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Exit Glacier

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Hike up the well-maintained path to the top of the glacier.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Exit Glacier Road, Kenai Fjords National Park, AK 99664
+1 907-422-0500
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We took the 2 pm ranger guided hike with Ranger Taylor (from San Luis Obispo). It was pouring rain but the tour is run pretty much in any weather. It was a 3 mile hike with stops along the way for Taylor to provide current...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank owassokie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hiked Exit Glacier and what a phenomenal experience that was on so many levels. First there was the drive to the start, where signs indicated where the glacier HAD been at different points in history, beginning in the 1860s. So, you could easily see...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank KGTraveler_13
Reviewed November 27, 2018

This is a "Must-see" for all visitors to Alaska. First, you can actually touch a glacier! Second, as you follow the path to it you will see marker posts with 4 digits on the sign board.Those digits represent the Year (C.E.) the face of Exit...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank WestTrekker
Reviewed October 31, 2018

There were multiple routes to view this glacier and its effects on the environment. I enjoyed seeing both the up-close view of a living glacier, as well as the river bed runoff from its melt. My tip to everyone is pay attention to the year...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 494amys
Reviewed October 19, 2018

We walked to Glacier outlook first. It takes about 45 min from the parking lot. It is heartbreaking to see how much the glacier has receded in the past 15-20 years. The year markers get shorter and shorter. Glacier outlook is exactly that! To get...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank archanan2016
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately, both days I was in the area it was raining, but I didn’t want to miss it so I went anyway. When I arrived at 10am, there was only one other car and the Visitor Center was closed. The path however was easy to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TheCureforCuriosity
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

When you first hit the trail head towards Exit, it says it’ll take about 2 hours round trip to meet the glacier. It took us about an hour round trip (and we’re not in the best of shape lol). It’s a short hike with a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank HappyTreesforBob
Reviewed September 26, 2018

The hike to the lookout point is easy, I'll give it that (although, i'm not sure how many alaskan travelers are looking for "easy" but anyway), but eh? You can't walk towards the glacier (at least when I was there), and the place for pictures...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 536adamd
Reviewed September 25, 2018

Easy hike up to Glacier and back-first part is flat, paved path, rest is well marked, pretty gentle/easy climbs, well trodden path. Great views, interesting info along way. Would be a good hike for anyone-even families with younger children. Very interesting to see historical retreat...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank cmark2017
Reviewed September 24, 2018

Only about 1.4 miles, starting pretty flat then heads up but easy. It highlights where the glacier used to be starting in the 1800’s. Shocking how much it has receded (or melted), a real eye opener! Regrettably does not allow dogs on the trail. Take...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Christopher R
June 19, 2018|
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Response from Kristie E | Reviewed this property |
I just did this last week. I am 51, in average shape/fitness, but slightly overweight. I did have to stop and catch my breath a few times (as my teenagers rolled their eyes at me) but had no real trouble making it as far... More
May 8, 2018|
Response from MichiCorleone |
I was last week. I have parked on the lot near the visitor Center. The trail was in good condition and free from ice or snow.
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June 5, 2016|
Response from glacierlady |
You need to drive 15 miles NW of Seward to get to Exit Glacier and the trails. The road dead ends there. There is no way of knowing how many people will be there at any given time..rainy days will have less.