Alaskan Glaciers II: Hiking to Exit Glacier

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.

The base of Exit Glacier through the rain
The base of Exit Glacier through the rain

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.

Exit Glacier forest trail
Exit Glacier trail
Waterfalls and great scenery Exit Glacier forest trail Alaska
Waterfalls and great scenery
Kenai Mountains Alaska
The beautiful Kenai Mountains
Exit Glacier Trail
Great views

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.

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The glacier appears
Exit Glacier, Alaska
Exit Glacier
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The fog rolls in
Blue ice Exit Glacier Alaska
Blue ice
Exit Glacier Alaska
Great view

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.

Exit Glacier Alaska
Call of the wild
Alaska Exit Glacier
Grand Alaska
Exit Glacier Alaska
It is great that such a beautiful place is so accessible

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Girl Gone Expat says:

    Great pictures! We did this hike when we visited Alaska as part of our honeymoon late last summer, and the hike and view was amazing! We did however plan it to a sunny day, which was quite nice as well:) Even saw three black bears higher up in the mountain sides:)

    1. Deano says:

      Sounds good. Unfortunately sunny days were few and far between during my time in Seward. Most people were going stir crazy sitting around. Not for me, had to get out regardless of the weather! 🙂

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