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Harding Ice Field Trail

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

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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Anchorage
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The hike to the Harding Ice Field was very pleasant. We started in the forest, and climbed to a prairie where we saw beautiful flowers and marmots. We finally reached the top with no vegetation and a very nice view over the glacier. The hike is not that hard if you are an active person. I would advise to start... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We did this hike mid-August. The NP service recommended 6-8 hours (which might be reasonable in winter), however we had a pretty full on day and only 4 hours to do the hike. Given the description of the track as steep, we decided that two hours up (it is 6.2km one way) was reasonable. We are all reasonalby fit people,... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The Harding Ice Field is quite a hike. It's about 4 miles one way, and climbs almost 3,500 ft. There are no facilities along the way, so be prepared with enough water, food and clothing. Dress in layers. Whatever you pack in, pack out. The first part of the hike up the cliffs can be hot and is challenging. Not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We did the trail hiking in August. There is no much snow so you can easily reach the end with just normal hiking shoes. I love the Marmot Meadows.

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Middletown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Wonderful visitor center w hands on activities for everyone - great explanations of the wonders of a glacier - maps are available - and suggested hikes - on a paved trail or going up - on the long hike - rangers are the best !! A shout out for ranger John who explained the river milky color - and saw... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Incredible experience and with climate change...who knows how long this experience will last. The hike is a little strenuous but take your time and take hiking poles and you won't regret it. We were in Alaska for 2 months, and this was one of the highlights!

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