Pick-up from the cruise docks and many Juneau hotels is included and from there a short ride over to Mendenhall Valley and the West Glacier Trailhead. Here it's time to gear up, and a backpack containing all your necessary glacier/mountaineering gear is provided for you (about 10-15 lbs.). Hit the trail, warming up on the first mile which is well maintained and relatively flat. It doesn't take long to shift gears - now you're in the Alaskan backcountry, and the cruise ship seems miles away. After the first mile, the trail gains elevation and the next 2.5 miles are characterized by uneven terrain, multiple steep pitches, rock scrambling, route finding and may include slippery bedrock. But the hard work pays off when the trail opens up to expose a glorious view of Mendenhall Glacier, which leads into the next part of this adventure.
Traverse across the last patch of bedrock, making your way over to the edge of the icefield. Gear up with crampons, and begin the next part journey on the ice, exploring the unique intricacies of this frozen expanse. If time permits, we may have an opportunity to explore nearby ice caves; the resulting photos from this trip may seem Photoshopped but these colors are real! Eventually, we'll make the return trip back to the trailhead and drop-off locations in Juneau.
If you're concerned with slowing down the group or if you have younger children, you may consider taking this as a private trip. Contact us for special pricing for private trips to enjoy the day more at your own pace with a private guide.
Keep it moving! For a perfect Inside Passage active package, check out the Orcas Cove Kayak in Ketchikan, and the Rock Climbing, Rappelling, and Ziplining Expedition in Skagway!
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