3. Pay a visit to Exit Glacier
Exit Glacier is the only accessible area in Kenai Fjords National Park. The highlight is the hike to Exit Glacier Forget, a 2.2-mile easy path. Now that it’s receded so a lot, you have to hike farther and farther in. There are markers alongside the way that show you the 12 months and wherever the glacier employed to be. Our new pal from this excursion, Valerie, showed us images from 2017 and 2022 (down below). It’s sobering to see how significantly the glacier has melted.
We propose using the ideal fork as you head up to Exit Glacier Forget about, then wander to the Outwash Plain on the way back again. We also considered the Harding Icefield Path for a a lot extra challenging hike, which is 9.2 miles roundtrip with a 3641 ft elevation adjust but ended up opting for the shorter hike considering that we have been restricted on time.
This place is open yr-spherical, but from late Oct/early November to early May, the road is closed owing to snow. You can however obtain it by means of snowmobiles, dogsled, snowshoes, body fat bikes, or cross-state skis.
Neighborhood Idea: As you push toward Exit Glacier, there is a pull-out on the remaining of the highway located below. Cease by to see what visibility is like. If you just cannot see the glacier in the distance, then the hike likely isn’t truly worth carrying out possibly.
Pro Tip: We didn’t operate into mosquitos in other places but observed a bunch of them and obtained bites up below. Really do not overlook bug spray, and have this bug bite suction helpful if you get a bit. It will work most effective right immediately after you get a chunk.