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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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MD
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

As a middle-aged, moderately in shape person, I was initially a bit reluctant to follow my sister and brother-in-law who wanted to relive their youth. They had done the trail more than 17 years ago and wanted to see if it had changed. This was by far the hardest and most strenous hike I have ever done. For those of... More

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New York City, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

it is a strenuous 9 miles round trip hike from visit center to the top, but the rewarding view and animals along the path is worth the effort. we hiked in a rainy day with 2 kids (7 and 9 yrs old). it is not easy but we made it to the top. We saw a herd of mountain goats... More

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Chicago
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Harding Ice Field Trail is a moderate to strenuous hike. If you are planning to hike the entire trail, I recommend good hiking boots (the trail had muddy patches, wet rocks and roots, patches of small rocks, patches of snow, and a couple of easy stream crossings) to make it a more pleasant journey. Much of the hike is... More

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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141 reviews 141 reviews
50 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is at the other end of the scale when comparing to Exit Glacier. It is a long walk with almost a constant uphill incline. You will need a good 5-6 hours for the whole trip depending how long you spend at the top. Children will find it challenging. Is it worth it ? For us yes. This is one... More

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Hamburg, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This hike is hard. The guide books said 8 miles, my pedometer read 11.5 miles. You do not need hiking boots or poles but the hike is moderately difficult. It is a long hike uphill but worth it in the end. The last mile up is the easiest. Take plenty of breaks and pace yourself. It took roughly three hours... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
24 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I would go with a ranger if I ever did this again. I kind of felt nervous during some of it with it's drop off's and a 6 year old with no attention span

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Yokneam Moshava
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231 reviews 231 reviews
177 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

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
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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