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Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek

  • 6.5-hour Mendenhall Glacier paddle and trek tour from Juneau
  • Paddle around ice floes and admire dramatic scenery en route to the glacier
  • Embark on a glacier trek and learn about the area’s natural history from an informative guide
Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek
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Experience Mendenhall Glacier by land and water on this 6.5-hour combo-adventure tour from Juneau. First, hop into a canoe at Mendenhall Lake and paddle around luminescent blue icebergs and past cliffs and waterfalls toward Mendenhall Glacier. Step onto the glacier and explore the area with trekking poles. No matter what level of paddling or glacial-trekking experience you have, a guide is there to prepare you for each step of the journey. Look for wildlife sightings and expect personalized attention on this small-group tour limited to 14 people.
What to Expect

Experience the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier and Lake from a series of unparalleled vantage points on Southeast Alaska’s singular multi-sport glacial adventure.

You’ll be picked up from downtown Juneau and transported 20 minutes and a world away, arriving at the edge of Mendenhall Lake- your paddling destination and only the first phase of exploration on this 6.5 hour, family-friendly adventure. After your gear outfitting, orientation and safety briefing, point the bow of your canoe toward the awe-inspiring glacier ahead and paddle with your informative guides on this silt-rich lake with glowing blue icebergs of all shapes and sizes and reflections of the grand peaks of the Coastal Mountain Range. Mendenhall Lake offers the unique experience of paddling near icebergs, arctic tern nesting cliffs, and giant waterfalls all en route to the terminus of the glacier. Don’t forget to look toward the shorelines, mountains and sky for possible wildlife sightings- mountain goats, black bear, porcupine, river otter, beaver, eagles, loons, and arctic terns all inhabit this area.

Upon reaching our beach landing point near the glacier’s edge, the adventure continues as your paddles are traded for backpacks and trekking poles. Leaving your sea legs behind, venture to the glacier’s edge and onto the ice, taking a journey through time as your expert guides share the natural history of the Mendenhall and help you to explore such accessible features such as crevasses, ice caves, moulins, melt water streams, pools, etc.  

After your trek, return to your boats and paddle across the lake once more, allowing the visually stunning experience to wash over you before returning to the lake’s edge. 

Adventurers of all experience levels are invited to join in on this excursion. The guides are happy to outfit and orient you to the paddle and glacier trek experience regardless of past paddling or trekking history. The entire family can join in on this multi-sport journey through an ecological timeline to experience the Mendenhall from land and water. 

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The ephemeral nature of ice caves (glaciers are always moving and changing!) means ABAK can't guarantee you'll get to go in one. I was lucky enough to get to experience one and WOW! what an experience of a lifetime. However, I'd still be giving this...More

Thank Aura234
Reviewed 1 week ago
Once in a Lifetime Experience

If you are trying to figure out what to do on your trip to Juneau. THIS IS IT!!! This was absolutely amazing. Our tour guide Beau was the best. You can tell he loves this job, as he lives this day in and day out....More

Thank Jef W
Liz B, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Jef for your review and recommendation on Facebook! Beau truly loves what he does and showing guests amazing experiences on tour. It is amazing you were able to access an ice cave as we have not been able to find that many this...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing adventure

We took a private tour to kayak to the Mendenhall Glacier and the whole experience is amazing. The tour company is very well equipped and have all the necessary gear for you. You just need to bring yourself and they will provide the rain gears,...More

Thank squirrelflies
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Squirrel Flies! That is very kind of you to say about the staff, we really appreciate it! Excellent advice and insight into the private tour options, they allow you to go at your own pace and spend more time up on the ice...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Max and Dan were amazing guides who kept our group safe and thrilled throughout the tour. They truly went above and beyond to give us exeperiences that were memorable and unique. This was, by far, the best excursion of our 2 week cruise to Alaska....More

Thank Kay H
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Great to hear!! Thank you for the review Kay and so happy to hear it was a memorable day. Safe travels and hope you had a fantastic vacation!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Our Alaska Journey

Even though it was a misty day, the treking on the glacier was amazing. Beau & Wade were our guides and did an awesome job. The glacier is really that blue!More

Thank judd2judd
Liz B, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! I will pass this along to Beau and Wade. The glacier blues really pop out on a overcast, misty days-the gray of the skies help bring out the blues of the glacier! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your Alaskan...More

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Scott C
27 August 2018|
Response from Cait M | Property representative |
Hi Scott - Please check out our website for our Glacier Blue Trek & Climb tour which includes ice climbing and all the amazing other features on our Glacier Trek tour but longer, more adventurous, and includes strapping on... More
17 June 2018|
Response from vknight5 | Reviewed this property |
It truly depends. I thought it was not bad but the trek up the ice was steep with the ice spikes and the pole they gave you. It’s ice so anything could happen even with your spikes so at least we had our protective... More
23 April 2018|
Response from Cait M | Property representative |
Yes that works great!