Mendenhall Glacier Trek

Love Hiking? This one is for you!

Day Trip

Hiking, Glacier Trekking

Glacier trekking, rainforest hiking, big views

$239 per person + tax


Meet at Main Office for tour transport

Experience The Trip

The Mendenhall Glacier Tour begins with a 4-mile hike through the Tongass National Forest – the largest temperate rainforest in the world, dominated by towering Sitka Spruce and Hemlock Trees. As you follow your guide through the dense vegetation, around beaver ponds, and up rock scrambles, the wilderness trail becomes less defined.

This hiking tour is strenuous and requires excellent balance and sure-footedness.  While total elevation gain is only 800 feet, the terrain is steep, uneven, slippery, and rocky. We’ll cover 4 miles, each way, in approximately 2-2.5 hours – if you require a faster or slower place, please consider booking the Privately Guided Mendenhall Glacier Trek.

Mendenhall Glacier hike video

As you emerge from the forest and approach the final ridge, the jagged face of the glacier bursts into view, it’s river of ice coursing behind it. We’ll strap on micro-spikes at the toe of glacier and embark on a guided trek to explore an array of glacial features. These features may include moulins, crevasses, and ice caves, if available. Because the glacier is in a state of constant change, not all features may be present or accessible. Every day is different on the ice!

After an adventure on the glacier, we’ll hike back on the West Glacier Trail and provide transportation back to your pick-up location.

Waterfall hike to Mendenhall Glacier
Mendenhall Glacier trek 2
Mendenhall Glacier trek 5
Mendenhall Glacier hiking 34
Jacob on Mendenhall Glacier
Above & Beyond glacier guide favorite trips

The Trip Itinerary

8 Hour Trip

30 minutes

Meet at Main Office

Van transportation to the West Glacier Trailhead

30 minutes

Gear Outfitting and Orientation

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

2 hours 15 minutes

Hike approximately 4 miles to the Glacier

A fun jaunt through temperate rainforest via the West Glacier Trail

1-2 hours

Glacier Trekking & Exploration

Strap on the micro-spikes, grab your trekking poles and traverse the glacier ice terrain!

2 hours 15 minutes

Return Hike to the Trailhead

Don’t worry, it’s mostly downhill!

30 minutes

Return Van Transport to Main Office

Practical Info

Client Pickup Information

In accordance with our COVID-19 mitigation policy, all 2021 guided trips will meet at our main office location at their scheduled tour start time for outfitting and transportation to/from tour site.  Please contact our office for meeting location details, parking and information. 

Our centralized downtown meeting location is the “C” Sign, located directly between the base of the Mount Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building near the cruise ship terminal. All clients cruising into downtown Juneau will be picked up here.

Clients arriving at AJ Dock:

Clients on cruise ships docking at the AJ Dock with 30 minutes or less between their ship’s arrival time and ABAK’s trip departure time will be picked up directly from the pier at AJ Dock.

Clients Staying Locally:

Clients staying at major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley, Downtown, or at an Airbnb or VRBO please contact us at 907-364-2333 for details on meeting location.

This is the "C" sign. Right by the tram.


$239.00 + 5% sales tax = $250.95 per person

Group Size: Minimum of 2, Maximum of 12

Minimum Age: 10

Clients must be able to hike for at least 6 hours/9 miles round-trip on steep, rocky, slippery, uneven terrain carrying a 10 lb backpack, and provide their own hiking boots with adequate ankle support.

Included In The Price

  • Professional guides
  • Roundtrip van transport from meeting location
  • US Forest Service permits
  • Rain gear (hooded jacket and pants)
  • Hearty, healthy snack & bottled water.
  • All glacier safety gear including helmet, micro-spikes, harness, and 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 stay with us.
  • 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, 2021

*Due to diminishing daylight hours in September, only morning departures will be offered after August 15th.

Group Size: Minimum of 2, 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. The smallest shoe size we can accommodate is size 2. 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 & shoe sizes (please specify male or female)
  • Any pertinent medical issues, allergies or dietary restrictions
  • Primary language spoken, if other than English