Much of Kenai Fjords National Park's 600,000 acres is remote, trail-less backcountry. The vast majority of backcountry users kayak and camp along the coastal fjords. Each year a small number of adventurers also challenge the Harding Icefield - the vast expanse of snow and ice that dominates inland portions of the park.
Inland areas that aren't icebound consist mainly of sheer cliffs, steep gorges, and box canyons, often covered by dense vegetation.
This challenging wilderness will test the mettle of even the most experienced backcountry traveler. It is not a place for beginners, but several licensed outfitters do offer guided backcountry trips.
Did You Know?
There are 3 distinct types of Orca whale that roam the waters around Kenai Fjords National Park: residents that eat fish, transients that eat marine mammals, and less frequently viewed offshore orcas that stay in open water eating fish - including sharks.