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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Trek

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    What to Expect
    Getting a little stir-crazy from being on the ship? Stretch your legs on vast, rugged terrain on this day-hike shore excursion into Mendenhall Glacier. The Mendenhall Glacier trek and climb is suitable for most ages and abilities, however, you should be in good enough shape to hike for up to 6 to 6.5 hours, covering about 8 miles (12.8 km) round-trip. You’ll be wearing a backpack, weighing about 10 to 15 pounds with mountaineering gear, snacks/water, and any extra clothing that you’d like to bring.

    Your Alaskan glacier adventure begins on a 3.5 mile (5.6 km) trail through the rainforest along Mendenhall Lake. This rocky terrain is challenging and not for the fainthearted. While the first mile is easy enough, on a well-maintained path with a few switchbacks, for the rest of the trail you’ll be hiking on bedrock in steep areas.

    When you arrive at Mendenhall Glacier, you’ll be outfitted in trekking gear. Professional guides will provide a safety briefing and make sure you remain safe and enjoy your time adventure on the glacier. With the help of crampons, trek across moderate glacial terrain that overlooks Mendenhall Lake. Your route gets you great views of crevasses, streams, ice caves and other beautiful glacial formations.
With plenty of gorgeous pictures taken, enjoy transport back to port.

    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    For cruise ship passengers and clients staying in the downtown area, the centralized meeting location is the “C” Sign located between Taku Smokeries (Green Building) and the Mt. Roberts Tramway. (Please have clients look for a person holding a sign with “Above & Beyond Alaska”.)
    *Clients staying at major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley may be picked up directly from their hotel.
    *Clients off cruise ships docking at the AJ Dock with 30 minutes or less between their ship’s arrival time and trip departure time will be picked up directly from the AJ Dock.
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide
    • Port pickup and drop off
    • Hearty snack
    • Mountaineering gear, backpack, rain jacket and pants -- please advise supplier of sizing
    • Roundtrip transportation from designated meeting point
    • National Park fees
    • Bottled water
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
    • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • You must include the following in the comments section when booking: raingear & shoe sizes for each passenger, (for adult men and women, S-XXL and youth, S-L) and any pertinent medical information
    • This small group adventure has a minimum of 2 and maximum of 12 participants
    • Minimum age is 10 years
    • WAIVER FORM: Every participant on the trip must sign a waiver form at the start of the trip. Alterations and/or deletions to the waiver is not permitted
    • Clients must be in good enough shape and conditioned to hike for up to 6-6.5 hours, covering about 8 miles roundtrip. The hike is challenging and clients need to bring sturdy hiking boots that provide good ankle support while hiking on rocky terrain. All clients will need to hike with a backpack the entire way on this trip. The backpack (provided) weighs approximately 10-15 pounds and holds mountaineering gear, snacks/water, etc.
    • Visiting specific features such as ice caves, moulins, etc. cannot be guaranteed due to the constantly changing nature of the Mendenhall glacier. Your guide will assess the hazards the day of the trip and determine if a particular area is safe enough to trek upon or enter
    • Hiking boots with with good stability and traction
    • Comfortable hiking pants
    • Warm sweater or fleece pullover
    • Warm hat
    • Fleece gloves
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Great hike, beautiful country and the Glacier exploration was awesome! Jacob our tour guide was very knowledgable about the glacier and took us to several awesome places while on the glacier. Great experience and our group of 6 had a fantastic time.
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    Response from Caitlin M, Manager at Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Trek
    Responded 29 Aug 2019
    Awesome to hear! Thanks for sharing and for joining us!
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    The Mendenhall glacier hike was fantastic and a unique experience. Our guide, Mike was fantastic. We hiked for about 3 hours from the trail head (1910 ice level) to the current location of the Mendenhall glacier. The moraine terrain was slippery because it was raining and Mike
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    Response from Caitlin M, Manager at Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Trek
    Responded 29 Aug 2019
    Thank you for such a detailed and accurate review! You're correct, the moraine terrain is often slippery, especially after it rains, so we try to go over that as slowly as possible. I hope that your son joins us for an ice climbing adventure the next time you visit Juneau, we would love to have him out!
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    We loved this excursion! Our guides were Cory and Mike and they kept us safe and looked out for our needs the whole time. We are 27 and 30 but this was our first big hike so sometimes we were a bit behind the group. The hike itself is gorgeous, but steep at points. It was safe
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    Response from Caitlin M, Manager at Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Trek
    Responded 21 Aug 2019
    This is so GREAT to hear!! "We felt like we were experiencing the real Alaska." is exactly what our hope and goal is for every tour. Thank you for joining us and please come visit again soon!
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    I can't recommend this trip enough. Corey and Mike were amazing and had far more confidence in my abilities than I do! We spent ages on the glacier. An incredibly rewarding experience and the highlight of my holiday.
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    Response from Caitlin M, Manager at Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Trek
    Responded 21 Aug 2019
    Thank you for sharing! This is great to hear!!
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    The 2-3 hour hike (each way) to the glacier includes some steep and rocky sections. You want to be reasonable fit and able to scramble on rocks to do this activity. But the glacier visit was totally worth the effort. Our guides were enthusiastic and informative. They did a
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    Response from Caitlin M, Manager at Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Trek
    Responded 8 Aug 2019
    Great to hear! Thank you for sharing this feedback. Have a wonderful vacation!
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