This excursion will be lead by professional guides who will provide expert instruction and interpretation, while blending safety with fun. Your journey begins with a four-mile trail hike through the rain forest 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 remaining three miles are on an unmaintained 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.
Once you reach the glacier, there will be a short safety briefing, and then you'll be outfitted in trekking gear (crampons and an ice axe) and assisted in locating the safest entrance to the ice. You'll have about and an hour (depending on your group's pace) of exploration on the moderate glacial terrain overlooking Mendenhall Lake. Get close-up views of ice caves, streams, crevasses, and other unique glacial formations during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
Departures: 09:30 AM, 08:30 AM, 01:30 PM, 07:30 AM, 10:30 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - This tour includes the use of mountaineering gear, backpack, rain jacket and pants, as well as bagel/cream cheese, snacks, and bottled water.
- Please bring/wear: comfortable hiking shoes or boots, hiking pants, warm hat, fleece gloves, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
- 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 for the day. For an average fit group, it takes about two hours to hike to the glacier.
- 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 the day of the trip and determine if a particular area is safe enough to trek upon or enter.
- If your are interested in ice climbing with a top rope, please book our PRIVATE TREK & CLIMB ON MENDENHALL GLACIER. A private trip allows you to try ice climbing, and the trip can be customized to your pace, ability, and schedule.