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Exit Glacier Professional Review and Guide
"Two short day-hiking trails, within view of a glacier, and the only road access within Kenai Fjords National Park. Exit Glacier is one of the thirty-five glaciers that flow off the 500-square-mile Harding Icefield, the central feature of Kenai Fjords National Park, and the Exit Glacier area is the only road-accessible section of the park. The glacier is now approximately 2.5 miles long, but it has retreated rapidly in the last couple of hundred years; in earlier days the terminus was 8 miles down the Resurrection River valley, roughly where the valley meets the Seward Highway today."
--Mollie Foster, Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
Beautiful and very easy trail if you're in it for the scenic views rather than looking for a strenuous hike. Go early to avoid crowds. Lots of evidence of the abundant wildlife. Be on the lookout for black & brown bear. We ran into two black bear to politely yielded the right of way on the trail. Also beware of moose, who are not usually so accommodating. Even though it was mid summer, there were hardly any mosquitoes. Very recommended!
Trail woud be very easy in the summer but makes a long, but flat, treck in the winter. Totally worth it for the views.
Great, easy trail that climbs along the side of Exit Glacier, overlooking Harding Ice Field at the top. You can either stop and turnaround, or continue up the Harding Ice Field, which I would definitely recommend. Lots of wildlife to be seen and snow to slide down!
The Exit Glacier trail is extremely easy, and is paved with asphalt and wheelchair-accessible for half of its length. After exiting the trail proper onto the glacier's outwash plain, it's simply a matter of finding a route to the glacier snout without having to wade in the shallow water. The only factor that disappointed me was that the summer-only, temporary park "ranger" on duty at the glacier knew no more about glaciers and glaciology than the average toddler. I was very thankful for my degree in geology.
This a great trail with fantastic views of the glacier and mountains.
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