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Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park

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Geologic Formation · Hiking Trail
The terminus of Exit Glacier can be accessed on foot and by car. The driving road closes in heavy snows but stays open to snowmobiles and other recreational winter vehicles. The accessibility of the hiking trails, some of which lead onto this glacier inside Kenai Fjords National Park, makes this attraction one of the most popular glaciers. You can take a ranger-guided tour here daily. Take a look at our Kenai Fjords National Park visit planner to schedule your visit to Exit Glacier and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Relatively easy hike up to the Exit Glacier view point. Path is paved part of the way but does required hiking on some rocks. We saw all variety of people doing this hike. If you decide to hike the...  more »
  • Lovely hike that while wasn't overly challenging it did get our heart rates up (we did NOT hike up to the icefield, just to the overlook). Gorgeous scenery, especially with seeing a bald eagle...  more »
  • The US National Parks are amazing. Kenai Fjords and Exit Glacier are some of the best of the entire Park system. Do the hike to the Glacier overlook. It's a great view of the Glacier from the bottom.  more »
  • Awesome stop, it was smoky when I went from fires, but it’s beautiful. Lots of trails to hike for all levels. The sign along the way display where the glacier was at various years and serves as an excellent visual reminder of the effects of climate change.
  • Love it! We hiked to the Meadows 1/2 way up. 1000 ft climb but lots of perfect views to rest! I'm 62 and it didn't kill me! Really loved it!
  • Happy and sad at the same time. Sad to see glacier receding A LOT in just a few years - see photos with 2005, 1917 to see the coverage then and now. The trail is great, wide expansive vistas, mesmerizing views.
  • Beautiful views of a retreating glacier that is a must visit when you are in Alaska. Does get colder on the cruise so do get an additional layer before you hop on.
  • It's a nice short hike to the glacier. We spent 2-3 hrs overall and hiked down to the glacier. However, if you're planning on seeing glaciers via a cruise or some other means then I won't recommend this. We saw a much bigger glacier on our cruise next day, although we didn't get as close as in the case of Exit glacier.

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