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Juneau Tour: Mendenhall Glacier Trek
Juneau Shore Excursion


 



This 9 Hour Private Shore Excursion Includes:
  • Meeting at the Port in Juneau
  • Private Licensed Naturalist-Guide
  • All necessary equipment and gear including backpacks
  • Rain Jackets and Pants
  • Hearty, Healthy Snacks including Bottled Water
Please see: special notes at the end of the tour description.

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Tour Number:
UJUNE-06

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2 People - $580 Per Person (Private Tour)
3 People - $386 Per Person (Private Tour)
4 People - $386 Per Person (Private Tour)
5 People - $386 Per Person (Private Tour)
6 People - $386 Per Person (Private Tour)
7 People - $352 Per Person (Private Tour)
8 People - $352 Per Person (Private Tour)
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TOUR DESCRIPTION
 

Juneau Shore Excursion

This Juneau shore trip includes 5.5 hours of hiking through an ecological timeline and then approximately 2 hours of Glacier Ice Trekking on the mighty Mendenhall. This is an excellent option for outdoor / hiking enthusiasts.

After meeting your driver at the pier you drive to the West Glacier Trailhead in the Mendenhall Valley. At the trailhead you will be outfitted with a backpack that includes all of your necessary glacier gear before embarking on a 4.5 mile hike through the temperate rainforest along Mendenhall Lake. The first mile of the trail is well maintained and relatively flat with the exception of a short uphill switchback section while the next 3.5 miles are unmaintained strenuous trail. This strenuous trail is uneven and includes areas of mud, slippery bedrock, loose gravel, rock scrambling, and multiple short, steep up and downhill sections.

Once you reach the glacier, your guide will help you put on your glacier gear and locate the safest access point to the ice. Following a short safety briefing, your group will spend approximately two hours on the ice (dependent on group's hiking pace and weather) exploring accessible features such as crevasses, ice caves, moulins, melt water streams, pools, etc. After glacier play time is over you will repack your backpack and head back to the trailhead. Make sure you save energy for the hike back!

Late this afternoon your driver will bring you back to the pier.


Dates of Operation: May 1 - September 30
Walking: Strenuous
Mobility: NO wheelchairs
Recommended Clothing: Sturdy Hiking Boots with ankle support, layered clothing
Weather: This tour operates rain or shine
Ability: You must be in good shape and able to hike 6.5 hours, covering about 9 miles while carrying a backpack weighing about 10 pounds. Minimum age is 8 years old. Pregnant women are not permitted due to risks. No Glacier trekking experience is needed but you must be in good physical shape.
Waiver: All participants will be required to signed a waiver prior to starting the trip, including any medical conditions. A $250 per person rescue fee will be charged is a rescue is needed due to your phsyical inability to complete the trek.

Please contact us with any questions or to receive a customized quote for your upcoming Juneau shore excursion.
Shore Trip Timing - The shore excursion times are approximate based on your interests and traffic conditions.
  • Transportation from ship to Mendenhall Glacier: 30 Minutes
  • Gear Orientation / outfitting: 30 Minutes
  • Trial Hike to Glacier: 2 Hours and 45 Minutes
  • Glacier Trekking and exploration / possible ice climbing: 2 Hours
  • Return Trail Hike: 2 Hours and 45 Minutes
  • Transportation from Mendenhall Glacier to ship: 30 minutes