's recommended to inform the supplier of your sizing for a comfortable experience. Don't forget to bring your own water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the hike.


Those who have embarked on the Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike have shared their awe and satisfaction with the experience. They rave about the breathtaking views, the knowledgeable guides, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing this challenging hike. Many reviewers highlight the beauty of the glacier and the surrounding landscape, emphasizing that it's a must-do activity for nature enthusiasts visiting Juneau. Overall, the reviews reflect high levels of satisfaction and a deep appreciation for the unique adventure offered by this guided hike.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Goldbelt Tram

Pick up at "C" Sign at the base of the Mount Roberts Tramway and van transport to main office for gear orientation and outfitting. Once outfitting is complete, guests will be transported to the West Glacier Trailhead.

West Glacier Trailhead

Hiking to the glacier begins with 3.5 miles through towering Sitka spruce and hemlock in the largest temperate rainforest in the world.

Mendenhall Glacier

Viewpoint, photography and snacks: enjoy the panoramic views of the Mendenhall Glacier!

Admission Included

West Glacier Trailhead

Return 3.5 mile hike back through the Tongass National Forest.

Goldbelt Tram

Drop off back downtown. Thanks for joining!



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We had an awesome hike with Josh and Taylor. The pace is fast and there are some really challenging inclines and rock scrambles (I wore hiking pants, but I should have gone a step further and worn pants with more stretch). My family of 5 (hubby and I, two teens and a 12 year old) joined 8 other adults. We relished the gorgeous sights, learned a lot about the glacier and had fun chatting with each other and the guides. The glacier is receding rapidly, I'm glad we got to see it while we still could.


This was a great hike led by our guide Jeffrey. Jeff was very friendly and informative. The walk is quite strenuous, but Jeff made sure everyone was capable and wearing the right clothing. A waterproof and decent walking shoes/boots are a must.

Donna P

This is why I came to Alaska! I would add more stars if I could. Best day of the whole cruise! Leeann and Kiana were our guides and were terrific young ladies with hiking experience and knowledge of the local flora to share. 7 wonderful hours out in stunning nature. I would comment that if you are not physically fit, and ALSO have good balance and climbing ability- DO NOT BOOK this! It was a 968 ft elevation gain hike. Read the information on their website and do not blindly book this on trip advisor. You will climb up and down large rocks, walk thru streams or water and mud, scramble up some short rock faces with your hands and slide down on your bum. This impacts the whole group of up to 12 hikers (max tour size) as one guide has to always remain with the hikers regardless if they are capable of continuing. This is not a flat walk in the woods for someone just pulling new hiking boots out of the box that morning. That said, the other thing to note is that the glacier is receding and no two trips will be the same. You aren't walking on the glacier and the ice caves of 2022 and before are now gone. It was fascinating to see the changes made over time by the glacier. I would totally do this trip again given the chance.


Pretty intense hike at time. And im a backpacker... Still very fun. Got to see wildlife up and close. Including a bear that at times were as close as 25-30yards. Unfortunately, the glacier had receded to a point you cant get very close.


OMG. The team that went with us were wonderful and diverse personalities. We paddled with Abbey and Grant. The glaciers have softened ( over a yr ago) and tour grp from the cruise ship did not provide the updated information that the glaciers are no longer safe to walk upon. But we were close. The air so fresh and clean. The picture posted no longer accurate a chunk of ice left just the night before. We were even blessed with sighting of a harbor seal. Highly recommend


We met our guide HaIlie at the cruise port and she shuttled us to the warehouse where we were outfitted with backpacks, rain gear, hiking poles and snacks. We were joined by another couple so the group was 4 hikers plus Hailie. The trail started out easy but became increasingly difficult. We bushwhacked through the rainforest crossing several streams. We scaled rock ledges. Hailie is very patient, helpful and knowledgeable about the landscape and plant life. We stopped for lunch with a panoramic view of the glacier. The final .7 mile hike to the tip of the glacier was an easy track. We were shocked about the rate that the glacier was melting. The glacier started at the trailhead in 1910, so 4 miles melted over the past 112 years but the rate has increased drastically. The total distance (out and back is 7.5 miles). The track is challenging. This hike was a great experience - an opportunity to see an ancient glacier up close. Be prepared for a vigorous workout.


My wife and I signed up for this tour through trip advisor, were picked up at 10am and taken to the facility to get outfitted for the trek. We learned at that time that we would not be allowed to participate because by wife had a medical condition that temporarily limits her exertion level. Level of exertion for the trek was NOT mentioned in the trip advisor info about the trek. HAVING THIS INFORMATION CLEARLY STATED BY TRIP ADVISOR IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OUTFITTER! Since we were inconvenienced, we were told they would be happy to drop us off anywhere, including at the Mendenhall Visitor Center so we could trek on our own. But once we got into their van the story changed and we were told all they could do is take us back to our hotel as their vehicle was commercial and not allowed to be driven to the Mendenhall Visitor Center. So, we went back to our hotel and were unable to find a way to the Visitor Center until 1:30 pm. So we did not make it to the Visitor Center to start hiking until after 2pm. This very much limited our time there. Signing up for this trek was a big waste of our time.


This is a fantastic tour! Our 2 guides, Abbey and Hailey took great care of us, offered tons of information about the area and assisted everyone safely over the rough spots, always with patience and a smile! This hike isn’t a stroll up the road. We covered many miles with packs they provided which has everything you’d need. There are definitely challenging spots climbing rocky ledges, navigating steep trails, and climbing on the glacier which was fabulous! Every safety measure was taken as we climbed across the glacier using crampons, helmets and harnesses for the just in case. They also were very cognizant of not leaving a trace and protecting the delicate nature of the rain forest. We were all worn out out at the end but totally satisfied with this excellent adventure!


Six of us, including the bride and groom from the prior day's wedding, were led through the forest, over the mountain and across the glacier to the ice caves by our phenomenal guide Leah. I can't possibly say enough good things about her and her skills as a professional and fun-loving guide. () This was a great experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for far more than just a hike. which is why I posted the video titled "Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier Trek" on YouTube. Hands down this is the most challenging trek most of us had been on and yet it was the most rewarding too. Great Job Above and Beyond! I'll be coming back again.


What an amazing experience! Leah was our guide and she was fantastic! Very knowledgeable about plants, animals, and the glacier area. This company values safety above all else. We opted for the private trek so we could go at our own pace since I wasn't sure how well our almost 12 year old would keep up. You definitely need to be in shape! This was probably the most challenging hike we have done as a family, about 8 miles total. You will start with about 4 miles thru the woods to more rocky climbing before you get to the glacier. We had crampons and helmets so it was easy to trek on the glacier. Leah even threw in a little ice ax throwing! I had wanted to see an ice cave more than anything, but they told us at the beginning that they haven't had any for 4 years. Lucky for us the glacier is rapidly changing and we got to go in a newly formed one that probably won't last long. It might not have been a giant ice cave to rapel down, but it was still amazing! Such a beautiful blue. We will never forget this experience. My 15 year old rated this and the Tracy Arm Fjord boat tour as the best parts. Thank you so much for an incredible day!
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2024-07-21 04:50