Glacier Adventure Hike Private Tour

Enjoy Early Bird Discounts!

PRICE: $500 for 10 people

or $375 for a group up to 4

 

  • Price: Fixed rate of $500 for up to 10 people. $375 for up to 4 people. Once early bird discounts end, these will change to $600 and $450. 
  • Physical rating: 2 – Easy for most
  • Distance: 4 miles of hiking on even terrain. Sometimes it’s muddy. Some small hills.
  • Duration: 4 hours. 3 hours of hiking and 1 hour for transportation.

Escape the crowd and feel alive on an incredible hike along the forest edge of Mendenhall Glacier. Breath fresh air. Absorb breathtaking views.

For the adventurous

You are a step apart from the rest. It takes a certain kind of person to leave the crowd and get out into the woods. That is exactly the type of person we want to take deeper into Juneau’s incredible temperate rainforest and coastal mountains along Mendenhall Glacier.

Overview

Head over to the west side of the glacier away from the tourist crowd. We start at the West Glacier Trailhead. The first half of the trail starts out very flat and lots of room on the trail. Before you know it, you will start trekking up. A mixture of switch-backs and stone carved stairs keep you moving closer and closer to the Mendenhall Glacier. You will work up a sweat and push yourself. Every viewpoint gets better and better along the trail. Even the most ambitious of hikers won’t be disappointed with the results. 

 

  • Physical rating: 3 of out 5 – You’ll break a sweat
  • Distance: 4-6 miles of hiking on uneven terrain. Expect lots of tree roots, rocks, and uphill walking.
  • Elevation gain: 700-1100 feet (~200-300 meters) depending on groups ability.
  • Duration: 5 ½ to 6 hours. 5 hours of hiking and 1 hour for transportation.

Ready to book?

Step 1: Select the number of people who will be in your group.
Step 2: Choose a date and a time you would like to book your tour for.
Step 3: Fill out your group details and payment info.
Step 4: Submit your info and everything is confirmed!

Times are available every day on the hour. However, we can probably accommodate other start times if you contact us.

Prefer to get in touch with us first? Send a message or call to book – 855-610-9724

Highlights

  • Get out and really immerse yourself in the landscapes of Juneau.
  • Learn about the natural history of the forest, glacier, and the fascinating mining culture that harnessed its abundant water resources.
  • See the grand vistas of Mendenhall Glacier.
  • Receive a free highlights video we shoot of your day with us.
  • For larger groups, we use headsets that allow everyone to hear EVERYTHING no matter where you are on the trail. Be present the entire time even if you wander off to snap that flower photo.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How close will I get to the glacier?
    • It depends. Expect to get a couple hundred yards away. This is much closer than anyone at the visitors center but not as close as people doing ice trekking tours.
  • Do you go to the Mendenhall Ice Caves?
    • No. Our hike goes along the west side of the glacier and does not depart from the trail towards the glacier face. The caves have become quite small recently due to melting and collapses. The path to the ice caves is very difficult and we do not suggest attempting it unless you are an experienced hiker or you have a knowledgeable guide with you. We are not able to arrange a guided hike for you or provide instructions on how to get there. Our hiking tour takes you very close to the glacier to capture it’s magnitude and brilliance without the troubles of ice climbing gear or excessively difficult terrain.
  • Will I see a bear?
    • Probably not. Black bears do thrive in this area and we have seen bears on West Glacier Trail before. However, it is unlikely we will run into any bears on the hike. Your guide is trained in proper bear safety protocol and carries bear spray at all times. You are more likely (though not guaranteed) to see black bears on our Forest and Falls tour.

What’s included

  • Transportation
  • Rain ponchos
  • Disposable water bottle (we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottle)
  • Energy snacks (feel free to bring your own too)
  • Water resistant daypack
  • Headset for hearing your guide from anywhere
  • Highlights video

 

Want to do more?

If you want to extend the tour or you finish the hike early, some other places we often go are

  • Alaskan Brewing tasting room
  • DIPAC Salmon Hatchery (great for kids)
  • Shrine of St. Therese
  • Eagle Beach
  • Trails on the East side of the Glacier

 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation notice must be provided 1 week in advance of the tour to receive a full refund. 

If a cancellation request is received with less than seven days till the tour date, a 50% refund will be provided. No refund is offered if canceled less than 24 hours before the tour. 

Some exceptions exist such as unsafe weather and delayed cruise ships. Refer to our Refund Policy for details. Rain rarely qualifies as a reason to cancel a tour. 

Adventure Flow reserves the right to cancel and fully refund the tour for any reason.

Enjoy Early Bird Discounts! 

PRICE: $675 for 10 people

or $475 for a group up to 4

  • Price: Fixed rate of $675 for up to 10 people. $475 for up to 4 people. Once early bird discounts end, these will change to $825 and $625. 
  • Physical rating: 3 out of 5 – You will break a sweat
  • Distance: 4-6 miles of hiking on uneven terrain. Expect lots of tree roots, rocks, and uphill walking.
  • Elevation gain: 700-1100 feet (~200-300 meters) depending on groups ability.
  • Duration: 5 ½ to 6 hours. 5 hours of hiking and 1 hour for transportation.

Where do we go?

We hike the west side of the glacier along the West Glacier Trail.

Where do we meet?

Many of you are on a cruise ship, so we meet near the Mt. Robert’s Tram in a bus pickup lot of the cruise ship terminal. If you are staying at a hotel or B&B we pick you up right at your front door.

Cruise Ship Meeting Location

Look out for our black mini-bus to pick you up.

All tours operating at the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area are under permit with the Tongass National Forest. Adventure Flow is an equal opportunity service provider.