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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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Jacksonville, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This is a hard hiking. It is 8 miles round trip with elevation and hiking in the snow. You better have waterproof shoes on. We bought a bell ring and ended up not using it coz there are always people on the trail. No need to worry. The end of the trail is breathtaking. Really worth the effort to get... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

As an Army veteran, I have traveled around the world. But knowing that this was a part of the United States that most Americans will never see left me sad. It was incredible. The trail to the Icefield starts at the bottom of the Kenai Fords Park with a great view of the glacier. There were a few signs warning... More

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I've been to Alaska twice and have hit the trail on both trips. It will definitely kick your rear end, but so worth it! The views are amazing and the ice field expanse at the top is absolutely awe-inspring. Hike is rough on the way up but I think the pain on the way down from my exhausted legs was... More

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

My fiance and I went on the trail after a 6 hour Kenai Fjord tour. We started the hike around 3pm and got back around 9:30pm. This trail is definitely rough. We probably wanted to give up about 10 times. However, there were quite a few hikers on the trail, and they were all very encouraging. We did make it... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

(This review is to let those who may be hiking this know what its like if the weather is bad) When we started the hike it was really cloudy and raining. Considering it takes some time to get to the top we decided to go for it considering we only had 3 days in Seward. Its a pretty strenuous hike... More

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Philadelphia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

What a great hike. Yes, it is strenuous, but worth it. Within the first 20 minutes of the hike we were all down to shorts and t-shirts for the rest of the day. It was an all day hike, all the way down to the glacier and back. The glacier is an additional 40 minutes all down hill on loose... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

The trail's challenging, but perfect, since the views and even the vegetation are constantly changing. Go at least to the Top of the Cliffs, where you have 360 views from above Exit Glacier, below the Harding Ice Field. Take normal bear precautions and plan plenty of time. You'll doubtless want to go farther than you originally planned.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We decided to do this hike after reading the many reviews. Up front let me say this was a great hike and in hindsight we enjoyed it thoroughly and would highly recommend anybody reading this to give it a go to at least Marmot Meadows to get a fantastic view of the Exit Glacier. I say in hindsight because it... More

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Santa Monica, California
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5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This was a great hike up to the top of the mountain to see the Harding Ice Field. According to the National Park service it is 8.2 miles but boy does it feel like more! Definitely recommend bringing plenty of water, snacks and layers as the weather changes rather quickly and it gets a lot cooler as you ascend. There... More

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Olney, Maryland
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13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Our cruise ship was stuck in Seward with engine problems but this hike was the silver lining. In fact, it is now on my top five hikes ever and I have hiked a lot of places. It is challenging, even for someone in decent shape, with a great payoff. We did the hike in under 5 hours because we had... More

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