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Harding Icefield

Kenai Fjords National Park is a mystifying complex of temperate rainforests, fjords, and marine mammals. Whales, sea lions, and otters roil iceberg-choked waters on the boundary of the Pacific. The park is crowned by a sea of ice, which reveals itself to most visitors as aquamarine glacial cascades that spill from the high country down to sea level. Anyone who has seen these glaciers will wonder what looms above. The Harding Icefield, which is at the center of the public landmass comprised of Kenai Fjords National Park and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, is the origin of Holgate, Northwestern, Aialik, Bear, Exit, Skilak, Tustumena, Chernof, McCarty, and other large glaciers.
Many Alaskans and tourists have the privilege of viewing the glaciers that flow off the icefield. Marine tours visit Northwestern Fjord. Sea kayakers frequently visit Aialik Bay and Bear Glacier. Exit Glacier is one of the more popular hikes in the state. Yet few people have an opportunity to ski across the Hardin…

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