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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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Kingston, TN
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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Midland, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I wanted to put out a review during a rainy day since that's the weather travelers very well might expect in this area of Alaska. We thought we'd do it anyway because we're not the type to sit inside, and the reviews for this trail were so great, I thought why not? First off, this trail is strenuous. We're both... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This was a challenging but rewarding hike. We are an almost-30-year-old couple who are pretty active. We made it to the top in a bit under 2.5 hours and took our time coming down in about 2 hours (5 hours round-trip including lunch at the top). We saw people of all ages and apparent levels of fitness on the trail.... More

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Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
23 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is one of those things that, if you're in the area, is a must-do. I hiked to the top in one hour, 25 minutes - but it is a tough, steep climb and would take most people longer. Take plenty of water, have a warm layer for when you get to the top. wear proper hiking shoes or boots... More

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Woodinville, Washington, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Best trail we hiked in Alaska. The views are great all along the trail and the ice field is amazing.

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MD
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

As a middle-aged, moderately in shape person, I was initially a bit reluctant to follow my sister and brother-in-law who wanted to relive their youth. They had done the trail more than 17 years ago and wanted to see if it had changed. This was by far the hardest and most strenous hike I have ever done. For those of... More

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New York City, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

it is a strenuous 9 miles round trip hike from visit center to the top, but the rewarding view and animals along the path is worth the effort. we hiked in a rainy day with 2 kids (7 and 9 yrs old). it is not easy but we made it to the top. We saw a herd of mountain goats... More

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Chicago
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Harding Ice Field Trail is a moderate to strenuous hike. If you are planning to hike the entire trail, I recommend good hiking boots (the trail had muddy patches, wet rocks and roots, patches of small rocks, patches of snow, and a couple of easy stream crossings) to make it a more pleasant journey. Much of the hike is... More

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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141 reviews 141 reviews
50 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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

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