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

Great time

We were a family group of about 10, some were first timers looking forward to the experience others were nervous everyone left thrilled and wanting to zip line again. It’s a great time in and of itself but we had a bald eagle glide right past us and watched a bear meandering through the woods below us - made it a special Alaska experience. Safety talk and practice run made us all comfortable.

DLBVT - Westford, VT

Gorgeous, Safe and Ethical Tour Group

Our family of four - two teenagers, and two forty-year olds joined a group of 8 others to zip through the rain forest. The zip line course is part of a ski resort, and at one of the trees we were served blueberry tea. The guides made us all feel safe and comfortable. The guides did the breaking on our zip lines and not one of us came flying in too fast. One of the women on our tour (a 70 year old) was a bit nervous ziplining for the first time, but as we passed over line by line she grew to enjoy it more. One of the zip line towers sat at 100 feet up! One passed over a gently flowing stream. It was a beautiful setting, felt very safe, and the guides were pleasant and knowledgeable. My husband accidentally left his good camera at the facility and the group mailed it back to us at home (in the lower 48) at no charge to us. We are grateful for this highly respectable group of people!

JGTravelReviews

Great guides and experience!

My zipline tour had a safe and great service experience thanks to professionals, Alexa and Brad! They were knowledgeable and friendly, and demonstrated their care for the customer’s safety above all.

JoJo F - New York