Current Conditions


Park Closure


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.

This page was updated on 5/16/18.


Road to Exit Glacier (Herman Leirer Road):

The Herman Leirer Road is now open to automobile traffic to the Exit Glacier Parking Lot. Please see below for current trail conditions.

The Exit Glacier Nature Center is closed for the season. It will reopen on May 26, 2018. There is currently no running water available. Pit toilets are available throughout the off season. Ranger-led programs will be available next summer.

The Exit Glacier Area is currently closed to snowmachine use. Refer to the Exit Glacier Developed Area map and regulations for details on snowmachine boundaries in the Exit Glacier Area.
The front section of Exit Glacier is surrounded by a red line, signifying the ice fall hazard zone. It is made up of tall blocks of ice covered in snow.
For your safety, please obey all posted signs and avoid the ice fall hazard area.
Note: An ice fall hazard zone has been identified at the toe and sides of Exit Glacier, due to tall blocks and slabs of ice, as well as ice caves. For your safety, entry into this zone is prohibited. Please do not continue past ice fall hazard zone signs.

Harding Icefield Trail (and winter route):

The trail is OPEN.
  • Winter route update:
    • Complete snow cover exists from the Bridge (.8 mi) to the End of Trail, making travel more challenging and possibly icy. Snowshoes are recommended. Snow may be significant at higher elevations, making route finding difficult. This route is not marked during the winter.
    • The route is currently flagged to Marmot Meadows. To protect vegetation, please follow the flagged route.
    • Avalanche conditions currently exist at higher elevations making travel dangerous. Travel beyond Top of the Cliffs is not recommended. Proper training and preparation are necessary.
  • Trails are open to foot traffic only, no bikes or pets.
  • This is a long and strenuous hike and proper preparation is important. Trail and weather conditions can change over the course of a day. Be prepared, and make sure to have food and water, extra clothes, sturdy footwear, and rain gear.
  • Hikers should be prepared for a wide range of conditions, including wet, mud, rain/snow and rockfall.

Trails near the Exit Glacier Nature Center:

All trails are OPEN.

  • Trails are clear of snow, though may be wet or icy in spots. Walk carefully, especially on the rocky trail up to the Glacier Overlook.
  • Trails are open to foot traffic only, no bikes or pets.

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.

Last updated: May 16, 2018

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 1727
Seward, AK 99664


(907) 422-0500

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