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 open to vehicle traffic. Summer traffic has been fairly heavy, and the parking lot has been filling up quickly. Please use caution, and a dose of patience, when navigating around pedestrians and parked cars (updated 7/3/2014).
Trails near the Exit Glacier Nature Center:
The trails are open and accessible. Trails signs are present, and the trail path should be easy to follow.
The Exit Glacier Nature Center is open for the season. Potable water, a water bottle filling station, and flush toilets are available at the restroom building (updated 5/29/2014).
Harding Icefield Trail:
The trail is getting a lot of traffic but in good condition. The snow still remains for roughly the last 0.5 mile, and is snow free until past the traverse. The wildflowers are abundant and beautiful at this time. Please remember to follow the orange flags to keep you on the path (updated 7/3/2014).
Did You Know?
River otters defecate in certain spots to mark their territory. Researchers in Kenai Fjords National Park have discovered that these "latrine sites" enrich the soil, allowing plants to grow in those spots that aren't found anywhere else close by.