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 OPEN to the Exit Glacier Nature Center parking area.
updated 4/29/15
 
Trails near the Exit Glacier Nature Center:
All trails are OPEN.
  • Trails signs are present, and the trail is easy to follow.
  • The paved trail and trail to Glacier View are mostly snow covered with a depth of 1-3 inches. The snow is firm enough to walk on without special foot gear.
  • The trail to Edge of the Glacier is mostly snow free.
  • The Exit Glacier Nature Center is CLOSED for the season. Vault toilets are available, but there is no potable water. The warming hut is available to any in need.
  • "Trails of Exit Glacier" - map
    (updated 4/29/2015)
 
Harding Icefield Trail:
The trail remains OPEN.
  • Hikers should be prepared for a wide range of conditions, including rain/snow and avalanches.
  • The trail is mostly snow-free all the way to the bridge (.8 miles), and appears to be continuous snow above that. Reports from other hikers indicate that the snow softens significantly near Marmot Meadows, with waist deep snow at that point...skis or snow shoes recommended.
  • In late April, orange flags will guide visitors through the fragile parts of the alpine ecosystem while snow remains on the trail.
  • Harding Icefield Trail - map
    (updated 4/24/2015)
 

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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