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

Ripping through the canopy!

Hey, that was fun! Thanks to Matt V and Megan for their good humor and attention to making sure we had a good experience. It was an interesting trip through the canopy with some great views and on occasion some nice speed. When one of our party decided to opt out after the initial orientation run, the company arranged a guided nature walk around the rainforest floor (that we called the "Chicken Walk") that turned out to be very interesting and informative. Tip: the first couple tree platforms you arrive at are the "wobbliest". Don't let that freak you out. After the first two platforms the trees don't sway nearly as much.

Monkeysonparade - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Great Fun and way to begin our Alaska adventure

We were assigned to Ben and McKenzie (forgive me if spelling is wrong) and my wife was a bit apprehensive.
Well, we both had a terrific time and were impressed with the total professionalism from beginning to end People of all ages were able to thoroughly participate and enjoy the experience.
Even saw a bear in the far distance...but just zip-lining in the trees was exciting enough.
Ready to roll with Tarzan and Jane

Lexa N. - New York


First time and scared to death. 64 yrs young, bucket list. Alexa and Jake did an outstanding job making our group feel so comfortable. Loved them and so helpful and encouraging. Thanks guys for making this experience the most awesome thing I have ever done in my life. People, take the leap, worth every minute. Beautiful setting too.

MJ D - McMinnville, Oregon