Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Canoe, Paddle and Hike

Juneau, USA
Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek from Juneau
  • 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Mendenhall Glacier and Lake is the Juneau area's premiere wilderness destination for its beauty, scale, and ease of access. This 5.5-hour tour takes you right up to the glacier, past Nugget Falls, and over Mendenhall Lake, combining paddling and hiking for a full-day's worth of wilderness adventure suitable for the whole family. This tour is available as a shore-excursion for cruise passengers.

    What's Included

    • Local taxes
    • Bottled water
    • Snacks
    • Professional guide
    • All necessary paddling equipment
    • Rain gear and rubber boots
    • National Park fees
    • Gratuities

    Meeting and Pickup

    You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

    Meeting point

    • 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

      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.

    Pickup points

    Select a pickup point

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    Pickup details

    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. Clients staying at major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley may be picked up directly from their hotel. Clients with their own transportation need to contact our office to arrange a meeting location.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • Age minimum of 12 years or older only
    • This tour requires a minimum of 4 to operate. If minimum requirement is not met, reservation is subject to change or cancellation
    • Maximum weight 250 pounds
    • All clients will be outfitted in 8 person or 12 person canoes, with 1 to 2 guides depending on the group size.
    • All clients must be in physically fit condition and capable of paddling 5-6 miles and hiking about 2 miles roundtrip. All clients must know how to swim.
    • With group departures we try to maximize our trip capacity and subsequently may need to alter the time to accommodate additional customers. If your trip's departure time changes we will notify you as soon as possible.
    • Glacier Access and feature exploration: The Mendenhall Glacier is receding daily. Because the glacier is in a state of constant change, not all features may be present or accessible. We will explore the edges of the glacier safely from the bedrock. This tour does not include trekking on the glacier.
    • A specific amount of time exploring the edge of the glacier cannot be guaranteed. The amount of time at the glacier is dependent on the group's pace and weather conditions.
    • 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.
    • RELEASE OF LIABILITY/ASSUMPTION OF RISK FORM: Every participant on the trip must sign a Release of Liability/Assumption of Risk form at the start of the trip. Alterations and/or deletions to the waiver are not permitted.
    • Due to the inherent risks involved, we do not permit pregnant guests to participant.
    • You must include the following in the comments section when booking: raingear & shoe sizes for each passenger, (for adult men and women, S-XXL and youth, S-L) and any pertinent medical information. Smallest shoe size that can be accommodated is Youth 2 and largest is Adult 14.
    • Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs per person
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

    • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    59 reviews
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    Hard work for arms, but precious experience
    Michiko_S, Sep 2019
    Paddling was hard work so that I got arm muscle pain for next three days. But the guides are very kind and skillful, making sure our safety on glacier. This tour is definitely the highlight of my Alaska trip!
    Amazin day!
    Ines B, Sep 2019
    Fantastic and wonderful experience! The guide was excellent, very enthusiastic and with knowledge of the area. It can be done perfectly, the most complicated part was that we rowed all at once.
    Experience of a Lifetime
    Nicole_C, Aug 2019
    This was such a fun adventure, the agenda was exactly what happened! I traveled solo on the Ruby Princess from Seattle to AK and decided to do my research on Viator and TripAdvisor for tours. If you want an off-the-beaten path/less expensive/mid-active/unique tour that cruise ships won't offer and the chance to walk on the Mendenhall Glacier before it melts all away, I highly recommend booking this tour and also with Above and Beyond Alaska (ABAK). ABAK shuttle brings the group to ABAK's central warehouse operations to get outfitted for the tour - the warehouse was very clean, organized, and had a bunch of awesome gear that you can purchase (t-shirts, hats, etc.). They even gave us a free ABAK reusable water bottle for the tour and also gave it away as a parting gift - really thoughtful way to show how much they appreciate their customers. I appreciated bonding with all the people I have come to share this experience with. I had the honor of being led by guides Mike and Dan on the 7/22/19 afternoon trip - you guys totally were so helpful (taking pics of our group, being so patient and attentive with me due to my torn ACL issue while walking on the glacier), informative, and fun to chat with. Thanks so much for making my experience from canoeing to walking on the Mendenhall Glacier life moments to remember.
    CSH2018, Aug 2019
    Mel and Elle made this tour phenomenal. Their energy was contagious! The glacier was absolutely stunning and well worth the money spent.

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    -You will not receive a refund if you cancel.

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