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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Canoe, Paddle, and Trek

From US$366.45
Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Canoe, Paddle, and Trek
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Mendenhall Glacier and Lake is the Juneau area's premiere wilderness destination for its beauty, scale, and ease of access. This 6.5-hour tour takes you right up to the glacier, past Nugget Falls, and over Mendenhall Lake, combining paddling, ice trekking, and hiking for a full-day's worth of wilderness adventure suitable for the whole family. This tour is available as a shore-excursion for cruise passengers.
What to Expect

Experience the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier and Lake from a series of unparalleled vantage points on Southeast Alaska's singular multi-sport glacial adventure.

You will be picked up from downtown Juneau and transported 20 minutes and a world away, arriving at the edge of Mendenhall Lake — your paddling destination and the first phase of exploration on this 6.5-hour, family-friendly adventure. After your gear outfitting, orientation, and safety briefing, point the bow of your canoe toward the awe-inspiring glacier ahead and paddle with your informative guides on this silt-rich lake. As you paddle, take in the views of glowing blue icebergs of all shapes and sizes and reflections of the grand peaks of the Coastal Mountain Range.

Mendenhall Lake offers the unique experience of paddling near icebergs, arctic tern nesting cliffs, and giant waterfalls, all en route to the terminus of the glacier. Don't forget to look toward the shorelines, mountains, and sky for possible wildlife sightings such as mountain goats, black bears, porcupines, river otters, beavers, eagles, loons, and arctic terns, which all inhabit this area.

Upon reaching our beach landing point near the glacier's edge, the adventure continues as you trade your paddles for backpacks and trekking poles. Leaving your sea legs behind, venture to the glacier's edge and onto the ice, taking a journey through time as your expert guides share the natural history of the Mendenhall and help you to explore such accessible features such as crevasses, ice caves, melt water streams, pools, and more.

After your trek, return to your boats and paddle across the lake once more, allowing the visually stunning experience to wash over you before returning to the lake's edge.

Adventurers of all experience levels are invited to join in on this excursion. The guides are happy to outfit and orient you to the paddle and glacier trek experience regardless of past paddling or trekking history. The entire family can join in on this multi-sport journey through an ecological timeline to experience the Mendenhall from land and water.

Reviews (25)
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Reviewed 20 September 2018
Hard work, but great guides and beautiful scenery

My parents (72 and 71) and I (38) went on this day trip. While we are all fit and healthy, this was still a lot of work. Honestly, the rowing is harder than anything else. It's a LONG ride. The set up for this entire...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Leslie H
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Hi Leslie - Thank you for your feedback! It sounds like overall you had a great trip but the canoe paddling was a bit tough. Totally understandable, it does take a bit of effort but sounds like it was worth it to get to the...More

Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile
Beautiful day for a paddle and trek.

Just spent the day on an amazing combo tour. First set out on canoe across Mendenhall lake. These was not a short paddle. It was probably an hour out. We then set out on a hike across the glacier. Highlight was the ice cave we...More

Thank jesterandboys
Liz B, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Thank you for your review! That is amazing that you were able to access a cave. They are considered a feature of the glacier and come and go as the glacier changes. This year we have not seen that many so it is great to...More

Reviewed 3 September 2018
Unique expreience provided by fun guides.

Ben, Beau, and Elliott were great guides and worked well together. They were able to establish a bond among the group very quickly. Beau was very encouraging and confident building in his instructions. Also, he packs a great snack, but it doesn't really matter what...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Valarie N
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Yay Valarie! Thank you for your review! So great to hear you had a good time with the guys. They are alot of fun! And we are all asking Elliott about his ice cream preferences now. :) Please come visit again and we would love...More

Reviewed 1 September 2018
Best Excursion Of Our Trip

Great excursion with Above and Beyond Alaska. Many thanks to Matt and Blake for a great and informative trip to The Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. We went on many excursions on our trip to Alaska. This was the best and the one we will do...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ssadler716
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018

Yay! This is great to hear! Thank you for sharing and please do come visit again soon. Safe travels!

Reviewed 30 August 2018
Shore exursion review of Mendenhall Glacier Trek

What can I say, the best tour my wife and I have ever taken. When you think of Alaska, this is the tour you must take. It is not for everyone. You paddle 2.5 miles to get to the Glacier and then you get to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Bill C
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018

Thank you Bill and Connie!! You were absolutely wonderful people to work with and the exact clients we love to take out for an adventure. It is an all day active adventure, so you are right, it can be tiring for people at the end...More

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