Exit Glacier Trail

MODERATE 67 reviews

Exit Glacier Trail is a 1.8 mile out and back trail located near Lowell Point, Alaska that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
269 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

views

no dogs

hiking
1 day ago

Easy and beautiful! Did it with our toddler in a backpack no problem. Neat signs along the way to show how far out the glacier was at certain years that start as far back as when you drive in.

hiking
5 days ago

Starts easy, some elevation at the end. Do it while you can, the glacier won’t be visible much longer. The outwash plain is amazing as well.

6 days ago

Excellent view of Exit Glacier, worth the hike!

26 days ago

Very easy hike that ends with an awesome view of Exit Glacier. Definitely a good place to see wildlife- we saw multiple moose during this short hike

hiking
29 days ago

Not a difficult hike out to a great view. Pretty flat and straight forward. Should check out if you are at the park.

hiking
1 month ago

It is a great trail with the first 1/4 mike being paved. There are several options and distances to choose from. This trail will not get you close enough to the glacier to touch, there is a 4 mile trail for that. But that's dangerous anyway. The best part of this trail are the year markers that show the decline of the glacier over the last 125 years. My wife was amazed at how quickly the glacier has receeded in the last 50 years.

1 month ago

I went down to actual glacier and that was way worth the short hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail to follow to the Glacier. A few spots could be slippery if wet, but we hiked the trail on a sunny day. Wish they allowed dogs, but we will definitely hike this trail and the longer 8 mile trail again.

hiking
1 month ago

The colors in the glacier cave are amazing. You’re not *supposed* to go inside, but it’s incredible seeing the holes in the roof.

hiking
1 month ago

Was a good trail to hike, has a multitude of differ t areas to hike. The glacier right now was still pretty covered in snow, but that nice blue color was sticking out

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike to take mom and dad or grandma and grandpa. But they do have a no pet rule, which is a bummer.

hiking
9 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.

10 months ago

Very touristy but great view of Exit Glacier.

10 months ago

short easy hike with amazing glacier views. crowded though, slow and novice hikers abound.

walking
11 months ago

Nice family friendly walk that gives a view on the toe of the glacier

hiking
11 months ago

Short and informative hike up to exit glacier. The date markers show where the glacier use to be :(.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail was wonderful! Amazing views, wildlife, and cool weather (cooler than Texas, so we were thrilled). The Glacier and river are gorgeous.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Awesome.

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The hike from the parking lot to Exit Glacier was thrilling. You don't know if the ratting you hear in the bushes might be a bear, or just an Arctic ground squirrel. But the one thing you're sure of, are the tenuous mosquitos overpopulating the trail and taking turns in biting you. So come prepared with a strong mosquito repellent spray. They don't sell them at the visitor center! I wish I knew this before going there. Other than that, this trail and the views are worth it! Pay attention to the numbers marked along the way. They indicate where the glacier was that year. You can see how quickly it melted and disappeared. It makes you realized how beautiful yet sad the glacier is. An undeniable proof of the effects of global warming and our consumerism.

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Great, easy trail to get out and see the glacier. You can walk to a nice look out point or go farther and climb out on some rocks. Good for the whole family and different ability levels.

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Great Trail, very easy, nothing hard or steep. Family friendly. Great views and short. You can't touch or walk on the glacier, but you can get pretty close. Bring a wind breaker because it's windy and a bit chilled. Near the top/end of the trail, it turns into loose rock/shall so watch your footing. Parking is kind of limited so you might need to circle the parking lot a few times. Tons of bugs so bring bug spray. Welcome Center is pretty cool and several guides are there to answer all your questions. Off of this trail is the Harding Ice Field if you want a longer hike.

Monday, July 03, 2017

A fun little trail. Short and you can get very close to the glacier.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Scenic and simple trail to experience the beauty and awe of this glacier. Lots of helpful rangers around to answer any questions you may have along the way

Saturday, July 01, 2017

We did this hike in the snow which made it more difficult. It was off season but there were many enthusiasts on the trail. I even met some locals from San Diego. They had been stationed at the Marine base in Camp Pendleton and were transferred to Anchorage. We grouped up and headed up the trail. The snow was ankle to knee high in some areas. The Marine's helped us up on some difficult parts that were heavily packed with snow. We were not properly prepared for hiking in the snow. I did find a branch I used as a hiking stick while in the trail. We saw lots off moose poop, moose tracks and bear tracks. My guide explained that the chaffing of the trees that was located 20 feet high shows how high the snow was at one point and where the moose would eat the bark. My guide is Eskimo and a native of Alaska going back generations before the settlers arrived. Before we started the hike she showed me where the glacier was when she was a little kid. As we hiked towards the glacier the evidence of global warming became a reality. The NPS has markers also showing the reclining glacier's history. When we got to the top, I realized what an amazing hike we just went through. And the glacier was still magnificent. A true treasure. Every step and every mile to get to it was worth it. This is one Trail I would love to do again.

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

Nice easy hike and awesome views of the glacier

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

spectacular views of the glacier.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Beautiful Glacier that is easy to hike to. This hike is an eye opening one as it has signs showing how far the glacier has receded per ten years. It was indescribable to stand next to this glacier and hear it moving.

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