Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike

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Juneau, US
5 (115)
Juneau, US
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Embark on an Alaskan wilderness adventure and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Mendenhall Glacier on a guided hike! Traverse through the Tongass Rainforest, immersing yourself in the largest temperate rainforest in the world, before reaching the final ridge. As you ascend, the jagged face of the glacier comes into view, with its majestic river of ice flowing behind it. Take a moment to capture the breathtaking panoramic views of the glacier, Nugget Falls, and the icebergs on Mendenhall Lake. This exhilarating hike is not for the faint of heart, with a challenging trail including slippery stones and rock scrambles. However, the reward is worth it as you witness the ever-changing landscape of the receding glacier. Join this unforgettable adventure and discover endless excitement along the edge of the glacier!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 6 hours
  • Suitable for 1-12 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Backpack, rain jacket and pants -- please advise supplier of rain gear sizing
  • Roundtrip transportation from designated meeting point
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Hearty snack/bottled water
  • Gratuities

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Experience the Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike, a thrilling 6-7 mile adventure! This hiking tour takes you through the stunning Tongass National Forest, the world's largest temperate rainforest. Led by experienced guides, you'll navigate through the wilderness, passing by beaver ponds and conquering exposed glacial terrain. Get ready for an unforgettable journey as you explore the Mendenhall Glacier and its breathtaking surroundings.

What to Expect?

Embark on a 3-mile trek through the Tongass National Forest, immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. As you venture further, you'll encounter the jagged facade of the Mendenhall Glacier and its ice river. Prepare to be amazed by panoramic views, indulge in hearty snacks, and capture awe-inspiring photos. Witness the glacier's deep blue crevasses, cascading icefall, majestic mountains, and the mesmerizing Nugget Falls. This adventure is not for the faint of heart, requiring exceptional balance and sure-footedness. The trail includes 800 feet of elevation gain, challenging you with rocky, uneven, and slippery terrain. But the effort is worth it, as the journey promises unforgettable views and a sense of accomplishment.

Who is this For?

The Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike is perfect for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts who crave an immersive experience in the great outdoors. Whether you're an experienced hiker or a beginner, this tour caters to a wide range of fitness levels. It's an opportunity to explore the Tongass National Forest and witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Mendenhall Glacier. Nature lovers, photographers, and those seeking a thrilling escapade will find this tour to be an ideal fit.

Why Book This?

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and embark on an adventure like no other. The Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike offers a unique opportunity to explore the world's largest temperate rainforest and witness the grandeur of a glacier up close. With experienced guides leading the way, you can trust that you're in safe hands. Capture breathtaking views, indulge in hearty snacks, and create memories that will last a lifetime. This tour is a chance to challenge yourself physically and mentally, pushing your limits and embracing the raw beauty of the Alaskan wilderness.

Good to Know

Please note that this hiking tour requires exceptional balance and sure-footedness. The trail includes rocky, uneven, and slippery terrain, demanding a moderate level of physical fitness. It's important to come prepared with suitable hiking gear and attire. The tour includes a backpack, rain jacket, and pants, but please inform the supplier of your rain gear sizing in advance. Roundtrip transportation from the designated meeting point is provided for your convenience. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the awe-inspiring sights along the way.


Customers who have embarked on the Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike have raved about their experiences. They praised the expertise of the guides, the stunning views of the glacier, and the sense of accomplishment at the end of the journey. Reviews consistently highlight the beauty of the Tongass National Forest and the unique opportunity to explore the Mendenhall Glacier. Overall, customers were highly satisfied with the performance of the tour and highly recommend it to fellow adventure seekers.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

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Mendenhall Glacier



5 (115)


Fantast Experience! Josh our tour guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable and clearly passionate on the local wildlife and glacier, making it an absolutely fabulous experience. It does get quite windy and cold once you’re near the glacier so do bring gloves and beanies. We were provided with gear (pants, jackets and boots) as well as snacks which you’ll need after working out to spectacular views.

Jeff C

I hiked up to see Mendenhall with Josh and Bella as guides. We had an awesome time hiking up to the glacier and saw a deep blue patch where a piece had recently broke off. Bella and Josh were a wealth of knowledge as tour guides. They are fantastic people and tour guides!


We had such a memorable experience and our tour guide Halle was amazing. The tour provides some hiking gear that is very helpful. Be prepared for beautiful views, and a challenging hike that includes some scrambles, and switchbacks. The snacks provided were so good too. We had a great time and can’t wait to visit again soon.


I wish I was writing a review of the great time we had on the Mendenhall Glacier hike. Instead, because Princess let us get onto a broken down boat that had no chance of making the published itinerary, I’m writing a review of the great customer service we received from Above and Beyond AK. Although our Captain couldn’t tell us what time we were getting to Juneau apparently they could communicate to the tour operators. On the afternoon before our arrival we got a text and email from ABAK saying they had been informed our arrival would be too late for the tour and they were canceling and refunding our tour. We had booked directly through ABAK and had been concerned that getting a refund would be an issue. Fortunately for us, ABAK is an honest and forthright company. I hope we’ll be able to make it back to Juneau someday and will definitely book with ABAK.

Lois S

Kayley was a wonder guide. She went out of her way to help those who needed help. I was one of them. On the hard parts for me, she was right there guiding my foot placement and coaching me with kind, loving words. Thank you kayley.!!!


We had a fabulous day hiking in the rain with Ben. I wasn't sure how the day was going to go since it was raining, but that didn't stop us! We hiked over gorgeous terrain and Ben was patient and fun with our 2 kids. The sky ended up clearing right when we arrived at the glacier so we got beautiful views both foggy and and sunny. As it states, you can't actually touch the glacier, its now separated by a small lake from the land.. so dont expect to touch or get on it in any way. I knew that, but I did not understand that there is actually no access to the glacier at all. The pictures of all that blue glacier are from previous years. That being said, it was an awesome day and one we will not soon forget! Highly rec doing the private group tour! It was awesome for our family!

mark t

We had an Amazing hike with Hailey! She took us up to the glacier, and gave us great context about the local flora and geology! Additionally the ABAK company thinks of everything, from good quality gear and quality snacks and water!

Christie T

Not sure there are enough words to adequately capture what a spectacular day my family just had on this trek! We had THE most amazing day with our tour guide Hailey who expertly and enthusiastically led us on a day long hike to the glacier and back. Our kids ages 19, 17 and 13 all LOVED the trip too. We are active travelers and regularly hike. This hike is definitely not an easy one but ABAK makes it manageable with the right gear and the BEST snack pack that more than fuels you for the day. We are SO glad we did this hike while in Juneau!

Rosalyn D

This was by far our favorite tour of the whole trip. Leah was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable, personable and made our experience unforgettable. This tour does require a decent level of physical fitness and we would caution anyone to make sure their endurance is up to the task. Only disappointment is that we could no longer get to the glacier due to the accelerated retreat but even that didn't detract from the overall enjoyment of this hike.


This was one of my favorite adventures in Alaska, such a great experience being out in nature. Mila was absolutely amazing, she knew so much about the wildlife and the history of the Mendenhall Glacier. Felt completely at ease with her. Highly recommend if you want to experience the great outdoors and see a beautiful hike!
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