A long day hike in the Exit Glacier area of Kenai Fjords National Park to an overlook of the Harding Icefield. Start early and pack a camera and plenty of film for this hike to the edge of the Harding Icefield, where dark peaks poke out of a sea of ice. The trail climbs gradually through forest and brush, alpine wildflower meadows, and finally rock and snow to an overlook of the icefield. The moderate, switchbacking grade comes to you courtesy of Student Conservation Association trail workers—high school students hailing from all over the United States—who worked for several years building this spectacular trail. Fog, rain, and poor visibility are common, and weather can change quickly, so carry warm, waterproof clothes even on sunny days. Be prepared to retreat if bad weather moves in; you probably couldn’t see anything anyway. If the weather is decent, be ready to be amazed. Special features: Exit Glacier and the Harding Icefield, great views and wildlife, especially mountain goats.
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