• Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park

    Kenai Fjords

    National Park Alaska

Current Conditions

Kenai Fjords National Park is open year-round; however, the road to Exit Glacier is closed to cars for the winter months and much of the spring. Snow at higher elevations on the Harding Icefield trail can persist into mid-summer. It is always a good idea to check on current conditions before setting out.

This site is updated regularly to reflect the latest conditions, as is the Recorded Information Line at 907-422-0573. If needed, contact the park headquarters directly at (907) 422-0500, during normal business hours.
 
Road to Exit Glacier (Herman Leirer Road):
The Herman Leirer Road is CLOSED to vehicle traffic.
  • Alaska's Department of Transportation closed the Herman Leirer Road at the Box Canyon Bridge on October 22, 2014 for the winter season.
  • The gate is approximately 6 miles from from the entrance to Kenai Fjords National Park, and 7 miles from the parking lot for the Exit Glacier Nature Center.
  • Access to the park is limited. Cars, trucks, and RVs are not allowed past the closure. Snow machines, dog sleds, and cross-country skis will be allowed, once sufficient snow has fallen on the road surface. Pedestrians and bicycles are allowed.
  • The gate will re-open in the spring, at the discretion of the state of Alaska, and as conditions permit.
    (Updated 10/21/2014)
 
Trails near the Exit Glacier Nature Center:
The trails remain OPEN. Access to the trail head is limited due to closure of the road to Exit Glacier.
 
Harding Icefield Trail:
The trail remains OPEN, though it could become covered in ice and snow at any time.
  • Snow is evident on the higher parts of the trail. Hikers should be prepared for a wide range of conditions, including rain/snow, with possible ice on the trail.
  • Orange flags will remain to guide visitors through the fragile parts of the alpine ecosystem, but could disappear at any time.
  • Harding Icefield Trail - map
    (updated 10/8/2014)
 

Alaska 511:
Alaska's Department of Transportation website will continuously update the driving conditions on the state's highways. The Seward Highway (AK-9) is the only road that provides access to Kenai Fjords National Park.

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