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Kenai Fjords National Park: Exit Glacier Loop

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Distance: 2.0 miles


Hike to the edge of the Exit Glacier on this memorable, 2-mile loop in Kenai Fjords National Park.
  • Exit Glacier
  • View from Glacier View
  • Exit Glacier
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  • Exit Glacier

Located 12 miles northwest of Seward, Exit Glacier is the only part of Kenai Fjords National Park accessible by road. This short, 2-mile loop starts at the Nature Center parking area and climbs gradually to the edge of the glacier.

From the trailhead, the well-maintained path travels south. After 0.3 mile, the route curves to the southwest and passes views of the Resurrection River. Roughly 300 yards later, stop at Glacier View, a wheelchair-accessible vantage point overlooking Exit Glacier. Look through the telescope and read the interpretive signs before continuing the hike.

From Glacier View, hike west 1,000 feet to a T-junction and turn left. The route climbs gradually for another half a mile to an overlook at the edge of the glacier. Take in the views of this massive sheet of ice, then turn around for the return trip to the trailhead.

MORE PARK INFO: Kenai Fjords National Park, (907) 224-7500; nps.gov/kefj/

-Mapped by Kim Phillips and Matt Vellone

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