Located in the Kenai Fjords National Park, Exit Glacier is the only section of the park accessible by road. The glacier itself is a striking cool blue sheet of ice that comes from the Harding Icefield, and is near to an array of landscapes like rainforest, barren rock, alpine meadows and cottonwood forest for a striking scene. In this area you’ll be able to enjoy hiking trails and ranger-guided walks with the opportunity to get extremely close to an active glacier. It’s a place where people go to enjoy Alaska’s scenic beauty and learn more about how glaciers shape the landscape and contribute to the ecosystem.
Exit Glacier is a year-round attraction, with the warmer months being popular with hikers and winter being the perfect time for snowmobiling, dog sledding and cross-country skiing. To get to the glacier many people walk from the Nature Center, from which many trails begin. Trek to the Glacier View for a prime view of Exit Glacier pouring from the Harding Icefield, and continue on (weather permitting) to the Toe of the Glacier and/or Edge of the Glacier for an up-close encounter. Along the way, be on the lookout for wildlife like songbirds, mountain goats, black bears, brown bears and moose. Another option for visiting Exit Glacier is to drive via Seward Highway from Seward. Guided tours are also a worthwhile option, especially as knowledgeable guides can help educate you on the attraction.