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Harding Ice Field Trail

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Address: Kenai Fjords National Park, AK
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife

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Awesome Views - Welcome to Alaska

It is an awesome Hike, hard and rough, but it is worth it and not so worse as you are at least a bit in shape. We were in a group at four and it took as 5,5 hours roundtrip with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It is an awesome Hike, hard and rough, but it is worth it and not so worse as you are at least a bit in shape. We were in a group at four and it took as 5,5 hours roundtrip with stops in total of an hour!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Rough. I am not sure if past reviewers are super athletic or hike on high elevation gain trails a lot. This was honestly one of the most difficult hikes I've ever done in my life. I'm a beginner to moderate hiker, and I will preface this review by stating that I'm slightly overweight but I'm extremely active. I'm chubs, but... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Every step is worth it. You can experience walking through a forest which converts to a beautiful meadow where you get a glimpse of the exit glacier. Then you climb all the way to the top of the cliffs, and through plenty of snow covered fields. Tips: (1) We met a ranger who showed us mountain goats sitting in a... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I don't think we realized how tough of a hike it was going to be until we were halfway through. At times it's physically challenging, but then there was also the anxiety of black bears that probably made it worse. That being said, you have do it if you're able. The views of the glacier and valley are breathtaking, and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I looked forward to this hike long before our visit. But I wasn’t sure if we would make it due to the changing weather in Seward. We were extremely lucky – our three days in Seward there wasn’t a single drop. Anyway we started this trail late in the day, probably at about 4pm. Surprisingly there weren’t a lot people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This was a tough trail for myself who is not an avid hiker. I was also being passed by younger locals who were not breaking a sweat. The views definitely got better above treeline. There's a cliff over look at mile 2.4 thats a good spot to have lunch. I don't recommend this hike for the first timer, unless they... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The trail is really great. It take us 8 hr round trip include our rest time at the end of trail. The first half is quite easy until you reach marmot meadow it seems more tough for me. Be prepare to walk in snow, cross tiny creek, climb up hill and take awesome view up there. I saw a mountain... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Bring at least 2-3 liters of water per person and wear waterproof shoes (for hiking in snow, not the weather). From the parking lot to the top, back down, then to the view of the glacier at the bottom and back to the parking lot is 10.2 miles and took us (27/28yo m/f) 5.5 hrs including a half hour at... More 

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Grapevine, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The hike is not an easy one so be prepared and wear good hiking boots. You'll be trekking through snow. Also, if you're going all the way, make sure that you have layers and gloves in your pack. Once you get about 3/4 of the way up, it's FREEZING! There are so many great views of Exit Glacier along the... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We started the hike, thinking we'd only get to the base of the glacier. We ended up going all the way to the top and loved every minute of it. The last mile and a half we had to plough through quite a bit of snow, but with poles and hiking boots that's perfectly doable. The view up top is... More 

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