Kenai Fjords National Park

Just outside of Seward Alaska is the incredible Kenai Fjords National Park. And the funny thing is, most people (like me) only see a fraction of it. That’s because the only road in goes as far as “Exit Glacier” and that’s where you can hike in to get fantastic views. But you have to hike. And there are bears. There was a cub right on the trail and when I stopped to give it some space, I heard the mother in the bushes right next to us. Knowing this is a very dangerous situation, I nudged my wife down the trail. As she was saying “why are you pushing me”, the mother and cub retreated. We were lucky, that time. It could have ended very badly.

As it was, this was a stunning hike with great views.

My favorite things to do here

  • Hike to Exit Glacier

Things I want to come back to do

  • Boat tour from Seward AK to explore the rest of the park

Fun Facts

  • One of only three National Parks in Alaska that you can reach by road

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  1. If you have the time (all day) you MUST hike the Harding Icefield Trail that begins at the Exit Glacier Nature Center. The Icefield is the heart of the park, covering nearly half of the 607,805 acres. The trail begins in a temperate rain forest and follows the side of Exit Glacier for nearly 4 miles through a snowfield (in August) to an overlook of the Icefield. It was an awesome experience, one that we will never forget. We loved the Exit Glacier area so much we came back on our last day to hike the short Exit Glacier Trail. We also did the 6 hour Kenai Fjord boat tour to see the park from the water. Truly incredible and on such a grand scale!

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