Alpine Zipline & Mendenhall Glacier

Zip through the Tongass National Forest and visit the Mendenhall Glacier.

Soar through a series of five ziplines and walk the suspension bridge at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Douglas Island. If you’re nervous, you can build your confidence on 2 practice zips. Since there’s no hand-braking required, you can just sit back and zip! This tour also includes a stop at one of Alaska’s most visited landmarks, the Mendenhall Glacier.

Here’s how your day will fly!

This full-day adventure includes exhilarating ziplining through the lush rainforest canopy of the Tongass National Forest. After arriving at the lodge, you’ll be greeted by friendly and knowledgeable guides who will outfit you with top of the line gear. We take fun seriously, so you’ll have a safety briefing and optional practice zips before taking your “leap of faith” into the trees.

As you make your way through 5 ziplines, with the longest zip being about 600 feet long, you and your guide will stop and land in fully enclosed treehouse platforms where you can take in the scenery or snap some pictures.  Hear about living in Southeast Alaska  and the forest flora and fauna you’re seeing. Close to the end of your trip, you’ll cross a suspension bridge over a rushing stream. After your tree top adventure embrace your inner lumberjack by trying your hand at Axe Throwing.

Back at the lodge you’ll have time for a light snack while watching a slideshow of the pictures your guide has taken of you during your adventure. There’s a gift shop where you can purchase your pictures and other mementos of your time in the trees.

Your tour also includes a visit to the Mendenhall Glacier and entrance to the 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.

Round trip transfers from the dock are included. Your tour order may vary.

Please Note: Guests should be comfortable with heights and walking up about 50 stairs. This tour is not recommended for people who are pregnant, have seizures or recent neck, shoulder or back injuries/surgery.

No hand-braking is required on this course, so you can sit and zip while your guides handle all the equipment and keep you safe. The guides will also be on hand to enhance your sense of adventure and fun!

Need to Know

5.25 hours

Wear layered clothing and bring a rain jacket. You'll be outside for over 2 hours

Minimum age is 8 years old

Must weigh between 70-250 pounds

You’ll be required to sign a liability waiver

A light snack is included

Shopping is available at the lodge and visitor center

Difficulty Level: Moderate

This experience involves an increased amount of physical activity including walking over uneven terrain and extended periods of standing.

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Guest Reviews

Ziplining across the Alaskan Rainforest Sanctuary with Tall Paul and Clay

As part of an excursion from our Alaskan Cruise in September 2018, a group of us Aussies went ziplining across the sanctuary. A truly memorable experience. Some of us were quite nervous about the activity, Tall Paul and Clay made us feel at ease and we actually enjoyed ziplining across the tree line and the bears! Deb (one of our friends) did take a lot of convincing taking the last step off the platform onto the ground :)

two62886 - Australia

bear watching for the safety of a cable and harness!

In all fairness, Kelly and Bradley said they could not promise we would see bears but we might. And we did as an added bonus - no extra charge.
Our family likes to do zip lines whenever we are traveling. We have done longer and we have done faster - but we have never done any more scenic. Highly recommend this excursion and company!

tylerwill311 - Arizona

We three seniors had a BLAST!

Yep, this was a Bucket List adventure for us. Our group was met at the pier (Princess) and driven to Eaglecrest, about 25 minutes away. (Bonus views of Juneau from Douglas Is, and saw some rural areas on the ride.) Jake and Sarah were warm and welcoming, helped us into our gear, answered our questions and joked around to calm our nerves. We took our cell phones and go-pro along, while our other personal items were safely stored at the lodge. These two friendly, fit and fun guides were careful and professional, encouraging and empathetic. It IS scary to make that first step off the platform!!! By the last one, we wanted to start all over again. As in other situations where team trust is built, we were soon cheering each other on and celebrating our achievements. Jake and Sarah truly enjoy their jobs and they wanted us to enjoy our zipline adventure. We sure did. Thanks for the memories!!

Terrie T - Auburn, California