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Exit Glacier

Exit Glacier

Free admission
Kenai Fjords National Park, AK

The Basics

Since Exit Glacier is so easy to drive to, it’s included on many tours of Seward, along with attractions such as Resurrection Bay and the Alaska SeaLife Center. A short walk leads from the parking area through a forest and along a gravel river bed to the glacier, with markers indicating the glacier’s recession over the past century. The Edge of the Glacier Trail offers the best views of the front of the ice, while the Harding Icefield Trail climbs some 3,500 feet (1,067 meters) for views of the giant Harding Icefield (the source of 38 named glaciers).

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Exit Glacier Ice Hiking Adventure from Seward
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Exit Glacier Ice Hiking Adventure from Seward
$195.00 per adult
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Great experience!!
Absolutely the experience of a lifetime! My guide, Jesse was the best! Very knowledgeable and experienced as well as personable. I would definitely book another adventure.
Stephanie_L, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Seward

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Phenomenal Glacier Excursion
Sarah_J, Aug 2021
Exit Glacier Ice Hiking Adventure from Seward
Our trek on Exit Glacier was probably one of the best hikes we’ve ever done. It was gorgeous and such an incredible experience to explore a glacier. Our super knowledgeable (history and environmental science!) guide Jonathan is someone we'd definitely call again to lead a trip/excursion. The tour company was also wonderful - picking us up in town where we are staying and dropping us off again at the end of the day.
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Great Experience!
Courtney_M, Aug 2021
Exit Glacier Ice Hiking Adventure from Seward
Our Exit Glacier hike was certainly a highlight to our trip in Seward. Our guide Jesse was well equipped and very knowledgeable of Alaska. I’d recommend to anyone who can hike 5-7 miles with a decent steady ascent. It was not as hard as we were expecting.
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Exit stage, everywhere!
Simon_A, Aug 2021
Exit Glacier Ice Hiking Adventure from Seward
The guides were great. Very patient and hugely informative. The time out on the Glacier was surreal and gives you a whole new appreciation of nature.
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Highlight of My Alaska Experience
eric_r, Aug 2021
Exit Glacier Ice Hiking Adventure from Seward
Without a doubt, the highlight of my Alaska trip. **Note, this is a STRENUOUS hike, so be ready. Definitely a workout, but so worth it. The views are fantastic, and it's a great feeling getting up to the glacier. Lunch up there is just the cherry on top. Jonathan was a great guide. If you're going do one tour in or around the Kenai Fjords area, do this one. Just make sure you're well rested!
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Exit Glacier Kanai Backcountry
KelseyCarniglia, Jul 2021
Exit Glacier Ice Hiking Adventure from Seward
We had an absolute wonderful time with our guide Jonathon. Very knowledgeable about the glacier and equipment. Weather cleared up beautifully for us and it ended up being a little over 7 miles total round trip. Would not recommend for a beginner hiker or if you have a fear of heights. Also secure your electronics, RIP iPhone.
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Exceptional memorable and wonderful!!!
KentinUtah, Jul 2021
Exit Glacier Ice Hiking Adventure from Seward
Caleb and Emma, our guides, were 'OVER THE TOP' EXCEPTIONAL!!! Very patient, very kind, very genuine and incredibly informative and knowledgeable!!! Was one of the highlights of our trip and an experience we will never forget! Thanks especially to Emma who was so very kind and considerate of my wife! I cannot recommend these two or the excursion through their company higher! Sincerely Kent, Debra and family from SLC, UT!!!
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Worth it!
Alexandra_M, Jun 2021
Exit Glacier Ice Hiking Adventure from Seward
Caleb and Emma were great guides! They were so personable. It was a fun adventure. Definitely worth doing!
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Great!
Sarah_P, Feb 2021
Exit Glacier Ice Hiking Adventure from Seward
The glacier is absolutely stunning, our guide Kyle had a lot of information and skills, we felt very safe and comfortable. He tailored the trip to our wants and skills and group size. I highly recommend this tour, it was one of my favorite things I did in Alaska
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An amazing experience!
Chris_L, Jul 2020
Exit Glacier Ice Hiking Adventure from Seward
Issac was an amazing guide! Very knowledgeable and was very helpful to all of our needs. Definitely recommend this hike! It was an amazing experience! Thank you!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Exit Glacier is a must for adventure travelers and those pressed for time.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.

  • There are restrooms located in the Exit Glacier Nature Center.

  • The 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) trail from the parking lot to the Glacier View area is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Exit Glacier is situated at the end of Exit Glacier Road (officially called Herman Leirer Road) about 13 miles (21 kilometers) outside Seward. Most visitors arrive by car or as part of a guided tour, but it’s also possible to catch a shuttle from Seward to the glacier during the summer months.

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When to Get There

While Exit Glacier is open throughout the year, the road to the glacier becomes impassible to cars beginning in mid-November through early May. The road does, however, remain open to snowmobiles, fat bikes, snowshoes, and cross-country skis.

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Ranger-Led Walks

From late May through early September, national park rangers lead Exit Glacier walks four times daily. These guided hikes take the trail from the Exit Glacier Nature Center to the Glacier Overlook, with interpretation along the way about glacial activity, geology, and local flora and fauna.

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