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

First timer zip lining

Joe & Nate were the best. I was nervous and they were patient and helped me along the way by their kindness, patience and encouragement. It was the best adventure of my whole holiday. I can't wait to have another go. Thank you Joe & Nate.

Louise B - Wollongong, Australia


We booked this excursion during our cruise and the only word to describe it is AMAZING! Since it is a rainforest we should not have been surprised that It was raining when our ship docked, but that did not stop us from going. Our group of four had the place to ourselves and our guides were awesome. Halfway through I remembered I was afraid of heights and lost some bravado, but Chris and Megan were great and made sure we had memorable experience while feeling completely safe at the same time. I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life and recommend to anyone visiting this city.

kimmee1026 - Staten Island, New York

Peaceful Exhilaration

My family and I (ages 55, 54, 25, 20, and 20) went ziplining during the second stop of our Alaskan cruise. After stopping at the Mendenhall Glacier for about 30 minutes of self-guided viewing, we were driven to the Eaglecrest Lodge for the zipline adventure. Our guides were Anya and Keegan (both 19, which was a little scary until we got up into the trees). They were extremely knowledgeable, competent, and fun, making the afternoon my favorite of the entire trip.
I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was so peaceful and quiet up in the trees. I never looked down and was never scared, but was thoroughly exhilarated and had a great time. We took 5 trips across various lines, seeing treetops and streams. We had 8 participants in our group, so the wait for each crossing was definitely manageable. Pictures and photos were allowed as we waited our turn.
At the end of our 5th zip, we had to cross a suspension bridge before heading back to the lodge for a axe-throwing competition. I failed miserably, but the older kids did great.

NJB19641988 - Illinois