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Harding Ice Field Trail

Kenai Fjords National Park, AK
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
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Yokneam Moshava
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231 reviews 231 reviews
177 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

What a fantastic experience. At first you see the 'top' of the exit glacier, high above. It's quite difficult to imagine, that soon enough you'll be getting real close to this altitude, and then when the trees phase out and later disappear completely, you'll continue climbing the trail, gaining more and more altitude and amazing views of the glacier top,... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This trip is very strenuous (well, depending on how fit one is). Both my wife and I are not in great shape and for us it was brutal. It took us 8.5 hrs total. But it was worth it! Things to bring: 1.Plenty of water 2.Light lunch (I was so tired and thirsty, all I could eat was an energy... More

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Christiansburg, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Like the saying goes, "nothing worth doing is easy." We had hiked part of this trail the day before to go ice hiking on the glacier with Exit Glacier Guides (totally recommend it), so if that didn't wear us out, this hike certainly did the trick. I mean, DO NOT attempt this without trekking poles. I know, I know, you... More

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Austin, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

make sure to take lots of water, food for snacks, and take lots of pictures. Took 7 hours round trip, saw bears, mountain goats, eagles, waterfalls, and amazing valley views.

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Houston, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

When I was reading trip advisor before this hike, what I most wanted to know was "will i be able to do this hike?" So here is my activity level: I don't work our or exercise, except for one week a year when my brother and I take active summer trips. I'm average weight and height, and 26 years old.... More

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Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Such an incredible hike ... I've done many trails, and this one is truly spectacular! Warning, it is a grunt. A 3000 foot elevation gain and lots of pounding on the way down. But definitely worth every moment! I agree with others - a walking stick will be a huge benefit especially on the way down. The trail can be... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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76 reviews 76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

If you are up for a steep, beautiful hike, you will be handsomely rewarded on this trail. Park rangers will advise 8 hours of travel time, but anyone in good shape can easily complete in 5 hours, including stop time for photos and snacks. The top of this climb is absolutely stunning, and was emotionally moving for me. The vastness... More

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Seward, Alaska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

For older folk like myself, I recommend walking sticks. They really help more coming down than going up but well worth the money for hiking many trails in Seward

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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was one of the best hikes in my life. It is relatively strenuous (6-8 hours round trip), the path goes first through a forest, then you get out to meadows and finally you find yourself walking through snow. The view from the top is rewarding. I recommend going extra steps to sit away from other tourists and enjoy spectacular... More

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New York City, New York
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26 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The hike up to the Harding Glacier was very beautiful, well worth the effort. It was less than a mile away (we only hiked to the edge of the glacier), and most of it was an easy walk (there were some steep steps) with pleasant views. The glacier itself is amazing, so cool to be that close to a glacier.... More

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