A “hike” is often just about exercise, and a “tour” often just about history. This Juneau-based private guided tour—using a flat rate for groups as small as one, or as big as 10—offers a mix of talking, learning, and sharing, while also offering a moderately challenging hike through gorgeous Southeast Alaska scenery.
Up Close to a Glacier
You can choose from three Adventure Flow tours—so named because they are designed to blend the adrenaline rush of physical activity with good mental stimulation. The most rigorous walk is the Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Hike, a naturalist walk that focuses on the west side of Mendenhall glacier. Beginning near the Mt. Roberts tram, this hike is the longest of the Adventure Flow options: it’s 4-5 miles, and includes an elevation gain of about 500 feet. It’s a rain-or-shine hike, so you’re encouraged to bring your own rain gear, but otherwise the hike includes the use of a small day pack, rain poncho, water, and snacks.
Along the way, you’ll still be listening and learning—namely, about the glacier, and how it carved the valley you’re walking through, and how the forest has grown from that (and all peppered with fun anecdotes from your guide). The rewards for your hiking efforts are multiple panoramic views of Mendenhall, leading to the pinnacle view at the very end with a huge view of the glacier, surrounding mountains, and the ice field. To finish off the experience, you'll end the tour with a tasting at the Alaskan Brewing Co. And as a unique bonus, you get a video to take home: The guides film you and your group during the hike, and give you an edited version that you can share online and treasure forever.
More Private Tour Options
Adventure Flow’s other two excursions include a historic walking tour around the capital city and the Rainforests and Waterfalls of Mendenhall Glacier Hike, in which you explore the glacier and lush areas surrounding Juneau (with this one, you’ll also get a video afterward that captures your adventure). All of the hikes include a headset, so that you can hear your guide well, no matter where you are with the group. As a result, you’ll get a greater appreciation for what you’re seeing, without compromising the satisfaction of hiking at your own pace.
An Idea That 'Flowed'
Indeed, your guides want to customize the experience for everyone. Adventure Flow was started in 2015 by Patrick and co-founder Eric, friends who grew up next door to each other in Montana. Eric had worked in the guiding industry for many years, and Patrick was an entrepreneur who wanted a new venture that would take him into the great outdoors. Their idea for Adventure Flow is not just about seeing nature: it’s about really experiencing it, and enjoying the ‘flow’-induced activity—marrying that physical activity of hiking or walking with the mental stimulation that results. To keep that dynamic strong, they keep groups private and small (no more than 10), so that you can develop a relationship with a guide and focus on the environment around you.