Fly into Juneau, Alaska and desend into the beauty of Mendenhall Glacier.
Walk through an ecological timeline to get to the mighty Mendenhall where you will be introduced to glacier trekking and the natural history of the area! The trip begins with a drive from your pick up point to the Mendenhall Valley where the West Glacier Trailhead is located. At the trailhead you will be outfitted with a backpack that includes all of the necessary glacier gear. Afterwards you will embark on a three and a half mile trail hike through the temperate rainforest along Mendenhall Lake. The first mile of the trail is well maintained and relatively flat with the exception of a short uphill switchback section while the second two and a half miles is on an unmaintained strenuous trail. This strenuous trail is uneven and includes areas of mud, slippery bedrock, loose gravel, rock scrambling, and multiple short, steep up and downhill sections. Upon reaching the top of the most difficult section of the trail, the rock scramble, all of the effort you’ve invested instantly pays off as the Mendenhall Glacier and the surrounding peaks come into full view. From this point you will breath in the scenery with every step as you make your way down an open slope of bedrock to the edge of the ice.
Amazing landscapes you must see to believe!
Once you reach the glacier, your guide will help you put on your glacier gear and locate the safest entrance to get on the ice. Following a safety briefing the group will spend approximately 1 hour on the ice (dependent on group’s hiking pace) exploring accessible features such as crevasses, ice caves, moulins, melt water streams, pools, etc. After glacier play time is over you will repack your backpack and head back to the trailhead. Make sure you save energy for the hike back! :)