The Ice Fields and Glaciers
The 300 square-mile Harding Ice Field is the largest in North America and one of the last vestiges of the Ice Age. It's also just a 2.5-hour drive from Anchorage. Exit Glacier, one of thirty-five glaciers that flow off the Harding Ice-Field, is the only one you can drive to on the Kenai Peninsula making it an obvious access point. A steep four-mile hike brings you 3,000 vertical feet up the glacier to the ice field. On a clear day the ice field looks like a giant, undulating frozen ocean stretching out as far as the eye can see rimmed by dramatic, sharp edged peaks. It's one of the best views in Alaska.