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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Canoe, Paddle, and Trek

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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 will 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 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. As you paddle, take in the views of 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 such as mountain goats, black bears, porcupines, river otters, beavers, eagles, loons, and arctic terns, which all inhabit this area.

Upon reaching our beach landing point near the glacier's edge, the adventure continues as you trade your paddles 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, melt water streams, pools, and more.

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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Important Information
Departure Point
For cruise ship passengers and clients staying in the downtown area, the centralized meeting location is the company sign located between Taku Smokeries (Green Building) and the Mt. Roberts Tramway. (Please look for a person holding a sign with Above & Beyond Alaska.)
*Clients staying at major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley may be picked up directly from their hotel.
*Clients off cruise ships docking at the AJ Dock with 30 minutes or less between their ship's arrival time and trip departure time will be picked up directly from the AJ Dock.
6h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local taxes
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Pick-up and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • All necessary paddling and glacier equipment
  • Rain gear and rubber boots
  • National Park fees
  • Paddling and safety instructions
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Age minimum of 12 years or older only
  • Safety harnesses fit up to 45 inch waist sizes. Not able to accommodate larger waist sizes. Max. weight is 250lbs per person
  • You must include the following in the comments section when booking: rain gear & shoe sizes for each passenger, (for adult men and women, S-XXL and youth, S-L) and any pertinent medical information
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide their ship's name
  • At time of booking, clients staying locally must provide the name of their place of lodging
  • At the time of booking, clients must provide the following for each participant: name, age, height/weight, rain gear and shoe size, and any pertinent information regarding medical issues (or history) and allergies.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • All participants must be physically capable of paddling 5-6 miles round-trip and hiking/trekking approx. 2 miles round-trip
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • All participants are required to sign a waiver before beginning the trip
  • A specific amount of time on the ice cannot be guaranteed. The amount of time on the glacier is dependent on the group's pace and weather conditions.
  • Visiting specific features such as ice caves, moulins, etc. cannot be guaranteed due to the constantly changing nature of the Mendenhall Glacier. Your guide will assess the hazards on the day of the trip to determine if a particular area is safe to trek upon or enter.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs per person
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had an incredible trip paddling Mendenhall Lake and trekking on Mendenhall Glacier! It was our first time setting foot on a glacier and our guides Jacob and Casey helped us through the whole thing! We will definitely be doing this tour again on future...More

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ElizabethBarlow, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your experience with us! I will share this with Casey and Jacob. Please do come back and see us again; the glacier is ever-changing so always is a unique experience!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was by far one of the best things we did while in Alaska. Our guides were the best and very knowledgable about the glacier and surrounding area. it is a must do if you are physically capable.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Jeff S
ElizabethBarlow, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Jeff for sharing! So glad you had a great time!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though we were on a cruise we made our reservations directly with ABAK; it saved money and most of the others were part of the ship's excursion so pick-up and drop-off weren't a problem. ABAK was professional and organized every step of the process:...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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ElizabethBarlow, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your feed back! I will be sure to pass this along to Melissa and Whisper. Glad you had a great experience through the whole process. Thank you for making us a part of your Alaskan vacation and come back to see...More

Reviewed September 13, 2019

I was worried to go on this excursion because I was the only one from my group. There was only one open spot left. But, it was something I always wanted to do and boy am I glad I did! The people in my group...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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ElizabethBarlow, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing this great experience! It is great when guests connect with the guides the way it sounds like you did with Naomi. I will definitely share this with her. We do tend to sell out in advance so definitely recommend booking in...More

Reviewed September 11, 2019

The paddle and trek excursion to the Mendenhall Glacier is an adventure I will never forget. Our guide Jacques was funny, smart, trustworthy and informative. Trustworthy was probably the most important, as safety was his top priority. There was never a moment that I didn't...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Elizabeth C
ElizabethBarlow, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Elizabeth for sharing about your adventure and letting us be a part of your Alaskan vacation! I will pass this along to Jacques. Safety is definitely a top priority and all our guides take it very seriously while providing a fun, interactive tour....More

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