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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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Edinburgh, Scotland
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141 reviews 141 reviews
50 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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

Hamburg, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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

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

Yokneam Moshava
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231 reviews 231 reviews
177 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 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

Cary, North Carolina
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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

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

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.

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

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

Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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76 reviews 76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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