A cold, wet Alaskan day. What better thing to do than hike up to Exit Glacier in the Kenai Mountains right near the town of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. The glacier is part of the Harding Icefield which covers 1,813 square kilometres / 700 square miles of these mountains. The name of the glacier arose as it was the place where the first documented group to cross the icefield made their exit in 1968.
To get to Exit Glacier is an easy drive or you can take an inexpensive shuttle bus from Seward to the National Parks visitor centre near the glacier. From here you start the hike up the trail to either the base of the glacier or up into the mountains through a forest trail for a closer view above the glacier and eventually on the to the Harding Icefield. Guided tours can provide a way to also set foot on the glacier itself.
I made my way up the trail in constant rain and rolling fog. The weather wasn’t ideal but eventual breaks in the rain and fog brought out the sun and some spectacular views of the glacier and surrounding mountains.
At an area of 6.4 km / 4 miles Exit Glacier is an impressive sight and well worth getting soaked for! Be sure to put a visit to the glacier on your list of things to do in the Kenai Peninsula.