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Exit Glacier

Seward, Alaska

Exit Glacier

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Chalfont, PA
Explorer | 52 pts
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7/6/2018
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Arnold, MD
Pathfinder | 110 pts
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7/17/2008
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!
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Akhiok, AK
Pathfinder | 80 pts
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5/4/2008
Trail woud be very easy in the summer but makes a long, but flat, treck in the winter. Totally worth it for the views.
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Crowley Lake, CA
Adventurer | 495 pts
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6/10/2006
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!
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Coppell, TX
Pathfinder | 184 pts
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9/23/2005
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.
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Rochester, MN
Adventurer | 230 pts
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6/25/2005
This a great trail with fantastic views of the glacier and mountains.
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Denton, TX
Pathfinder | 62 pts
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10/11/2001
We hiked this one during the summer and about half way up ran into some snow. It got real deep, real quick. It was still solid enough to walk on so we continued up. Some beautiful scenery and just a fun hike.
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Trail Information

Seward
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
1-1.5 miles
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Best May through September
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Kenai Fjords National Park, PO Box 1727, 1212 4th Ave., Seward, AK 99664; (907) 422-0500; www.nps.gov/kefj
Local Contacts
USGS Seward A-7 (NW) (trails not shown); Kenai Fjords National Park brochure
Local Maps