Private Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike

Juneau, US
Juneau, US
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Embark on an exhilarating Alaskan wilderness hiking adventure with your own private guide on the Private Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike. This tour takes you through the Tongass Rainforest towards the edge of the Mendenhall Glacier, where you'll witness dramatic crevasses and fascinating glacial formations. While it's not safe to walk on the receding glacier, you'll have the opportunity to explore around its edge, marveling at stunning ice formations, tunnels, and tubes that create beautiful blue colors. The tour duration is approximately 480 minutes, starting from the meeting point at the downtown area. After being transported to the West Glacier Trailhead, you'll hike through towering Sitka Spruce and Hemlock, immersing yourself in the largest temperate rainforest in the world. Your guide will then lead you on a tour of the accessible features of the Mendenhall Glacier, including ice caves and glacier blue conduits. Finally, you'll return through the Tongass National Forest and conclude the adventure back downtown. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Alaskan wilderness.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 8 hours
  • Suitable for 1-12 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore along the edge of the Mendenhall Glacier
  • Hike through the Tongass Rainforest
  • View dramatic crevasses and glacial formations
  • Experience the stunning features of the glacier's edge
  • Witness the beautiful blue colors of the ice formations
  • Bottled water
  • Professional, private guide
  • Forest service permits
  • Glacier gear, backpack, rain jacket and pants -- please advise supplier of sizing
  • Hearty snack
  • Gratuities

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Embark on a thrilling adventure through the stunning Tongass National Forest with the Private Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike. As the world's largest temperate rainforest, this enchanting forest is a treasure trove of natural wonders. Your 4-mile journey takes you deep into the heart of this lush paradise, where towering Sitka spruce and hemlock trees create a majestic canopy overhead. Brace yourself for a challenging hike with steep terrain, rock scrambles, and undefined paths, as you make your way towards the breathtaking Mendenhall Glacier.

What to expect?

On this private guided hike, you can expect an unforgettable experience filled with awe-inspiring sights and a deep connection to nature. As you emerge from the dense forest, the imposing Mendenhall Glacier comes into view, its icy expanse stretching out before you. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you along the rocky moraine, allowing you to get up close and personal with this ancient river of ice. Marvel at the glacier's crevasses and the mesmerizing deep blue depths as you explore its ever-changing landscape.

Who is this for?

This private guided hike is perfect for adventure seekers and nature lovers of all ages. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a beginner, the hike can be tailored to your group's needs, ensuring everyone can enjoy the stunning scenery at their own pace. Families, couples, and solo travelers alike will be captivated by the beauty of the Tongass National Forest and the awe-inspiring presence of the Mendenhall Glacier.

Why book this?

By booking the Private Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike, you'll have the opportunity to experience the untamed beauty of the Alaskan wilderness like never before. This adventure offers a unique chance to explore the edge of the glacier, providing front-row views of its ever-changing features. With a private guide by your side, you'll have the flexibility to customize the hike to your preferences, whether you want to go faster, slower, or spend more time soaking in the stunning scenery. This personalized experience ensures that you'll create memories that will last a lifetime.

Good to know

During the hike, you'll be provided with bottled water, and your professional guide will supply you with all the necessary glacier gear, including a backpack, rain jacket, and pants. Please inform the supplier of your sizing requirements in advance. A hearty snack will also be included to keep you energized throughout the adventure. It's important to note that gratuities are not included in the package, so it's customary to tip your guide to show your appreciation for their exceptional service. The meeting point for the hike is conveniently located near the cruise ship docks in downtown Juneau, making it easily accessible for cruise ship passengers and downtown visitors alike.


Customers who have experienced the Private Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike have been overwhelmingly impressed with the breathtaking beauty of the Tongass National Forest and the awe-inspiring presence of the Mendenhall Glacier. They praise the knowledgeable and friendly guides who go above and beyond to ensure a memorable and safe experience. The personalized nature of the tour allows each group to tailor the hike to their preferences, making it suitable for hikers of all levels. Visitors have marveled at the ever-changing landscape of the glacier and the unique opportunity to witness its crevasses and deep blue depths up close. Overall, reviewers highly recommend this tour for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the wild wonders of Alaska's natural landscapes.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • 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 complete, guests will be transported to the West Glacier Trailhead.

West Glacier Trailhead

Hiking to the glacier begins with 4 miles through towering Sitka Spruce and Hemlock in the largest temperate rainforest in the world.

Mendenhall Glacier

Explore this ancient ice age wilderness from the glacier's edge, and marvel at the stunning ice features that create a deep blue tapestry before you. This exploration of the glacial edge offers a glimpse into an ice age wilderness, allowing you to observe captivating ice features such as crevasses, ice fall at the toe of the glacier, and the mysterious deep blue depths of this ancient river of ice.

Admission Included

West Glacier Trailhead

Return 4 mile hike back through the Tongass National Forest

Goldbelt Tram

Drop off back downtown. Thanks for joining!

2024-07-21 05:02