Harding Ice Field Trail, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska| Map |
At Kenai Fjords National Park, families are encouraged to take advantage of ranger-led hikes in the area. The Harding Ice Field Trail is one of the featured hiking trails. Although taking on the whole trail can be strenuous, families will still enjoy the walk even if they decide to turn back half-way. This 8.2-mile roundtrip excursion takes all day and gains almost a thousand feet in elevation per mile, so it’s not for the unfit or small children. However, it would be a shame to completely miss this scenic attraction of the park. Even a short walk up the trail affords great views of the valley floor and the Exit Glacier. Lots of families tackle the first quarter or half of this trail, which is often cited as the favorite part of a Kenai trip. Plenty of birds can be spotted along the way, as well as mountain goats, marmots and even the occasional bear. For adventurous families, who want to get up-close and personal with a real ice field, the Harding Ice Field Trail will be a vacation highlight.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Be extra-prepared for this one with layers of clothes, sunscreen, proper shoes and plenty of water and snacks. Weather can change suddenly on the upper portion of the trail.
Address: Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska| Map