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Scott Evans where did you rent crampons and how much were they. We are planning to go next month. My wife is wary about not getting a guide. I am not sure it makes sense to spend an extra $200 for a guide. Anyone have thoughts here?

hiking
10 days ago

the dogs and I love this trail.. it's close but, far enough away. it's on the shorter side but, it's still a good work out

it's like I'm a kick-ass Billy goat jumping across all the rock formations. Love this trail.

Great trail to get a workout on

The view is phenomenal. Hike is hard, so it'd be better if one is physically active.
Carry good amount of food and water and avoid hiking in rain if you don't have proper supplies.

Windy and sublime

hiking
3 months ago

Great little year round hike. Did it in Jan, -20s temps. The lake is frozen in the winter and you can walk on parts of it. Most stunning is the opening along the Nenana River—bright water against the snow covered banks and mountain views.

Astounding views

Beautiful hike!! SO worth the drive:)

hiking
4 months ago

Cool hike with a little wildlife, some grizzly activity at the end of the trail ( moose lunch). skip the bus return and hike both directions.

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful trail with great views. a little bear activity on the trail but no issues. This is a must do if you are in the area.

hiking
4 months ago

I’ve done this loop several times and done the main vertical as part of a larger ultra-marathon as well. I enjoy it every time. Mosquitoes can get a little gnarly during the summertime, but if you keep moving you’ll be just fine! From the top of the trail, you can access a trail that eventually leads to Chena Hot Springs, if that’s your cup of tea...

Remarkable view of the Denali Park Village from the top!

We had done this in 2015 July and this remains the most beautiful hike I have done till date. It's tiring but the views are breathtaking!

hiking
5 months ago

Great day trip. Nothing but steep incline so have your legs rested and ready. Well maintained until you get past Marmot Meadows, then the snow makes it a little difficult to stay on the trail. Well worth the effort to go all the way up, the view from the end of the trail over the ice fields is spectacular. Just keep pushing!

Don't use the guid service, rent your own crampons and explore!

WARNING!!!!!!

THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC TRAIL. YOU MUST PAY $30 per person to get close to the ice.

backpacking
6 months ago

Amazing. Thankfully had good weather, cold but that’s expected. Pretty tough hike but so beautiful and totally worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail system. Paved most of the way to the head of the glacier, but then becomes rock hiking on large black boulders which can be slick when wet. Unless you hike the quarter mile or so to the toe of the glacier (which can only be done in dry conditions so you don't sink into mud and freezing glacial runoff), you won't get to see the glacier up close. The signs displaying the years indicating where the glacier was, will show that in 2005 and 2010, it was much closer to the trail than it is now. At the end of the trail, I still had to use my camera zoom to get a decent picture. Binoculars will help you appreciate the beauty and power of Exit Glacier, as well as ponder our future as stewards of nature.

Beautiful hike with varied topography and views. Starts out quite steep with switchbacks among the trees. Plateau's at marmot meadows which put me in mind of the Shire in the Hobbit :) Sadly we didn't see any marmots (or hobbits). This place is a great place to eat lunch, take pictures of the glacier and surrounding mountains, or turn around. In fact, the view of the glacier from here is the closest you will get for the rest of the hike. It also gets more steep after this, so be prepared for gusty wind, rocky trails, and no tree cover from here on out. Beyond the meadows, you climb to the alpine zone where all vegetation disappears. Along the way you get great views of the whole glacial valley, cross a few streams, and even see a black bear high on the mountain above you eating berries if you're lucky. Bring binoculars! In the alpine zone, the trail becomes harder to follow since it's basically just rocks. The little orange flags that are supposed to mark the trail have been blown over or buried, so it was anyone's guess where the trail was. Other hiking groups would wander a different way and when they found an orange flag or a flattened section that could be a trail, they would shout out and let the others know. Near the top, there is a wooden emergency shelter that is basically the size of a large outhouse with no amenities in it. But in an emergency, this little shelter would save a life. The end of the trail is about a mile or so from the shelter. There is no official trail sign and there are many social paths near the summit where people are free to take pictures or look over the edge to the glacier below. The icefield stretches ahead of you and is a beauty to behold. This is another instance where you'd need your binoculars because viewing the cracks/crevices of the glacier and icefield are very cool when viewed up close where you can see the blue streaks. Note that the summit is far above Exit Glacier, and it is rocky with a few cliffs in order to actually climb down to the glacier itself. It's likely possible but I would never attempt it, not to mention that it's off-trail and not allowed. Finally, take care while hiking on any steep section of alpine rocks (I believe they are shale or slate) as they are not held into place and easily slide beneath your feet. Overall, wonderful hike and recommended to people who have the whole day to spend and who are in good physical condition. Turning around at Marmot Meadows is another option and would make for just as great of a hike :)

Well worth the trip,we explored for a while and enjoyed it very much!

hiking
6 months ago

Only did a mile from the river side,but still gorgeous!

This trail is so beautiful, especially right after fall... during like the first snow fall! If you're a decent hiker you should be okay! Be careful on the rocks! But you should def. try and get that all natural high from climbing them! Totally worth it.

This was a beautiful but challenging hike. I was the first one on the trail in the morning so on the way up I had it all to myself, however on the way back down many tired faces asked how much longer. Worth the incline.

backpacking
6 months ago

Excellwnt view yet very windy and cold. Worth every minute.

Took us 4h 40mins. Stopped to eat and take photos. Super beautiful. We had bad visibility however still worth the hike!

Really enjoyed this place. I roamed around for four hours in the rain and it was worth it :)

Great Hike! The switch backs make it easier and I felt more moderate than hard.

hiking
7 months ago

Super great hike!!! Absolutely amazing scenery around the lakes. Trail was a bit muddy and slippery in spots, but nothing real awful.

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