The Mendenhall Ice Caves Is One of the Best Sites in the State

A trip to Juneau isn’t complete without a visit to the Mendenhall ice caves! This iconic Alaskan attraction is located 12 miles from downtown Juneau in the Tongass National Forest. During your visit, you can explore the caves, hike the forest, or kayak the adjoining lake. And if you stay at the Silverbow Inn, you’ll be able to add fantastic tour packages to your reservation. Find out everything you need to know to explore the caves!

Indulge in a delicious meal before you visit the Mendenhall ice caves. Download our free Vacation Guide to get our recommendations for the best restaurants in Juneau. From nationally recognized eateries like The Rookery Cafe and Tracy’s King Crab Shack to the best Juneau pizza shops, you’ll find everything you need to find a delicious meal in town!

Visit the Mendenhall Ice Caves

The Mendenhall ice caves are part of a 12-mile long glacier located in the Mendenhall Valley. The caves are only accessible by a kayak ride then an ice climb over the glacier. The trip is worth it, though. You will see some of the most incredible natural formations in the world.

When you decide to visit this great attraction, the first thing to figure out is how to get to the Mendenhall ice caves. It might be difficult for first-time visitors to navigate to the Tongass National Forest from downtown Juneau, and from there, find the caves. The easiest way to get to the caves is to book a Mendenhall ice caves tour! Guests of Silverbow Inn have two great options for Alaska ice cave tours.

The first package is the Mendenhall Glacier Blue Trek & Climb. More than just exploring the caves, guests who choose this package will learn ice climbing, hike the Mendenhall Glacier ice cave trail, and get an up-close-and-personal look at the glacier. This package lasts a total of 10 hours, which is the longest day tour on the glacier.

The second available package is the Mendenhall Glacier Kayak Paddle & Trek. You’ll learn all sorts of great Mendenhall ice cave facts during your personally guided kayak tour.

Dress the Part

Before heading out to the Mendenhall ice caves, be sure that you’re totally prepared for the trek you’ll face. The terrain to the caves is slippery, rocky, and steep. Be sure to pack waterproof hiking boots, gloves, and a warm hat.

Stay at Silverbow Inn

After your day spent at the Mendenhall ice caves, return to Silverbow Inn for a night of rest and relaxation. Our boutique hotel is conveniently located in central downtown Juneau, just minutes from the best bars, restaurants, and shops in town. Take advantage of our fantastic amenities, like our daily hot chocolate and cookie “happy hour” and our complimentary after-dinner candy bar. Treat any sore muscles with a soak in our rooftop hot tub. In the morning, after a night of restful sleep in one of our guestrooms, treat yourself to a delicious breakfast, paired with local Juneau coffee.

Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you.