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.

Road to Exit Glacier (Herman Leirer Road):

The Herman Leirer Road is OPEN to automobile traffic to the parking lot at the Exit Glacier Nature Center.

The Exit Glacier Nature Center is currently open for the season. Pit toilets are available at this time. There is no potable water currently available. Ranger-led programs will begin on May 28.

Updated 5/20/17
The front section of Exit Glacier is designated in red, signifying the ice fall hazard zone. It is made up of tall blocks of ice covered in snow.
For you 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 of Exit Glacier, due to tall blocks and slabs of ice that have detached from the terminus. 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.

  • Update 5/19/17:
    • Trail is clear to the bridge (.6 mi). Snow begins covering the trail after this and is significantly deep in places. The trail is flagged to Marmot Meadows (1.2 mi). Please follow the flagging to help protect fragile vegetation.
    • Between Marmot Meadows and Top of the Cliffs, be prepared for steep snow travel and slip/fall hazards. Snow travel experience and proper equipment is recommended.
    • Avalanche hazard exists above the Top of the Cliffs. Travel above Top of the Cliffs is not recommended without avalanche training, equipment, and experience.
  • 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.
  • Harding Icefield Trail - map
  • (updated 5/19/17)

Trails near the Exit Glacier Nature Center:
All trails are OPEN.

  • Trails are mostly clear of snow and ice. Rock and trail may be slick from water runoff.
  • Trails are open to foot traffic only, no bikes or pets.
  • "Trails of Exit Glacier" - map
  • (updated 5/19/17)

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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1727
Seward, AK 99664


(907) 422-0500

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