Edge of the Glacier Trail
ElevationAscent: 471' 143 m
Descent: -468' -143 m
High: 904' 275 m
Low: 433' 132 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
Current trail conditions
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“Travel to the edge of the famous Exit Glacier for an up-close and personal experience.”— Mikhaila Redovian
Family Friendly This is a relatively short outing that will take you and the kiddos right to the base of an active glacier!
There are no garbage receptacles or restroom facilities on the trail. Pack out all waste.
If you go right here, the Exit Glacier Paved Path loops back to the parking area. Instead, you'll want to stay left at the trail-side kiosk and continue on toward the "Toe of the Glacier" and the "Edge of the Glacier."
A short time after turning left at the Kiosk, there is an optional spur toward "Toe of the Glacier." Getting to the Toe includes crossing the rocky outwash plain. This area may be inaccessible due to flooding and there is no established trail across the plain. If the water level is low, you can pick your way through the rocky outwash to the toe, or terminus. Do not get close to the glacier in places where the ice is overhanging - enormous chunks of ice can calve off without warning.
Regardless of whether you make your way to the Toe, continue on the well-maintained trail to the "Edge of the Glacier." This somewhat strenuous trail will guide you to a wall of blue ice that provides the most dramatic close-up view of Exit Glacier.
Retrace your steps back to the trailhead.
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Land Manager: NPS - Kenai Fjords National Park