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
- Distance: 3.2
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The trail starts from the Exit Glacier Nature Center parking area. Hike south.
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The trail curves to the right, heading southwest past views of the Resurrection River.
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Glacier View: This wheelchair accessible viewpoint showcases panoramic views of Exit Glacier. Several interpretive signs and a telescope are also located here.
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Turn left @ T-junction. The trail on the right leads back to the parking area.
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Turn right @ Y-junction.
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Cross a bridge.
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Turn left @ T-junction.
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Turn right @ 3-way.
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From this vantage point, views extend across the river to the Kenai Mountains.
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Turn left @ 3-way junction.
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Exit Glacier: This overlook at the edge of the glacier offers up-close views of striking blue ice. Next, turn around and return to Waypoint 4; continue straight at this junction to return to the parking area.
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View from Glacier View
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