Whether by car or by foot, Exit Glacier Road is not one to miss. The 8-mile-long road leading to Exit Glacier is paved and level, making it a perfect outing for all kinds of people, whether they’re walking, biking, rollerblading, or roller skiing. (No bike? No problem: rent at the bike shop near the small boat harbor and start pedaling there.) And the activity doesn’t end in winter; the road is closed to cars, and the ski trails—which begin at the first gate—are groomed. Just stay to the right of the road, which is dedicated to skiers; the left side is for mushers and snow vehicles.
- Coordinates: 60.161473, -149.448251
Exit Glacier Road Points
You can hike right up to Seward's Exit Glacier and feel the dense blue ice while listening to it crackle. Walk the lower trail to get a good photo in front of the glacier face. Or, choose the more challenging 7-mile round-trip Harding Icefield Trail. There is a short ranger-led walk daily at 11am and 3pm, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
If you want a taste of dim spruce forest along a wild river bottom, try the first few miles of this mostly level route into the Resurrection River Valley. From the trailhead Mile 7 of Exit Glacier Road, the trail runs 4.5 miles to Martin Creek and is suitable for mountain biking or skiing after snowfall. It features two primitive campsites and occasional access or views of to the river.