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Kenai Fjords National Park Harding Icefield Loop

Seward, Alaska

Kenai Fjords National Park Harding Icefield Loop

Kenai Fjords National Park: Harding Icefield Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Hike to an ocean of ice—and escape the crowds by making it an
overnight. The Ice Age clings to life in Alaska’s Kenai Fjords, where 40 glaciers pour from the Harding Icefield into inlets and bays swarming with whales, sea otters, and other
marine life. Get a front-row seat of the glaciers in retreat on this challenging 8-mile out-and-back to the Harding Icefield.

Best of all, no crampons or ice axes are needed during the summer months. Not that there isn’t a price: this steep trail climbs 3,000 feet in 3.7 miles. But the reward is some of the most spectacular views in Alaska, with incredible vistas over endless plains of glacial ice punctuated by dozens of nunataks—isolated, conical rocky peaks that protrude through the ice and rise several hundred feet above it. No surprise that Harding is a popular day hike. But very few visitors continue past the first major overlooks."

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Trail Information

Seward
Nearby City
10.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1-2 days
Duration
Kenai Fjords National Park, (907) 224-7500; nps.gov/kefj
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