Alaska: Harding Icefield Trail
The 8.2-mile round trip Harding Icefield Trail is a spectacular day hike. Starting on the valley floor, the trail winds through cottonwood and alder forests, passes though heather filled meadows and ultimately climbs well above tree line to a breath-taking view of the Icefield. The top of the trail is a window to past ice ages – a horizon of ice and snow that stretches as far as the eye can see, broken only by an occasional nunatak, or lonely peak.
From Anchorage, take AK 1 S (becomes Seward Hwy./AK 9 S of Gilpatricks); in 127 mi., W @ Glacier Rd/FH 46 exit just outside Seward. Follow signs 8.4 mi. to Exit Glacier; park in lot.