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 automobile traffic at the Forest Service Gate, approximately 4.5 miles from the Seward Highway. If continuing past this point, it is a further 4.5 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 been plowed to the Resurrection River bridge. From the bridge to Exit Glacier, there is still a lot of snow. It is sunny and warm with lots of snow melt. Currently, the Exit Glacier weather station shows 38" of accumulated snow, losing about 1" per day over the last week.
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 now closed for snowmachine use. As the snow is quickly melting, the off road area of Exit Glacier has been closed to prevent damage to park resources.
Please remember to recreate safely in the park, dress appropriately for cold and wet conditions, and let someone know what your plans are.
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.
The trail is OPEN.
Trails near the Exit Glacier Nature Center: