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Itinerary
The Mendenhall Glacier trek and climb is suitable for most ages and abilities, but you need to be in shape: the trek lasts up to 6.5 hours, and covers about 8 miles (12.8 km) total. You’ll wear a backpack weighing up to 15 pounds (7 kg) that is equipped with mountaineering gear, snacks, water, and any extra clothing you bring. Professional guides will be present the entire journey to make sure you remain safe and enjoy your time exploring the glacier.

The day begins with pickup from your Juneau hotel or the port. When you arrive at the trailhead for the Mendenhall Glacier, follow your guides on a 3.5-mile (6-km) trail through the rain forest along Mendenhall Lake. While the first mile is on a well-maintained path with a few switchbacks, the rest of the trail involves hiking on bedrock and rock scrambling in steep areas.

When you reach the glacier, you’ll be outfitted in trekking gear and receive a safety briefing. You’ll use crampons to make your way across glacial terrain that overlooks Mendenhall Lake. It may be the most physically challenging part of the hike, but it’s an unforgettable experience. Climb down to explore ice caves, and soak up great views of crevasses, streams, and other breathtaking glacial formations.

Afterward, head back down the trail and enjoy a relaxing ride back to your drop-off location.
Locations visited
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Above & Beyond Alaska
Overview
Go deep in the Alaskan wilderness on this Mendenhall Glacier trek. Professional guides help you navigate challenging terrain during an 8-mile (13-km) hike that rewards you with incredible views of Mendenhall Lake, rain forest, and otherworldly glacial formations. All adventurous types are welcome on this unique experience, limited to 12 people, but hikers need to be in shape. A highlight: The chance to explore ice caves and surrounding features created by ice flow.
Highlights
  • Trekking adventure on Mendenhall Glacier
  • Visit and learn about various habitats including rainforest and rocky terrain
  • Hike around ice caves, streams and crevasses
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is included
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The most amazing experience of my life.

There are no words to express how exciting, beautiful, and surreal this trek was. Our guide, Matt Berry, was excellent. He was knowledgeable, capable, and made sure our trip was exciting, informative and safe. We felt we were in the best of hands. It's so...More

Thank Pam B
Reviewed 2 days ago
Outstanding experience! The highlight of our Alaska cruise!

Our family of 5 booked a private excursion for the full day glacier trek. Blake was our guide and was absolutely fantastic. Blake was knowledgeable, engaging and connected with our three teenagers; 16, 15 and 13. The trail to the glacier was very beautiful. Blake...More

Thank Hayden Y
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Great to hear Hayden! Thank you from Blake and the whole ABAK Team! We really appreciate you joining us and it sounds like the Private Glacier Trek was the perfect choice for you and your family. Safe travels and please come visit again soon!

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Glacier trek

Had a blast on this trip! Danny, Blake and Max did a great job guiding us to and from the glacier. Also, the snacks were amazing!

Thank Carter D
Liz B, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you Carter for your review! I will pass this along to Danny, Blake, and Max; they will be excited! Glad to hear you enjoyed the snacks as well; our snackologist does a lot of work to pick out the perfect snacks. Come back anytime!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Mendenhall Glacier Hike

My husband and I found this the most grueling and rewarding hike we ever had. Nic was a fantastic guide, leader with great knowledge and utmost concern for our safety. Madison was full of energy and awesome while we had her with the group. Walking...More

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

Thank you Lee Ann and Parv! We really appreciate you taking the chance and joining us! The hike is absolutely worth it! Excellent advice - you should JUST DO IT! :) Safe travels and please come visit again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
An amazing and unique experience

Had a great time on the Mendenhall Glacier Trek. Katie is a fantastic guide! Loved the varied hiking terrain and then strapping on the crampons and going on the glacier. Even got into an ice cave. Sad to see Mendenhall receding so rapidly so we're...More

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

Thank you for joining us! We love hearing about your experience and I will be sure to pass that along to Katie as well. It is sad to see the glacier recede but we feel very thankful for the opportunity to share it with others....More

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