Exit Glacier
Exit Glacier

Exit Glacier hike

Around Anchorage
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Exit Glacier hike

Distance: 1.8mi
Elevation: 266ft
Time: 0.5-1h

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The Exit Glacier Hike is a beautiful trail in Kenai Fjords National Park. This trail is easy, mostly paved and very popular, and once you reach an amazing viewpoint overlooking the Exit Glacier, you will understand why. This place is truly magical and the massive glacier, that is pouring from Harding Icefield, looks magnificent.

Exit Glacier hike Map

Getting there

Reach Seward Village by heading south on AK-1, then State Highway 9. Take a turn on your right to Herman Leirer Rd. and drive 7.1mi until you reach a big Exit Glacier car park.

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When to do

June - October

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Good

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Out and back


Exit Glacier
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Route Description for Exit Glacier

The Exit Glacier hike, being one of the easiest accessible glaciers around Anchorage, attract lots of tourists, so the main thing you need to be aware of is crowds.

Arriving at the car park either very early or later in the day improves your chances of finding a parking space, so plan to arrive early or around dinner time. Even better, spend the night in the Exit Glacier campground which is nearby so you can get an early or late start.

Leave all your worries behind, as there are lots of facilities near the trailhead: starting with flush toilets, ranger station, even fresh water to fill your empty bottles. Make your way towards the glacier on a paved wide trail.

After around 0.3mi the paved path will end near the shelter with interpretive displays about glaciers and local wildlife. There are three loops to explore, but if you only want to see the glacier, without wandering take the path straight and follow the signage. It’s hard to get lost as you will see the glacier quite soon.

The glacier itself is huge. Sadly, it’s been retreating rapidly because of global warming, so don’t forget to take lots of pictures!

Take the same route back to return to the trailhead.

Find other amazing hikes around Anchorage:

Insider Hints

  • If you are up for adventure, you can hike to Harding Icefield. This hike is truly epic and starts at the same car park!

  • Spend a night at Exit Glacier Campground to beat the crowds

  • Visit Alaska SeaLife Center at Seward to learn about Alaskan marine fauna

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Suzy TQ 1 year ago

A fairly easy & short hike on beautiful trails.We especially enjoyed walking on the "glacier outflow" beneath the glacier. We enjoyed it.

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Jenny Kimmel 1 year ago

The massive glacier was phenomenal! Was a bit sad when I heard about global warming. I can't help but wonder what would be left of this glacier in the future.

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Ada Wright 1 year ago

Amazing views. Cool hike! Figuratively and literally.

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Athena H. 2 years ago

Astonishing scenery to behold. We had microspikes and practically ran down but most people were falling and sliding down on their behind.

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Petre H. 2 years ago

Great hike. It reminded my kids of the "Ice Age" movie. Not very fond of it, but it's nice that my kids were happy to see such a massive glacier in real life. They keep on asking what would happen if it cracked.

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Abode SC 2 years ago

This place aged so well. Unlike most of the glaciers that gets smaller as time passed by. Although change is constant.

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sushilover77 2 years ago

Surreal hike! can't believe this is still part of USA!

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Guy G. 2 years ago

It was beyond anything that I've imagined. Felt so close to heaven. The beauty of the glacier was blinding. Sadly, pictures can't give justice to it.

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Julia Totman 2 years ago

The hike was very easy, getting a parking space was more challenging!

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Grimes W. 2 years ago

Stunning views. The glacier was humongous!

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