Harding Ice Field Trail

MODERATE 74 reviews

Harding Ice Field Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lowell Point, Alaska that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3953 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail, would definitely go again... there are some high traffic areas as it attracts a ton of visitors. Good thing is most visitors do the short trail or half of the long trail, so once you get to a certain point the trail traffic dies down.

5 days ago

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7 months ago

Moderately challenging hike, but pretty well built and busy. The scenery is incredibly stunning and the glacier is something else. Very simple to get to, especially from Seward. This hike is a MUST if in the area!

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

Slick view of the Icefield & glacier & cool little shack at the top. The one time I did it, clouds rolled in so x-nay on the photo-ops. Will be attempting again. The view on a sunny day is supposed to be redonkulous (epic, supremely worthy, etc.)

8 months ago

Great views all the way up! Hurry and see it before it's gone

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8 months ago

i love this hike... super easy super worth it!!

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked up to the ice field. It was beautiful and hard! Coming back down was also hard. It rained a bit and the rock stairs were slippery.

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8 months ago

Ice as far as the eye can see from the top. Hiking season is short perhaps June to September. Technically climbing can extend this season.

8 months ago

Depressing to see the glacier shrinking so quickly.

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8 months ago

I think the Exit Glacier trail and Harding Ice Field trail should not be lumped together. The trail to the base of the Exit Glacier is very easy. A stroll any person can do. The Harding Ice Field which starts after that is a different story. I would say it is moderate to difficult depending on your fitness level. It took us 7hrs including the hour up at the top taking in the amazing view. We saw mountain goats on the side of the mountain near the top which was cool. Layers is a must. On a 58 deg day we stripped down to our T-Shirts while hiking up but needed to put everything back on at the top and I was comfortable wearing it back down. If I ever make it back to this area I would definitely do it again.

Amazing views of the glacier. This should not be rated as easy. It's is moderate to difficult. It is steep with a lot of foot work. Well worth the work for the views. Wear layers. Very cold on the summit.