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9 Breathtaking Things to Do in Seward Alaska » Local Adventurer

3. Visit Exit Glacier

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Exit Glacier is the only accessible area of ​​Kenai Fjords National Park. A highlight is the hike to Exit Glacier Lookout, an easy 2.2-mile trail. The glacier has receded quite a bit, so we have to do some more hiking. Along the way there are markers that indicate the year and where the glacier was. Our new friend on this trip, Valerie, showed us photos from 2015 and her 2022 (shown below). It’s chilling to see how much the glacier has melted.

It is recommended to take the right fork on the way to the exit Glacier Overlook and walk towards the Outwash Plane on the way back. again, Harding Icefield Trail far challenging hike,in short 9.2 miles round trip There was 3641 feet of elevation gain, but due to time constraints, we opted for a shorter hike.

It is open all year round, but it is closed from late October/early November to early May due to snow. Accessible by snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing, fat biking, and cross-country skiing.

Local tips: There is a drawer on the left side of the road here as you drive towards the exit glacier. Stop by to see what the visibility is like. If you can’t see the glacier in the distance, it’s probably not worth the hike.

Pro tip: I didn’t encounter mosquitoes anywhere else, but here I got a lot of mosquito bites. Don’t forget your bug spray. Keep this insect bite aspirator handy if you’re even a little worried. It works best right after chewing.

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