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Harding Ice Field Trail

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Great hiking experience for the whole family

We hiked the trail in mid-July. We started out late in the early afternoon. Due to the long day light hours in the summer of Alaska, we made it back before it was getting dark... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Orange County, California
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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We hiked the trail in mid-July. We started out late in the early afternoon. Due to the long day light hours in the summer of Alaska, we made it back before it was getting dark. The trail is not easy but manageable. Our 9 to 13 year-old kids and their 75 year-old grandma made all the way to the ice... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Harding Ice Field Trail is a well traveled trail during the tourist season so you don't have to be afraid of being isolated. This also makes you feel safer with regards to running into wildlife. I'd still recommend bear spray (out and ready to use). The path is well marked and in good condition but you will have to... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Hiking out to the Ice Field was pretty strenuous. We took our time and stopped for all the beautiful views and to view the animals on the way (Marmot and mountain goats). Once out on the Ice Field we had lunch and climbed around the various slopes to get different looks at the glacier. All in all it took us... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We often hike 10+ mile trails and have done several trails with this much elevation change in the last couple years, but this trail is no joke. This is a very steep trail which makes going up quite a slog, and going down can be pretty painful on the joints. We had sore quads for a couple days afterward. Definitely... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We hiked this trail with our 10 and 8 year old children. We were very lucky that the weather was perfect. I actually planned our Alaskan trip around this hike. I had initially wanted to come to Alaska a few years ago. But knowing that our kids wouldn’t be able to make the hike, I decided to put off our... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This was a very tough hike (6 hours round trip) with the first half being very steep uphills, and therefore the return being steep downhills. Even though our legs and knees were sore at the end of the day, this was a phenomenal hike. Along the trail the scenery constantly changes- woodlands, alpine meadows, mountains, glaciers, and finally at the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This was the #1 activity I wanted to do during my trip to Alaska and it totally lived up to my expectations. The hike is around 8.5 miles and took about 5 hours. I hiked up to the emergency shelter and then made my way down. You gain about 2,800 feet in elevation on the way up, so it was... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

This is a day long hike of about 8 miles roundtrip. The first section has very little gradient and you can see the toe of the glacier. If you are lucky, you can also hear it calve. The second section of the hike is a little more strenous and takes you to the cliffside from where you can see the... More 

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

I am a hiker and have hiked quite a bit. And this is the most beautiful trail we've done on this Alaska trip and we are so glad we did it. You get to see Exit glacier pretty close although you still can't walk over onto it and the ice field at the end of the trail is mind-blowing. Plenty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is a very rigorous, full day round trip hike for the average person. It is about 4.5 miles from the Exit Glacier parking lot to the end of the trail just past the Emergency hut. Its about 3100 feet of elevation gain from the bottom to the top, and the temperature varies significantly. Regardless of the temperature at the... More 

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