Learn about this unique and perpetually changing glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park on this easy hike.
Harding Icefield Hike
Private, Guided Hiking Tour
- 2 Guests Per person
- 3 Guests Per person
- 4 - 6 Guests Per person
- Parties of more than 6, please call to book.
Hike the Harding Icefield Trail in Kenai Fjords National Park
Few scenes in the world compare to the view across the frozen expanse of the 700-square-mile Harding Icefield. Sharp nunataks (lone peaks) break the white horizon, glaciers spill from the ice field’s edge, and mountains fill the frame in every direction.
You’ll be impressed by the sheer power of the place and the fleeting nature of this precarious landscape in a changing world. You’ll also gain a sense of accomplishment reaching the end of the trail; but even if you don’t go all the way, this high alpine trek will take you through wildflower-strewn meadows, offer the chance to spot mountain wildlife (like marmots, goats, and black bears), and grant you a new perspective on the shifting natural world.
As the only land-accessible glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, Exit Glacier draws many visitors for its unparalleled scenery. The Harding Icefield Trail starts near the Exit Glacier area and ascends alongside the glacier with spectacular views of its crevasses and moraines (glacial deposits). We’ll start early in the morning to beat the crowds.
- Tackle the park’s most challenging and iconic day hike, paralleling Exit Glacier
- Reward yourself with views over the 700-square mile Harding Icefield
- Keep an eye out for wildlife and wildflowers along the way
- Positive attitude
- Day hiking pack (can be provided if needed)
- Rain jacket & rain pants (can be provided if needed)
- Warm synthetic layers
- Warm wool socks
- Hiking boots or sneakers
- Refillable water bottle
- Professional guide
- AK climate change Info
- Hiking poles (if desired)
- Day hiking pack (if needed)
- Transportation between our shop in downtown Seward and trailhead
- Snacks & hot drinks
This hike can be done on your own, but if you’d like to learn from a knowledgeable guide, let us take care of the logistics, and increase your climate change literacy + knowledge of this area, please join us!