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Harding Ice Field Trail

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Address: Kenai Fjords National Park, AK
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As far as one hike can take a person

The Harding Icefield Trail takes a person from a gorgeous valley by America's most accessible glacier to a giant dreamlike realm of Pleistocene ice burying a mountain range up to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Harding Icefield Trail takes a person from a gorgeous valley by America's most accessible glacier to a giant dreamlike realm of Pleistocene ice burying a mountain range up to its peaks. In all my hiking I have never gone as far in so few miles. The hike leaves from Exit Glacier and climbs through a cottonwood/alder forest, then one... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the most challenging trails I've hiked. I'm a fit person who runs marathons and my friends likes to climb stairs and this trail wore us out. It was really hot and we were not prepared for that as we had brought layers and had worn jeans and a t-shirt. We saw people in shorts and envied them. It's... More 

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Independence, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Come prepared with layers, water and snacks. The trail was well maintained but steep! It took my wife and I 6 hours total hike time. There are streams to refill your water bottles bit make sure to filter, even though it's cold it can still contain bacteria and other nasties you don't want to take with you. Nothing like drinks... More 

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San Carlos, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful hike on a warm, sunny afternoon. You have to get to the base of "The Cliffs"--about 2 miles into the hike--before your first view of the glacier, but the lush greenery and views of surrounding mountains before then makes for pleasant hiking. From that first view to the top, you go from seeing the glacier from the middle to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is on top of my trail list after so many hikings in 25 national parks. The hike is a little strenuous but Not too much. It was a breath taking moment when you reached top of glacier point. It was a fantastic open view of the whole icefield. Feels like you are in heaven. Continued is snow trail to... More 

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

BREATHTAKING. I was told that this hike was not to miss. It is one of the finest hike in seward alaska. The hike is 4 miles each way with an elevant gain of 4000 feet. So you gain 1000 feet each mile. I interval trained so I did OK with the hike iself, but I did not get to go... More 

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North Canton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the hike in mid June. The trail was not open beyond Top of Cliffs because of deep snow and avalanche dangers. However, it was still worth it. The views were awesome and it was a very nice day. I definitely recommend and hope to make it back on a future vacation to be able to go all the... More 

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Anchorage
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

This is one of the best day hikes you can imagine. It's steady uphill, but worth every step. Go late in the summer, on a nice day. The view of the Harding Ice Field is extraordinary. Mountain goats...possibly bears.

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016

We loved loved this hike. It's a very beautiful hike and the types of vegetation keeps changing through out the hike. We did the hike in mid July and parts of the hike is very hot, make sure you dress in layers. Take lots of water with you and make sure you have sunscreen with you. It's a must hike... More 

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

We hiked the trail in mid-July. We started out late in the early afternoon. Due to the long day light hours in the summer of Alaska, we made it back before it was getting dark. The trail is not easy but manageable. Our 9 to 13 year-old kids and their 75 year-old grandma made all the way to the ice... More 

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