Above & Beyond Alaska: Mendenhall Glacier Paddle & Trek

Liz Canoe Paddle

Explore water in several gorgeous forms as you canoe across a lake to a famous glacier, then continue onward towards the edge of the glacier and walk near the blue ice.

Gear Up & Go

After a pickup downtown, you’ll gear-up at the Above & Beyond Alaska office for this multi-sport adventure! After a short hike to the canoes, guides—who are all wilderness first-aid certified and go through advanced training each year—walk everyone through safety requirements and paddle techniques…no experience required!

Paddle Across a Glacial Lake

Then you’ll set off for about an hour-long paddle across the shimmering lake waters, getting ever closer to the wall of blue ice with every stroke. It’s an extremely unique viewpoint, with snow-capped mountains on one side and waterfalls on the other. Keep an eye out for arctic terns, mountain goats, and icebergs floating in the lake.

Beach Landing & Hike

Liz Mendenhall Glacier Hiking 2

You’ll land on the glacier beach and walk about a mile alongside the glacier, exploring as you go—there may even be ice caves to check out. Because the glacier is always changing, there may not be an access point to get up onto the glacier itself.

If there is, however—and your guides deem it safe—you’ll don microspikes and grab poles and step up onto the blue ice. And for about an hour, you’ll have the singular opportunity to explore the edge of the glacier, moulins, crevices, and deep blue mysteries of this ancient river of ice.

With that vision fresh in your mind, you’ll head back to the canoes for a return paddle across the gorgeous lake, with the glacier at your back.

About Above & Beyond Alaska

Since 2002, owners Becky and Sean—passionate environmentalists and longtime guides themselves—have run Above & Beyond Alaska. Their excursions marry their love of the Tongass National Forest and Inside Passage areas with their excitement for sharing this special place with visitors. All of their trips are by kayak, foot, boat, or plane, and all are in intimate, small groups—the best way, they say, to experience Alaska, since that’s how they would want to do it themselves!

Getting There

2767 Sherwood Ln.
Juneau, AK 99801
Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season May 2 – Sep 25
Duration 6 hrs
Rates $299 per person
Rate Notes What's Included // Rain gear, boots, dry bag backpack, all paddle gear, lunch, water bottle, hearty snack, and roundtrip transportation.
Minimum Age // 12

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Above & Beyond Alaska: Mendenhall Glacier Paddle & Trek