Spend your time in Juneau on an Alaskan wilderness hiking adventure as you are introduced to glacier trekking on Mendenhall Glacier! This exhilarating shore excursion will show you a stunning piece of Alaskan nature as you hike through the Tongass Rainforest towards the glacier. Then explore the glacier on foot where you could see ice caves, dramatic crevasses, and fascinating glacial formations.
This Juneau shore excursion will impress everyone back on your cruise ship – you’ll regale your fellow passengers with tales of your Alaskan glacier adventure for the rest of your trip. The trip begins with a 4 mile (6km) trail hike 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 next 3 miles (4km) of the trail is hiking on bedrock with rock scrambling in some steep sections. This rocky terrain is challenging and off the beaten path. Once reaching the glacier, you will be outfitted in trekking gear. With the use of traction devices, enjoy trekking on moderate glacial terrain overlooking Mendenhall Lake. This trip could feature close-up views of ice caves, streams, crevasses and other unique glacial formations! Everyday is different as the glacier is in constant flux and change. Professional expert guides will provide training to ensure a safe and fun adventure on Mendenhall Glacier. The Mendenhall Glacier Trek and Climb caters to all ages and abilities, however, clients must be in good enough shape to hike for up to 6-6.5-hours, covering about 9 miles (13.8km) roundtrip. The hike to the glacier is challenging and hiking with a backpack is required. The backpack is provided, weighs approximately 10-15 pounds and holds mountaineering gear, snacks/water, and any extra clothing that you would like to bring. Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Juneau for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.