Zip & Glacier Combo Tour

Discover all of Juneau in one incredible combination tour!

Zip through the Tongas National Rainforest before seeing Alaska's most-visited landmark, the Mendenall Glacier. 

Start out your full-day adventure with some exhilarating ziplining through the lush rainforest canopy, snap pictures of the beautiful scenery from the treetops and try your hand at axe throwing at the end of the tour. A light snack and beverage will be provided while you relax in our cozy lodge before setting off to visit  the wondrous Mendenhall Glacier.

 

After a scenic drive through the local area you will arrive at the entrance of the glacier's park and Visitor Center. Take a self-guided walk around the nearby trails as you take in the amazing views, surrounding mountain peaks and rushing waterfalls. Be sure to check in with the Forest Service Ranger for sightings of bears, eagles, porcupines and other wildlife or explore the interactive exhibits in the Visitor Center before returning back downtown.


Please note that sometimes the order may be different with a visit to the glacier first before going ziplining.

Come experience and explore this must-see natural wonder

This tour is a spectacular way to spend your day in Juneau!

Combo Inquiry

Trip Details

What's Included / What to Expect

All transportation is included to and from downtown area to the zipline and glacier. There will be multiple bathroom opportunities along the way, places to secure your personal belongings and check-in with your drivers and guides. No food or beverages are permitted at the glacier due to bear activity so snacks will be available part of the zipline tour.

The following are provided throughout the tour:

  • Round-trip transportation
  • Light snack and beverage
  • Rain coat and all gear including waist & chest harness, helmet and pulley.
  • Entrance wristband into the glacier Visitor Center.

 

What to Bring

Please plan for this full-day excursion by wearing layered clothing and good walking shoes. We recommend perhaps bringing a small bag or backpack with additional items you may need or want during your outing.

Suggested items to have with you:

  •  Added Layers: It is often cooler at the glacier so layered clothing is recommended including jacket, long pants, hat and gloves. Other accessories you may want depending on weather: sunglasses, baseball cap or sunscreen.
  • Comfortable shoes: Closed-toe/Closed-heel shoes are required on the zipline course. Walking shoes or hiking boots are suggested for your visit to the glacier especially if you plan to do a little hiking.
  • Water bottle: There will be a light snack and beverage offered during your zipline tour however, NO drinks or food are permitted at the glacier due to bear activity with the exception of a water bottle.
  • Camera: Plan to bring along a personal camera or video device with for your trip including extra battery or charger so you don’t miss a moment! Please be sure that all cameras have a secure neck or wrist strap while you are on the zipline.
  • Credit Cards or Cash: There will be multiple opportunities to purchase souvenirs in the gift shop at both the zipline lodge and glacier Visitor Center.

It is also customary to tip guides for exceptional service and tour experience if you so choose.

Your extra personal belongings that can not go with you on the zipline course will be locked up at the lodge by your guides and returned to you after the tour. Any items you do not wish to carry with you at the glacier can be left behind on the bus and will be secure with your driver. 

FAQs

What will I see at the Glacier?

You will have about an hour to explore the area around the glacier. The Visitor Center has interactive exhibits, telescopes, ranger talks, children’s activities, gift shop and a movie about the Mendenhall Glacier and Juneau Ice field that plays every 20 minutes. Take in the amazing scenery at one of the many nearby lookouts or hike the moderate trail along the iceberg dotted lake to the cascading waterfall near the glacier’s face. Or take the short bridge walkway over a rushing salmon stream where black bears are often sighted. Other wildlife such as eagles, porcupines, beavers and mountain goats can be spotted around the trails, so keep your eyes open and your camera ready!

 

Will I walk on the glacier? What trails are available for some hiking?

Unfortunately, access to the ice caves or walking on the glacier is limited to helicopter and permitted guided trips. However, there are impressive views of the glacier from the Visitor Center and surrounding area, and if you want to get a closer look there is an easy 1 mile trail to Nugget Falls and beach. It takes about 45 minutes roundtrip to hike to the waterfalls and snap a few photos and will most likely take the entire time you are allotted to see the glacier. There are also other short trails to venture on and more information can be found online, at the Visitor Center or ask a Forest Ranger at the park.

 

Is the ride along option available for the Zip & Glacier combo tour?

Yes, guests are welcome to observe without having to zip themselves and join their family and friends to the glacier. They can ride-along, take pictures as everyone zips away from the first platform, relax in our cozy lodge, participate in the axe toss and accompany the group to the glacier. All transportation, snacks and wristband into the Visitor Center is included. A minimal fee is charged for the Observer tour option. Please contact us if you wish to have an Observer added to your reservation. 

# alaskaziplineadventures