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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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Gorgeous hike

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... read more

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

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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Washington, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The first section of this trail is strenuous with several scrambles up rock piles, but the trail is well marked and the views are tremendous at the Top of the Cliffs. At this point in June, the trail is still completely snow covered and treacherous above Top of the Cliffs. We went most of the way to the top before... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We hiked this trail at the end of May. Spring is in the progress and everything is delicately green on the bottom and covered with snow at Marmot point. The hike involves physical activity. You will have to hike up, up and up, sometime climb stones, crossing small streams (so many little waterfalls on the way) The views are gorgeous... More 

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Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We hiked the Harding Icefield trail on a saturday so we could join a free guided rangerwalk. Rangers Joey and Debby took very good care of us. It is a strenuous hike (roundtrip 8.2 miles) but worth every drop of sweat. (you can always go back but I would recommend at least going to Top of Cliffs) The views you... More 

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Elida, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We did this hike in early June, on a sunny pleasant day. Great views, a variety of terrain to pass thru and UP HILL! Take snacks, a lunch for the top and water you will need them all! This was one of the best hikes we did in Alaska. Well worth the effort it took. Set your own pace and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

Awesome hike, views not so great as was drizzling. A must do if visiting Alaska. Knees hated me for two days, but worth it and look forward to doing it again on a dry day. Proper footwear for hiking a must and dress in layers that you can add or remove. Bring snacks and water.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The views along the way are lovely and if you can't do the full hike, it's worth going part of the way for nice close ups of Exit Glacier and possible wildlife (we saw mountain goats, apparently bears are common too but we didn't see any). The view you get at the end of the trail of the Harding Icefield... More 

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Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This hike is fairly long and tiring but I wouldn't really consider it that difficult. We did more challenging hikes in our trip to Alaska (Bird Ridge comes to mind), I think with enough time anyone in moderately decent shape could do this hike and enjoy it. The views in every direction are stunning, the glacier, the ice field, the... More 

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Kingston, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is a STRENUOUS HIKE, at least 8.4 miles RT with an elevation gain of over 3,000 feet! We (couple in our mid 60's) started out on the Saturday morning (9:00) ranger-led hike with 44 people! However, there is really no need to go with a ranger since the trail is well marked. We weren't able to keep the fast... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

There are various descriptions of how long this hike is. According to my experience, the trail head is 0.4 miles from the visitor center, and the trail is 3.9 miles one way. So in total it’s 8.6 miles from the visitor center. There is also a little over 3000 feet elevation gain from the visitor center to the end of... More 

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