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Mendenhall Glacier Trek

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For the hearty and experienced hiker, come along for glacier trekking on the Mendenhall Glacier!

Mendenhall Glacier Trek on Juneau Day Trip Hike

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 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 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 vertical elevation gain is about 800 feet. It is all worth it when you climb the final ridge, and the jagged face of the glacier bursts into view with its river of ice coursing behind it.

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 Mendenhall glacier trek, you will 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 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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from $257.00 (USD)
Per Person
 
Tour Type
Group
 
Group Size
Small
 
Activity Type(s)
Active
 
Tour Duration
8 Hours
 
Activity Level
Difficult
 
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 5 to 25 minute walk, or an approximately 5 minute shuttle ride (not included, approximately $5 US per person) is required to reach your departure location.
 
Food/Beverage Provided
A hearty, healthy snack and bottled water are included.
 
Special Instructions
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.
 
Restrictions
Guests must be physically fit and able to climb over rocks, slippery surfaces, and have no major mobility issues. Guests must disclose information regarding pertinent medical conditions, history, allergies, or any type of restriction or limitation that may introduce a higher degree of challenge on this trip. 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. The largest shoe size we can accommodate is men's size 14. 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. 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.
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