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Mendenhall Glacier Trek

Price: $266.00
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Hike along Mendenhall Glacier on this Juneau cruise tour

Trace the path of glacial succession and the natural history of the Mendenhall Glacier as you trek across it on this Juneau day trip.

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 2 hour hike over a 4.5 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 forests with a few switchbacks, while the second half of the trail is uneven and includes areas of mud, slippery bedrock, loose gravel, rock scrambling, and multiple short, steep, up and downhill sections. The elevation gain is more than 350 feet.

Once you reach the terminus of the glacier, you will be outfitted in trekking gear. Guides will instruct you step by step on how to trek in crampons on glacial terrain. This Juneau trip features close-up views of the many different features of a glacier. These MAY include ice caves, streams, crevasses and other unique glacial formations. As a glacier is a constantly changing landscape, the actual sights seen during your trek will be finalized the day of the trek, and will be based on weather, glacial condition, and guest safety. The amount of time on the glacier is dependent on the tour group's pace and Alaska weather conditions for the day.

Towards the end of the excursion, you will then return to the starting point along the same trail you hiked at the beginning.

Please Note: You must be in good shape and able to hike for 6 to 6.5 hours, covering about 9 miles round trip in a challenging environment (please see hike description above). It is important to have sturdy shoes or boots that provide good ankle support while hiking on the rocky terrain. Guests showing up with inadequate footwear will be denied participation and will not be entitled to a refund.

All participants will need to hike with a provided backpack the entire way on this trip. The backpack weighs approximately 10 to 15 pounds and holds mountaineering gear, snacks, water, and extra clothing that 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.

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Shore Excursion Duration
8 Hours
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Shore Excursion Leaves From
Adjacent to the Mount Roberts Tram Station. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
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 with a good coat. Guests should also bring gloves and a hat. Sunglasses are highly recommended for glare off the ice. Sensible hiking shoes or boots, not sneakers, and comfortable hiking pants are recommended. It is important to have sturdy shoes or boots that provide good ankle support while hiking on the rocky terrain. Guests showing up with inadequate footwear will be denied participation and will not be entitled to a refund.
A minimum of 2 guests are required to operate. Guests must be physically fit, and children must be at least 10 years of age and accompanied by an adult. The smallest size shoe a crampon will fit is size 2. Due to the inherent risks involved, parents may not carry their infants or toddlers, and women at any stage of pregnancy may not participate in this trek. Sturdy shoes or boots that provide good ankle support are required. We strongly recommend you do not book another tour for at least one hour after this tour concludes. All participants must sign a waiver form at the start of the trip.
5 Stars5Based On 11 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsThis glacier hike was remarkable.July 01, 2017

Reviewer: Chris & Jeanene
Our guides were wonderful. We were looking for an excursion that was rigorous and this one met the bill. From the moment the guides picked us up they were fun, informative, and always safety conscious. We saw beautiful sights, walked thru icecaves, walked on the glacier and into crevasses. This activity surpassed our expectations. I would highly recommend it.

5 StarsSuper Cool!August 26, 2016

Reviewer: Katharine Vance
My husband and I really enjoyed hiking in the rain forest and then out on the glacier! The hike included navigating over large boulders and lots of elevation change, so if that kind of thing isn't fun for you, you may want to avoid this excursion (we had a lady on our trip who complained the whole way). Hiking on the glacier was really interesting! Our guide, Jacob, was very knowledgeable and fun!

5 StarsEpic!September 23, 2014

Reviewer: Nicki Branch, 56 yr old mom
Went on this trek with my 18 yr old son in September 2014. It was pretty strenuous, but epic adventure. Not for the faint of heart, the uphill rock climb is challenging. Great guides who took care of each climber. The ice cave was definitely worth it though. My son said best trip ever. Gnarly, epic, gorgeous views, glacier travel on crampons, scrambling up scree after the awesome ice cave experience and long trek back. Be in shape for this 9 mile trek and you won't regret it.

5 StarsA Once in a Lifetime ExperienceSeptember 07, 2014

Reviewer: Joyce
This excursion was more than I expected in many respects. By far, it was the most challenging hike I have ever taken, as well as one of the most unique and beautiful hikes. The trek provided an intimate glimpse of the beautiful Alaskan landscape. The guides (Sam and Annie) were fantastic and safety-oriented. For those considering this excursion, be aware that it is a long (6.5+ hrs), challenging hike (over terrane that is occasionally steep, frequently uneven), requires endurance (especially on the return trip from the glacier back to the van) and strength (to carry pack and continuously trek over steep inclines and rough terrane). Wear comfortable (broken-in) water-proof hiking boots, dress in layers (at some points of the hike you will be down to one layer; at the glacier you will have all layers on). If you are not physically fit, this excursion will be very challenging.

5 StarsI would buy this product again and againSeptember 02, 2014

Reviewer: argus1986
This was an excellent challenging hike with excellent very knowledgeable guides.

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