Mendenhall Glacier Trek

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Love Hiking? This one is for you!

Day Trip

Hiking, Glacier Trekking

Glacier trekking, rainforest hiking, big views

$240.45 per person (includes sales tax)


We pick you up.

Experience The Trip

This exclusive hiking tour to Mendenhall Glacier begins with 4 miles through towering Sitka Spruce and Hemlock in the largest temperate rainforest in the world, the Tongass National Forest. The trail becomes less defined as you follow your guide through dense brush, beaver ponds, and up rock scrambles. The trail is considered strenuous with about 800 feet in vertical elevation gain, and requires you to be sure-footed while crossing slippery stones and rock screes. It is all worth it when you climb the final ridge, and the jagged face of the glacier bursts into view with its river of ice coursing behind it.

During this tour we set an average pace of 4 miles in about 2 – 2.5 hours. If you are interested in moving faster or slower than this pace, please consider booking the Privately Guided Mendenhall Glacier Trek. The private guide will adjust their pace to match yours and your groups. A great way to get to the ice faster or take your time and enjoy all the views!

Mendenhall Glacier hike video

The glacier is in constant change and its features disappear and reappear over the course of the season, this includes the ice caves. After strapping on your micro-spikes, your guide will take you on a tour of the glacier’s features which are accessible that day. Those may include exploring the other-worldliness of an ice cave, descending into crevasses carved by melt water, or peering into the deep blue well of a moulin. Everyday is different on the ice!

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

Van Pickup @ “C” Sign

Transportation to the West Glacier trailhead

30 minutes

Outfitting and Gear Orientation

Get you and the crew suited up for the elements
Questions about the gear sizing?

2 hours

Hike West Glacier Trail about 4 miles

Left, Left, Left, Right, Left…
A fun jaunt through temperate rainforest

2 hours

Glacier Trekking & Exploration

Strap on the micro-spikes, grab your trekking poles and traverse the icy terrain.

2 hours 30 minutes

Hike the Trail back to the Parking Lot

Hope you saved some energy…
Don’t worry, it’s mostly downhill

30 minutes

Return Van Transport

Practical Info

Client Pickup Information

The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers.

Passengers Arriving At AJ Dock
Special Note:

Because the AJ Dock is about a 20 minute walk away from the “C” Sign, clients off 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 AJ Dock.

Hotel Guests

Clients staying at major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley may be picked up directly from their hotel. Clients with their own transportation may meet us directly at the West Glacier Trailhead.

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


$229.00 + 5% sales tax = $240.45 per person

Group Size: Minimum of 2, Maximum of 12

Minimum Age: 10

This is an all inclusive kind of trip. From dock, to glacier and back.

Included In The Price

  • Professional guides
  • Roundtrip van transport
  • 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

Please note: Clients must disclose information regarding pertinent medical conditions/history, allergies and any type of restriction or limitation that might introduce a higher degree of challenge on this trip. ABAK strives to accommodate various conditions, restrictions and/or limitations and can better do so with prior knowledge of such. Women who are pregnant are welcome to participate in this trip with a doctor’s note confirming the safety of their participation in the activities of the tour.

Departure Times:
Mondays: 1:30pm

Tuesdays: 8:30am

Wednesdays: 10:30am

Thursdays: 8:30am

Fridays: 7:30am

Saturdays: 8:30am

Sundays: 9:30am

Dates of Operation: April 28th – September 30th, 2019

*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
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