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Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

We spent 3 days in the park from July 1st to 3rd, 2012.

The only trail in the park is Harding Icefield trail. It is said if you want to do only one hike in Alaska, this is the one. I totally agree with that. The view becomes better and better as you ascend on the trail. It is absolutely breathtaking at the end of the trail. There is no photo that could make you feel what you would feel when you stand on top of the mountain and look at the snow covered Harding Icefield. The feeling is indescribable and you must be there to feel it.

We camped on the top of the trail. The night was so quiet up there. We and a Dall Sheep were the only residents. Even in July the last mile of the trail was still covered by snow. Microspike would be really helpful. If you decide to camp there you will need snow camping equipments and enough fuel to melt snow for drinking water. Along the trail, there were many streams coming down from melted snow. You could pump water from them until the last mile. Bear canister is also required if you camp.

To explore the park more, a boat tour is a must. I highly recommend the Capitain's Choice from Kenai Fjords Tours. Their boat holds only 18 people. Smaller vessel allows us to visit more places and get closer to wild animals and glaciers. During the 9-hour cruise we saw everything we expected to see, including killer whales, gray whales, porpoises, sea otters, habor seals, Steller sea lions, puffins, oystercatchers, bald eagles, and many other sea birds.

Sunset on Exit Glacier Road, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Sunset on Exit Glacier Road


Harding Icefield Trail, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Harding Icefield Trail


Panorama, Harding Icefield Trail, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Panorama, Harding Icefield Trail


Dall Sheep on Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Dall Sheep on Harding Icefield


Exit Glacier from Harding Icefield Trail, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Exit Glacier from Harding Icefield Trail


Sea Otters, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Sea Otters


Harbor Seals, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Harbor Seals


Exit Glacier from Harding Icefield Trail, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Exit Glacier from Harding Icefield Trail


Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Aialik Bay


Oystercatcher and Chick, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Oystercatcher and Chick


Steller Sea Lions, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Steller Sea Lions


Whale, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Whale


Puffins, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Puffins


Floating Ice near Aialik Glacier, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Floating Ice near Aialik Glacier


Floating Ice near Aialik Glacier, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Floating Ice near Aialik Glacier


Aialik Glacier, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Aialik Glacier


Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Exit Glacier


Exit Glacier from Harding Icefield Trail, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Exit Glacier from Harding Icefield Trail


Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Harding Icefield


Dall Sheep on Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska

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Dall Sheep on Harding Icefield

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