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Harding Ice Field Trail

Address: Kenai Fjords National Park, AK
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Type: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
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Type: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
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Elida, Ohio
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We did this hike in early June, on a sunny pleasant day. Great views, a variety of terrain to pass thru and UP HILL! Take snacks, a lunch for the top and water you will need them all! This was one of the best hikes we did in Alaska. Well worth the effort it took. Set your own pace and... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Awesome hike, views not so great as was drizzling. A must do if visiting Alaska. Knees hated me for two days, but worth it and look forward to doing it again on a dry day. Proper footwear for hiking a must and dress in layers that you can add or remove. Bring snacks and water.

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Palo Alto, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The views along the way are lovely and if you can't do the full hike, it's worth going part of the way for nice close ups of Exit Glacier and possible wildlife (we saw mountain goats, apparently bears are common too but we didn't see any). The view you get at the end of the trail of the Harding Icefield... More 

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Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This hike is fairly long and tiring but I wouldn't really consider it that difficult. We did more challenging hikes in our trip to Alaska (Bird Ridge comes to mind), I think with enough time anyone in moderately decent shape could do this hike and enjoy it. The views in every direction are stunning, the glacier, the ice field, the... More 

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Kingston, TN
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is a STRENUOUS HIKE, at least 8.4 miles RT with an elevation gain of over 3,000 feet! We (couple in our mid 60's) started out on the Saturday morning (9:00) ranger-led hike with 44 people! However, there is really no need to go with a ranger since the trail is well marked. We weren't able to keep the fast... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

There are various descriptions of how long this hike is. According to my experience, the trail head is 0.4 miles from the visitor center, and the trail is 3.9 miles one way. So in total it’s 8.6 miles from the visitor center. There is also a little over 3000 feet elevation gain from the visitor center to the end of... More 

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Midland, Michigan
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I wanted to put out a review during a rainy day since that's the weather travelers very well might expect in this area of Alaska. We thought we'd do it anyway because we're not the type to sit inside, and the reviews for this trail were so great, I thought why not? First off, this trail is strenuous. We're both... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This was a challenging but rewarding hike. We are an almost-30-year-old couple who are pretty active. We made it to the top in a bit under 2.5 hours and took our time coming down in about 2 hours (5 hours round-trip including lunch at the top). We saw people of all ages and apparent levels of fitness on the trail.... More 

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Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
23 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is one of those things that, if you're in the area, is a must-do. I hiked to the top in one hour, 25 minutes - but it is a tough, steep climb and would take most people longer. Take plenty of water, have a warm layer for when you get to the top. wear proper hiking shoes or boots... More 

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Woodinville, Washington, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Best trail we hiked in Alaska. The views are great all along the trail and the ice field is amazing.

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