Take a personal tour of the Exit Glacier area with former Chief Interpretive Park Ranger for this area, Doug Capra. Doug takes you through the only place in Kenai Fjords National Park where you can see the glacial ice and its dynamics up close on foot. He highlights key points of interest on the trails that pass through the forest, near the outwash plain, and at overlooks above the glacier. You’ll learn things about glacial landscapes, plant succession, and the area’s animals. Kenai Fjords became a national park to protect its glaciers and fjords—see both through the eyes of this park expert!
Start your tour of this mammoth glacier here. You won’t find restrooms or water on the trail, so stop in here before heading out. Be ready to see wildlife along the trail, like bears and moose. And remember, if you see a bear, don’t surprise it, just let it go on its way.
Sounds are an essential part of this area’s beautiful landscape. So be sure to turn off your audio devices to hear the sounds of the river or animals in the forest. Listening’s also important in remaining alert in the event of danger.
The plants in this area are working together to repair their environment. Look off to your left and you’ll see a mat of a plant known as yellow dryas. The ground here is bare, but the presence of this plant is a sign that new soil is being built up.
As you were driving, you most likely noticed signs with years posted along the road. These display indications of the Little Ice Age. Was Exit Glacier advancing or retreating during this short period of time?