Ice Hiking

This six hour tour is popular with clients that don't shy away from exercise on their vacations. The picturesque path to the glacier is a mixture of back-country and on-trail trekking and the view from the top of the 1400ft of elevation that we gain while traveling over 1.5 miles of trail is absolutely stunning. This trip usually spends between one and two hours on the ice exploring the best that Exit Glacier's undulating surface has to offer.

Stay safe on the ice. Our guides go through extensive training before they run trips

Glaciers are an inherently dangerous environment, and Exit Glacier is no exception. We've had a perfect safety record for 13 years, because of the care and attention we give to the training of each of our guides. We don't have novice glacier guides leading our trips, ever. We don't take kayak or rafting guides, and turn them into glacier guides overnight.

We are the only company guiding on exit glacier that does not have officially documented unsafe and negligent guiding practices. 

When you go on a glacier with us, you know that your lead guide has had years of experience glacier guiding, and that any assistant guide has undergone a rigorous training program and emergency skills assessment before they are allowed to work alongside our leads. No matter who you choose to take you on a glacier in Alaska, make sure that you ask that company about your guide's training on glaciers and their level of experience. When it comes to training and safety, not all glacier guiding companies are created equally. 

For more about our training program, check out this page.

Exit Glacier Ice Hiking

This tour is the perfect experience for outdoor enthusiasts who really want to dig in and explore what Alaska has to offer. We at Exit Glacier Guides believe that the more effort you put into a hike, the more you get out of it. Consequently, our hike takes people up an hour-and-a-half long incline, through an alpine valley, down a 45º rock scree, and onto the surface of Exit Glacier itself.

 While you don't have to be a track star or a sherpa to complete the tour, it does take effort and a willingness to get tired and a smidge dirty in order to reach the glacier. What's the payoff for all of this work? Just look at the pictures on this site.

 Exit Glacier Guides offers visitors to Seward, AK a chance to see a unique natural wonder close-up - and since it takes a little work to get there - our groups see it without a crowd. We are the only tour operator in the area doing a comparable tour, and we humbly assert that this is a darn good one. Also, due to the constantly changing nature of the glacier, no two tours of ours are ever the same.

 We start on a well-maintained national park trail and proceed 1.6 miles up into the mountains. This portion of the trip takes about an hour to an hour and a half. During the hike, our knowledgeable guides identify many of the native plants and flowers and also use the landscape's unique features to explain basic glaciology. Quite frequently we see black bears, moose, and marmots along the way.

 When we reach the ice, we don crampons and helmets. This gear lets us safely navigate the icy, undulating surface of the glacier. After a short training session in which our guides demonstrate and oversee practice of safe glacier travel techniques, we head up the side of the glacier. 

On the ice we look for waterfalls, giant cracks in the ice called crevasses, deep holes called moulins, and other extraordinary features. Blue canyons filled with crytal clear water meander across the surface of the ice and frequently cross our path as we explore. Even our most senior guides who have worked on Exit Glacier for nearly a decade always find suprisingly beautiful features that are unlike anything seen in previous seasons. 

We're proud of this tour. If you love the outdoors and want to have a truly memorable experience in Alaska, come on the glacier with us. We have offered this trip for 13 years, and we're confident that you'll be proud of our trip too.

 

Season:  May 25th-ish through September 8th

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Essential Details

Difficulty 
Moderate, but expect quite a bit of uphill hiking. If you enjoy working hard to be somewhere amazing, you'll love this trip!
Duration 
6 hours on the trail + 1 hour split between transportation, equipment fitting, and office fun
Departure Time 
Daily at 9am and 12pm
Minimum Age 
13
Trip Price 
$130 per person (plus tax)