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 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.

Updated 4/21/17:
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.
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.

  • There is significant (3+ feet) snow covering the entire route currently.
  • Note: During the winter, there is no visible or marked trail, due to signficant snowcover. Travelers along the route should be prepared for snow, ice and avalanche conditions.
  • 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 4/21/17)

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

  • Trails are significantly snow covered, and some ice may also exist, use caution while walking. Traction devices and/or snowshoes are recommended.
  • Trails are open to foot traffic only, no bikes or pets.
  • "Trails of Exit Glacier" - map
  • (updated 4/21/17)

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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