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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 marker signs starting on the road outside the park (1815). The signs continue throughout the glacier trail and mark the retreat of the ice flow across the decades/ centuries up to present day. Amazing to see the power of nature and recovery at work!

Thank 494amys
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 a better sense of scale we hiked to Marmot Meadows which is part of the Ice harding trial. This take about 2-3 hours to complete. After gaining a lot of elevation overlooking pretty much nothing, we finally begin to see the glacier. Marmot meadows is a cute little spot to get an idea of how MASSIVE Exit Glacier is. It was slightly chilly when we went, but nothing too crazy was needed in early October.

Thank archanan2016
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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 follow and obviously empty. As I neared the glacier overlook area, the path became a running stream making me choose between carrying on or turning around. Ultimately, I pushed on carefully bouncing around the stream and the views were well worth it even though this short hike became an adventure hike through small waterfalls and muddy paths. It’s one of the few glaciers I’ve seen that is actually blue and not just dirty.

As a tip (if it’s raining): I learned on the way back that there are 2 ways to reach the glacier Overlook. One goes up the main trail (very flooded) and the other one goes up from the washout trail and is not nearly as wet, muddy, or flooded. Take that one if it’s raining hard!

Thank TheCureforCuriosity
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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 gradual uphill slope that you can easily accomplish so it is great for all ages. It was a surprisingly warm day when we went (almost 77 degrees and very sunny) so dress in layers! The only somewhat disappointing part of Exit is to see how much it’s regressed due to the markers they have stating where the glacier was that year. It’s unfortunate to see how much it’s diminished and makes you question it’s future, but also gives you motivation to want to make a change! Don’t miss it while you can see it!

1  Thank HappyTreesforBob
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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 is still sorta far and it just didn't look that impressive from where we were or in pictures. It's not like the hike was 5 minutes too, it's a solid hour back and forth, and a good 30 minute drive off the highway, so if you're in a hurry i say SKIP it.

Now maybe if you take a big hike towards the top it's worth it, but the basic hike...again...skip it.

Matanuska glacier, you can actually wlak around on the ice and it looks less dirty and a lot more fun things to see and touch.

Thank Adam D
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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 of this glacier-it's sad to see.

1  Thank cmark2017
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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 a jacket even if the weather is warm in the parking lot, as the wind picks up near the top and temps drop.

Thank Karen P
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Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

At first let me tell you one thing. Global Warming is NOT HOAX. The glacier is amazong by itself but they have signs how big it was in certain years... Its terrifying... Otherwise they have many trails of glacier overlook (from very easy to one of the most strenuous in Alaska (Harding Ice Field)).

Thank Jan Č
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

We arrived on a cruise ship & dropped our luggage at our hotel in Seward. I had scheduled a 10:30 pickup from Exit Glacier Shuttle. We tried to move up our pick up time but they were already booked. We walked along the water through the camping area for an hour & then got on our shuttle. We did the basic trail to the glacier & then hiked up to Marmot Meadows. It was pretty strenuous getting to that point ( we'd wanted to do the entire hike but were nervous about timing with the shuttle & also afraid it might be too much for us). The trail was really wet & slippery so we really had to watch our footing. Bring layers because it was cool & really raining but we got pretty warm hiking uphill. We made noise for bears but didn't see any. There were other people on the trail but it wasn't crowded. It was hard on my knees coming back down but it was a good hike. We got back an hour before our shuttle & luckily they had room for 2 so we didn't have to wait another hour.

Thank heatherminier
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Reviewed September 4, 2018

The walk to Marmot Meadow is about 2 miles (3.2 km) from the car park to the look out point, with a climb of about 1300 ft (~400 m) took us, all over 60, about one hour 30 minutes and the walk back about an hour, on a sunny still day. But we were passed by many younger people on the way up, so this is not really a strenuous hike. It does, however, demand some effort and the trail could be treacherous in the wet.

It is a lovely walk, mostly shady, and the view of the glacier from Marmot Meadows make the effort worthwhile.

Do make sure you have adequate kit, at least some layers of warm clothing and a good rainproof jacket, as well as enough water and trail snacks.

Bears and moose could be a problem, but we did not see any. Just be sensible as you would with any large wild animals

If you do not feel up to making the climb to Marmot Meadows, there is a much shorter, flat circular trail in the valley. The signs say that this trail is suitable for wheel chairs

The drive, about 12 miles (20 km) from Seward, with the last 7 miles (11 km) on the dedicated Exit Glacier access road is scenic. There is a restaurant that advertises cheap beer and lousy food at the turnoff from Highway 9, but I cannot comment on this because we did not stop.

Definitely a must if you have half a day free in Seward

Thank Chris181054
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