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.
The Herman Leirer Road is CLOSED to vehicle traffic at Box Canyon Bridge, approximately 2 miles from the Seward Highway. If continuing past this point, it is a further 7 miles (11.5 km) to reach the Exit Glacier trailhead with varying conditions as noted below.
The Exit Glacier Nature Center is currently closed for the season. Pit toilets and a shelter are the only services available during the winter. There are a variety of winter activities available throughout the off-season.
The road has snow on the surface from the gate to Exit Glacier. Snow amounts may vary over the course of the road, increasing closer to Exit Glacier. The first couple miles can be icy. Travel along Herman Leirer Road and access to the Exit Glacier area is still permitted by other methods, including foot/snowshoes, cross-country skis, bike, snowmobile or dog sled.
The Exit Glacier area (off road) is currently closed for snowmachine use in order to prevent damage to park resources due to inadequate snow depth.The area will open to snowmachines once it is determined that adequate snow cover exists.
The trail is OPEN.
Trails near the Exit Glacier Nature Center: