Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike

Love Hiking? This one is for you!

Day Trip


Rainforest hiking, glacier edge exploration

From $199 per person + tax


Meet at "C" Sign by the Mount Roberts Tramway

Experience The Trip

Experience the Mendenhall Glacier Guide Hike, a thrilling 6-7 mile adventure! Your journey begins with a 3-mile trek through the Tongass National Forest, the world’s largest temperate rainforest, enveloped in majestic Sitka spruce and hemlock trees. Your experienced guide will lead you through this lush wilderness, winding past beaver ponds and scrambling up exposed bedrock, where the trail fades into the wild.

Upon emerging from the forest and reaching the final ridge, you’ll be greeted by the breathtaking sight of the Mendenhall Glacier’s jagged facade and its majestic ice river. Here, we pause to savor panoramic views of the glacier, indulge in hearty snacks, and capture awe-inspiring photos. As you gaze upon the glacier, admire the deep blue crevasses and cascading icefall at its base. This captivating vista not only encompasses the glacier but also the surrounding mountains and the mighty Nugget Falls. 

Overlooking a Glacier

This invigorating Juneau wilderness hiking tour is not for the faint of heart; it demands exceptional balance and sure-footedness. The trail includes 800 feet of elevation gain, through rocky, uneven, and slippery terrain. It’s a memorable journey that promises unforgettable natural wonders. If you require a fast or slower pace, or would like to get closer to the glacier, please consider booking the Privately Guided  Mendenhall Glacier Hike.

The Trip Itinerary

6 Hour Trip

30 minutes

Pick up from Downtown Juneau

Van transportation to ABAK

15 minutes

Gear Outfitting and Orientation

Get to know your guide and gear!
Questions about the gear sizing?

2 hours

Hike approximately 3.5 miles to the Glacier Viewpoint

A fun jaunt through temperate rainforest via the West Glacier Trail

30 mins

Viewpoint – photography and snacks

Enjoy the panoramic views of the Mendenhall Glacier!

2 hours

Return Hike to the Trailhead

Don’t worry, it’s mostly downhill!

45 minutes

De-gear and Return Van Transport

Practical Info

Client Pickup Information

Located at the base of the Mt. Roberts Tramway, the “C”-Sign is ABAK’s primary downtown meeting location for cruise passengers and clients staying in the downtown Juneau area.

Clients arriving at AJ Dock:

Clients who dock at the AJ Dock within 30 minutes of the ABAK pick-up time will be picked up directly from AJ DOCK.

Clients Staying Locally:

Clients can be picked up from any major hotel in the Mendenhall Valley.  

Clients staying at major hotels in the Downtown area will meet at our Downtown meeting location.

ABAK is unable to provide pick-up in residential neighborhoods. Clients staying at private residences, Air BnB’s, VRBO’s, or have own transportation please contact our office for meeting location information at 907-364-2333 or  

downtown juneau dock c
This is the "C" sign. Right by the tram.


From $199.00

Group Size: Minimum of 4, Maximum of 12

Minimum Age: 10

Clients must be able to hike for at least 4 hours/7 miles round-trip on steep, rocky, slippery, uneven terrain carrying a 10 lb backpack, and provide their own hiking boots with adequate ankle support.

Private Trip for your Group?

We can accomodate your private group.

Get one on one time with our expert guides.

Private Group Size: Minimum of 2, Maximum of 12

Duration: 6-8 hours

Minimum Age:  8 years old

Included In The Price

  • Professional guides
  • Roundtrip van transport
  • US Forest Service permits
  • Rain gear (hooded jacket and pants) and backpack
  • Hearty, healthy snack
  • Souvenir water bottle (we strongly encourage you bring a reusable water bottle to help minimize waste) 
  • All safety gear including trekking poles if needed.

Not Included In Price

  • Boots! Clients must provide their own hiking boots for this trip.
  • Hot shower at the end of the day, but you can book your unique stay here.
  • Professional Photography
  • Gratuity for your guide: If you feel that your guide went Above and Beyond to facilitate an exceptional experience, a gratuity is a welcomed way to show your appreciation.

Departure Times: Please click on the Book Your Trip tab to find updated departures times.

Dates of Operation: May 1st – September 30th, 2024

Group Size: Minimum of 4, Maximum of 12

Minimum Age: 10 years old. Families with children under 10 need to book a privately guided trip, for which the minimum age is 8. We do not permit clients to carry their infants/toddlers due to safety concerns.

Activity Level: Challenging & Strenuous – Participants need to be in good physical shape and able to climb over rocks, slippery surfaces, and have no major mobility issues. No hiking experience necessary.

Documentation Needed

  • Name of each client
  • Cell phone contact number of client
  • Desired trip date and departure time
  • Name of cruise ship or hotel
  • Clients’ ages, especially anyone under the age of 18
  • Rain gear sizing (please specify male or female)
  • Any pertinent medical issues, allergies or dietary restrictions
  • Primary language spoken, if other than English
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