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Mendenhall Glacier Trek
Juneau | USA |
Price: $257.00
Special Instructions: Mendenhall Glacier Trek
Custom Field 4: USD
Custom Field 5: 2/1/18 JR - QCed and unhid.

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Tour Details

After departing the pier, you will be driven for approximately 30 minutes to the Mendenhall Valley and the trailhead. After a 30-minute check-in and gear orientation, you will begin an approximately 3-hour hike over a 4-mile trail. The hike is mostly uphill, through the rainforest along Mendenhall Lake. The first mile of the trail is well-maintained and goes through the forest with a few switchbacks. The second half of the trail is uneven and may include areas of mud, slippery bedrock, loose gravel, rock scrambling, and multiple short but steep up and downhill sections. The vertical elevation gain's about 800 feet. It's all worth it when you climb the final ridge to find the jagged face of the glacier bursting into view with its river of ice coursing behind it.

Once you reach the terminus, you'll encounter close-up views of the many different features of the glacier. This may include streams, crevasses, and unique glacial formations. Glaciers are ever-changing landscapes. The scheduled sights will be confirmed on the day of the tour. The sights are confirmed based on weather conditions, glacial conditions, and the safety of our guests. The Mendenhall Glacier is receding at a fast pace and due to this, we are seeing drastic changes to the surface of the glacier. For this reason, it is not safe to walk on the glacier. The amount of time at the glacier is dependent on the pace of the group and weather conditions.

Towards the end of the trek, you will return to the starting point of the trail.

Please Note: Guests must be in good shape and able to hike approximately 9 miles round trip for 6 to 6.5 hours in a challenging environment. It's important to wear sensible hiking shoes or boots, not sneakers, that provide good ankle support for trekking on rocky terrain. Persons sporting inadequate footwear will be denied participation and will not be entitled to a refund.

On this tour, all participants will need to trek with a provided backpack the entire way. The backpack weighs approximately 10 pounds and will hold mountaineering gear, snacks, water, and extra clothing you may wish to bring.

Any guests who cannot keep up with the pace of the rest of the group, or feel they cannot go on with the hike, must hire another guide to assist them back down the trail. The additional cost for this service is $250 US per person and must be paid when you finish the hike back down. Guests preferring a slower pace, or who feel they may not be able to keep up with the group, may wish to book the Private Glacier Trek Hiking tour.

Tour Size
Tour Type
Tour Duration
8 Hours
Tour Departs From
Adjacent to the Mount Roberts Tram Station. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Activity Level
Food/Beverage Provided
A hearty, healthy snack and bottled water are included.
Recommended Dress
As you will be visiting a river of ice, dress in layers of good coating. Sunglasses are highly recommended. Gloves and hats are recommended. Comfortable hiking pants are recommended. Sensible hiking shoes or boots, not sneakers, are recommended. It's important to have sturdy footwear that provides good ankle support for hiking on rocky terrain. Guests showing up with inadequate footwear will be denied participation and will not be entitled to a refund.
Guests must be physically fit, and able to climb over rocks and slippery surfaces. Guests must have no major mobility issues. Guests must disclose information regarding the history of pertinent medical conditions, such as allergies or any type of restriction or limitation, that may introduce a challenge on this trip. Children must be at least 10 years of age, able to hike 9 miles roundtrip on their own, and accompanied by an adult. Due to the inherent risks involved, parents may not carry their infants or toddlers. Women at any stage of pregnancy may not participate in this trek. Sensible hiking shoes or boots, not sneakers, are required. We strongly recommend you do not book another tour within an hour after this tour concludes. All participants must sign a waiver form at the start of the trip.

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