Current Conditions

 

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 now Closed to automobile traffic at mile 1.3. Please see below for current trail conditions.

The Exit Glacier Nature Center is Closed for the season. Pit toilets are available throughout the off season. Ranger-led programs are available daily during open season.

Note: There is limited parking at Exit Glacier, especially during the hours of 10:30 am - 3:30pm. Please consider the hours you come, carpooling, bicycling, or taking a shuttle or taxi, when you plan your trip.

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.
 
 
Image of Exit Glacier with closed area highlighted
For your safety, please obey all posted signs and avoid the ice fall hazard area. NPS Photo
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.
  • Current Snow cover estimation:

    • Trailhead to Bridge (mile 0.8) is 0 %

    • Bridge to Marmot Meadows (mile 1.4) is 0-50%

    • Marmot Meadows to Top of Cliffs (mile 2.8) is 0%

    • Top of Cliffs to Top of Trail (mile 4.1) is 0-10%
  • Trekking poles and gaiters are recommended for travel above the Top of Cliffs.
  • Rockfall danger is a possiblity, especially above Top of the Cliffs. Watch for rockfalls as you hike up the trail.
  • It has been warm, bring more water than you think you might need.
  • Other Hazards: On snow covered sections weak snow bridges are forming in low areas, and sudden falls (2-3ft) to ground level are possible. Trail below snow is in parts muddy/wet/slippery.
  • 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:

Access to the gravel portion of the Glacier View Loop Trail along Exit Creek is temporarily closed to provide for safety. The paved portion of the Glacier View Loop trail remains open, as well as access to the Glacier Overlook and the Harding Icefield Trail. All other trails are open, but may be closed temporarily due to bear activity.

  • Trails are clear of snow.
  • Trails are open to foot traffic only, no bikes or pets.
 

If visiting the area, please give the bears space.

BE BEAR AWARE
*Carry bear spray
*Talk loudly
*Hike in groups
*Do not surprise a bear

NO DOGS
*Dogs may add to the mother bear's stress
*Dogs are prohibited on trails at all times

IF YOU SEE A BEAR
*Back away
*Give it lots of space
*Don't get between a sow and cubs
*Plan to wait if there is a bear near the trail - You are no longer in a hurry!

 

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: October 28, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1727
Seward, AK 99664

Phone:

(907) 422-0500

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