Exit Glacier
Exit Glacier
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Hike up the well-maintained path to the top of the glacier.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Kleime
    504 contributions
    Cool seeing a Glacier
    Drove in the dark to arrive and hike the trail to Exit Glacier at dawn and we were the only people there. The trail is easy except for one part that you have to climb up on some black rocks. From there you could go through a field to another hill top. The Glacier has receded through the years and I don't think that trail took you right up to it. We had some good views of the Glacier along our trail. We were pressed on time so we ended our hike probably around 4 miles and turned back. We didn't see any wild life, but the board on the ranger building said that someone saw a moose hiking yesterday and someone else saw a bear yesterday. It was pouring down rain for part of our hike and the streams were flowing fast and high. We had to cross one stream on a board and when we were coming back through the water was higher. The best view of the Glacier was from a look out pull over coming into the park.
    Visited September 2022
    Written March 13, 2023
  • advisorj
    392 contributions
    Amazing Birds, Few Mosquitos
    The place is beautiful with amazing tame birds and at least on that day, few bugs. The glacier has retreated in dramatic fashion. Back in 2001, we were able to walk on the glacier close to the path. Now it is in the distance.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Masu W
    22 contributions
    Beautiful hike and a must do!!!
    This place is beautiful. Loved it so much. As you walk toward the glacier it has mile markers with years on it to show you in years how much the glacier has receded. You can take the longer multi mile hike or like us pick the shorter one. Maybe 1 mile i cant remember but it was just perfect.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • VALERIE D
    Herrin, Illinois6 contributions
    I made it back alive!
    WOW, the hike is moderate in difficulty, there were a few challenges for me, but, other more fit hikers didn't seem to have any problems. I was 56 when I took this trip, and have a spinal fusion and neuropathy in the left leg and foot. But, I did it!! Lots of stopping to catch my breath and let some pain subside. The hike says about an hour one way...2 and 1/2 for me😂 there was also, alot of picture taking on the way, bear sighting up on the glacier, and just breath taking views!! I had to soak it ALL in!!! The trail has signs with dates on them, to show you, where the glacier was, at that time. Amazing how far it has receded. And because of the receding... that hour hike will be longer, in order to get a good look at it. I was a little disappointed at how far away it was from the trail I took. There was an 8hour trail option, which took you right to it, but, I wanted to live to say I saw Exit Glacier!!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • HeavyHiker
    Farmingdale, New York225 contributions
    Impressive hike to see disappearing beauty
    Go early as parking fills and trail is extremely popular. Restrooms available at trailhead. Trailhead is well marked and trail is paved for about a quarter of the trail to a lower viewing area. Trail includes one stream crossing on a plank, however depending on time of year may be underwater. Stone steps for the steep sections should be used with caution; children need supervision. Glacier has receded dramatically, but the hike was worth the effort.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • MTC
    39 contributions
    The glacier is almost gone...
    The glacier is barely visible from the trail as it has retreated so far back up the mountains. I suspect it will be gone from view in less than 10 yrs. It was a rainy day, and we got stuck in the middle of a tour bus group, so it was not a fun hike. However, without the rain and mobs of people, it would probably be a nice little hike. The hike itself is pretty easy, with just a little uphill at the end. If you're in the area, and are looking for something to do, it's still worth the walk. The visitor center was small and not very exciting.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • KeriD
    Melbourne, Florida48 contributions
    Unmatched Beauty and Awesomeness!
    We visited the Exit Glacier both on our own and on a guided tour - I recommend BOTH! The adults in our group first visited Exit and hiked up to Marmot Meadows, then went off trail a bit to get a better view of the glacier. Be aware of your surrounding and safety to know when you are getting into dangerous territory (too close to the glacier and the sliding rocks), but it's worth the trek. The hike up is definitely physically trying and I'd recommend taking hiking poles - we didn't have them and would have liked to, especially if we'd gone up further. We happened to visit on a day that was dry, and it was gorgeous, but still a bit slippery.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 28, 2023
  • joby01
    1,872 contributions
    Free ranger led Exit Glacier tour
    We were in Seward to go on the Major Marine 8.5 hour tour near Seward. We had some extra time and penned in the free ranger led tour of Exit Glacier in our itinerary. We took the 2:30 tour with a female ranger who was phenomenal. For the life of me I can't remember her name but, she was born in the area and moved around frequently because both of her parents were with the National Park system too I think. Anyway, the tour was much better than we thought it would be. It ended up being about 2 1/2 hours in length and wonderfully informative! Our ranger knew lots about the plants in the area as well as the geology and glacier info. She made the tour!! The glacier has receded tremendously in the last 100 years so, the views were a way off. Fantastic tour, especially for free.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
  • GoVols79
    Chattanooga, Tennessee2,885 contributions
    Exit Glacier
    Our family loved the hike to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Much of the trail is paved and quite easy so it is appropriate for all ages and abilities. The markers that show the glacier position by year are very informative as to just how much this area has changed. I would love to return and take the longer hike someday.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 13, 2023
  • sjhokie
    New Smyrna Beach, Florida409 contributions
    Must do activity in Seward
    This is a must see attraction in Seward. It’s one of the most accessible valley glaciers in Alaska and an absolute bargain. We took an inexpensive shuttle from town and basically hiked on our own. We started off with a free ranger-led hike but ended up exploring by ourselves. The glacier is beautiful and there are magnificent views that get you within a few hundred yards of the toe. I’d recommend hiking the entire length of the overlook trail and walking out on the washout plain. The visitor center is small but contains lots of interesting educational material. The recession due to climate change is tremendous and quite alarming. It’s a good thing to see firsthand. Highly recommend a visit and it fits in with any budget. We stayed for three hours but you could do our version in two. Longer hikes are available but seemed a little beyond our ability level.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 16, 2023
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sjhokie
New Smyrna Beach, FL409 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
This is a must see attraction in Seward.

It’s one of the most accessible valley glaciers in Alaska and an absolute bargain.

We took an inexpensive shuttle from town and basically hiked on our own. We started off with a free ranger-led hike but ended up exploring by ourselves.

The glacier is beautiful and there are magnificent views that get you within a few hundred yards of the toe.

I’d recommend hiking the entire length of the overlook trail and walking out on the washout plain.

The visitor center is small but contains lots of interesting educational material. The recession due to climate change is tremendous and quite alarming. It’s a good thing to see firsthand.

Highly recommend a visit and it fits in with any budget. We stayed for three hours but you could do our version in two.

Longer hikes are available but seemed a little beyond our ability level.
Written November 16, 2023
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GoVols79
Chattanooga, TN2,885 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Family
Our family loved the hike to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Much of the trail is paved and quite easy so it is appropriate for all ages and abilities. The markers that show the glacier position by year are very informative as to just how much this area has changed. I would love to return and take the longer hike someday.
Written October 13, 2023
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Sue S
Kingston, Canada371 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
It's an easy hike to the platform to see the glacier relatively close up. There are dating markers along the hike. The views are quite beautiful as you ascend. The washrooms are basic outhouses but they were clean with toilet paper. It's definitely worth a visit before it disappears!
Written September 26, 2023
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Jill
New Jersey716 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Friends
This is an easy hike (on a paved path) and when you reach the top, there are some nice views of what's left of the glacier. There are year markers showing you where the glacier reached at those times and it's honestly shocking and scary how far it has receded. The visitor's center was informative. Beware of the insane bugs that won't leave you alone as you walk.
Written September 24, 2023
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Mary K
Lima, OH178 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Family
My niece and I hiked to the glacier look out site. Fairly easy hike. Wonderful views. Breathtaking. Check out the signs as to how much the glacier has receded.
Written September 20, 2023
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fourbeesplus3
Wyoming, MI634 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Friends
We were told that the hike to the glacier viewpoint, which is 1.2 miles was an easy hike. Just know that the trail is paved only a short distance and then it is gravel with lots of rocks to be negotiated. If you are an experienced hiker and have long legs, it probably is. If you are not any of those then consider the handicap route
Written September 6, 2023
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Ken Q
Denver, United States851 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed a quick visit to the glacier area. We hiked the short trail to get an up close viewing of the glacier.
Written August 22, 2023
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joby01
midwest1,872 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
We were in Seward to go on the Major Marine 8.5 hour tour near Seward. We had some extra time and penned in the free ranger led tour of Exit Glacier in our itinerary.

We took the 2:30 tour with a female ranger who was phenomenal. For the life of me I can't remember her name but, she was born in the area and moved around frequently because both of her parents were with the National Park system too I think.

Anyway, the tour was much better than we thought it would be. It ended up being about 2 1/2 hours in length and wonderfully informative! Our ranger knew lots about the plants in the area as well as the geology and glacier info. She made the tour!! The glacier has receded tremendously in the last 100 years so, the views were a way off.

Fantastic tour, especially for free.
Written August 12, 2023
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KeriD
Melbourne, FL48 contributions
Jul. 2023
We visited the Exit Glacier both on our own and on a guided tour - I recommend BOTH! The adults in our group first visited Exit and hiked up to Marmot Meadows, then went off trail a bit to get a better view of the glacier. Be aware of your surrounding and safety to know when you are getting into dangerous territory (too close to the glacier and the sliding rocks), but it's worth the trek. The hike up is definitely physically trying and I'd recommend taking hiking poles - we didn't have them and would have liked to, especially if we'd gone up further. We happened to visit on a day that was dry, and it was gorgeous, but still a bit slippery.
Written July 28, 2023
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AdventuresofNomNom
Saint Louis, MO351 contributions
Jun. 2023
The glacier itself was really cool to see. The park has informative signage and great walking paths. Very easy to get around, but might not be stroller friendly.
Written July 25, 2023
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