Mount Rainier, Washington’s own active volcano. It’s also beautiful, with a … [32], The park can be reached from Seward, 130 mi (210 km) south of Anchorage at the southern terminus of the Seward Highway. At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Wasn't planning on anything special, just decided to cruise around. [61] Marine birds include tufted and horned puffin,[62] common and thick-billed murre,[63] and marbled murrelets. Martin area. If you visit in person in the future, you can trek from Exit Glacier to Harding Icefield and watch for some incredible wildlife like bald eagles and whales. ( Log Out /  And of course, on this Alaskan “major destination,” we didn’t see anyone else, just some snow buntings, a wolverine, and a handful of sheep. Harding Icefield Trail, Kenai Fjords National Park. Storm systems today continue to feed 600-800 inches of snow each winter to the icefield. The AMS glacier travel courses are a good way to learn as well. Publisher for the University of Washington Member of the Association of University Presses I felt kind of like I felt after switching from telemark to AT bindings, like, why the hell didn’t I do this years ago. We had excellent travel conditions, but still managed to complain about not having enough wind to use our kites. 30,295 acres (47.3 sq mi; 122.6 km2) were repurchased by the Park Service in the 1990s, retaining subsistence rights on about 9,000 acres (14.1 sq mi; 36.4 km2). [10], Bear Glacier Lake in Kenai Fjords National Park, Harding Icefield-Kenai Fjords National Monument, Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, List of birds of Kenai Fjords National Park, List of national parks of the United States, "Listing of acreage as of December 31, 2011", Full list of all state parks, recreation areas and sites, historic parks and sites, and marine parks, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kenai_Fjords_National_Park&oldid=990313557, Bodies of water of Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 November 2020, at 00:28. The park lies just to the west of Seward, a cruise ship port. The park includes the region's deeply indented glaciated coastline and its interior icefields. Aerial photographs show that the nunataks in the Harding Icefield have increased in area by an average of 30 percent since 1950. [26], Seward is a departure point and destination for large cruise ships from Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean International and others. Super glad to find you notes on the Grewingk Glaicer, checking some imagery and elevation data it look like it would be difficult to get off the toe of the glacier w/o potentially rappelling into a packraft, but it sounds like the glacier has receded from the lake now even? As the surface elevation of the ice field decreases due to climate change, the receding ice exposes bare rock and essentially increases the size of the nunataks, providing new habitat for alpine vegetation. The first plants to appear in recently glaciated areas are lichens and mosses, with a few hardy plants such as dwarf fireweed and yellow dryas. The most significant fjords include Aialik Bay, Harris Bay, McCarty Fjord and Nuka Bay. Forested portions of the park are dominated by conifers, with deciduous forests confined to areas recently vacated by glaciers. Hey Luc was this trip in April 2019? We were met at the beach by Caroline and Pat’s friends Eric and Beth, who brought us to Halibut Cove for the night. Bonus: Most boat tours include a stop at a calving glacier. We started with turns down good corn snow, then glided for miles on the just-steep-enough glacier. We were blessed — such days are not common in this area. The gas tank had been drilled from below while parked at the trailhead. The terrain remained interesting throughout the route. But it will get harder and harder to reach the glacier from the end of the hiking trail. Only problem is I’ll be tempted to leave it patched [rather than do a permanent repair.]”. Find high quality stock photos of alaska, people, cultures and places from around the world from popular tourist destinations to remote regions. The park contains the Harding Icefield, one of the largest ice fields in the United States. Josh and Mike went to a gas station to fill jugs, and when Josh poured gas in the tank it ran right through to the ground. Headlands were the most affected areas. Katmai area and the Mt. That year Exxon settled with the federal and Alaskan governments, paying about $870 million into a restoration fund, some of which was earmarked for Kenai Fjords. The park contains the Harding Icefield, one of the largest ice fields in the United States. Known for: An active, and yet slumbering volcano. Receive emails with updates & training opportunities, Packraft-specific courses via the Swiftwater Safety Institute. Beth cooked fresh gingerbread cookies. It is also partially located in Kenai Fjords National Park. The crack-free route was obvious, and bordered by cool cracks and a medial moraine. We tried climbing out to Emerald Lake but realized at some point that it would involve a bushwhack from hell, and ended up getting a helicopter to fly us out of the toe of the glacier. On March 15, 1972, four areas of the Kenai Peninsula were set aside under the ANCSA for federal protected areas. Joe Stock has a nicely documented discussion of this at https://www.stockalpine.com/posts/crevasse-rescue-haul-system. Skiing down the Grewingk was Sarah’s favorite part of the trip. Bus tours from Seward visit Exit Glacier and boat tours visit other parts of the park[29], The park maintains public-use cabins and shelters in coastal areas and at the edge of the Harding Icefield. [36] Predominant rock types include shale and graywacke, with greenstone, tuff and chert. [39] The park's largest glacier is Bear Glacier. Negotiations between the Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and the Chugach Alaska Corporation resulted in a decision by the Department of the Interior to make the Park Service the lead agency for the Kenai Fjords area. [57], Birds that nest in this park include bald eagle,[58] the Peale's subspecies of peregrine falcon,[59] black-billed magpie,[60] and Steller's jay. [9] Mining activity centered on Nuka Bay. Here is calorieking‘s nutritional comparison of 2 pounts of peas (left) and cheese (right): We started our trip in Seward, walking and skiing 7 miles of gated road, a few miles on the summer trail, and then weaving through crevasses on the Exit Glacier. The Mumms patiently considered their options and did some shopping at NAPA. The oil did not reach the fjords, repelled by heavy spring water flows from the land. [19] No visitor facilities or full-time local management structure resulted from the monument's proclamation. Length: 8-mile loop. We set up camp on a flat slab of ice at the water’s edge. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. Mike Mumm drove with us to Seward to recover our two vehicles. The Harding Ice Field, occupying nearly 700 square miles and as much as a mile thick, crowns the mountains of the Kenai Fjords in south-central Alaska. After leaving the Harding Icefield, we continued south on smaller glaciers. How many days did it take you including weather days? ( Log Out /  It is named for United States President Warren G. Harding. They built row boats for the Bellingham to Haines section of their trip to Kotzebue. [27] Cruise tours originating from Seward provide access to the park via Resurrection Bay. [23] The park was initially administered by a small cadre of permanent and seasonal rangers and technicians who put considerable emphasis on community liaison. We borrowed 4 kites for the trip, Pat and I were especially excited to learn how to kite (thank you Rachel James, Todd Kelsey, Lars Flora, Jason Kwiatkowski!). Spring exits on the Grewingk are only going to get harder. Sarah and I borrowed clothes from Josh Mumm and shoes from Mike Mumm. They carried tools into the Yukon Territory and built a canoe to float out. The crown jewel of this Alaskan park is the 735-square-mile Harding Icefield. We were self conscious about our stinky feet, so Eric set us up with a hose and soap. So for future reference I would suggest counting on such an exit, or hauling a packraft over the icefield. It is only one of three national parks in Alaska that can be reached by road, via the Exit Glacier Nature Center. [42], Large terrestrial mammal species in the park include timber wolf, porcupine, Canadian lynx, brown bear,[43] black bears,[44] moose[45] and mountain goat. I climbed an apron of ice-cored moraine to determine if we could sneak along talus at the lake’s edge. The most accessible glacier, and the only portion of the park accessible by road, is Exit Glacier. - hiking: maintained trails are in the Exit Glacier area and the Harding Icefield Trail - ranger programs: Exit Glacier-1.5 hours of walking around the glacier, Pavilion talks-talks about Exit Glacier usually 20 minutes long, Harding Icefield Trail-7 to 8 hour hike, hikes to Marmot Meadows-hike in … Available to license for commercial, advertising broadcast and editorial use on Robert Harding.com 2. Katmai area, and the Mt. The second half of this retreat happened in the past month, sometime around the middle of March, when the lake was still thoroughly frozen. Kenai Fjords National Park is an American national park established in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. [30], The park has established a cooperative relationship with the Alaska SeaLife Center, exchanging interpretive services. by Nathanael | Alaska, Destinations. [50][51] Cetaceans seen in park waters include orca,[52] fin whale,[53] humpback whale,[54] minke whales,[55] Dall's porpoise[56] and Pacific white-sided dolphin. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature. In 1964 George B. Hartzog Jr., director of the National Park Service, initiated a new study entitled Operation Great Land, advocating the development and promotion of the existing Alaska parks. [17], Legislation stalled in Congress during the Watergate scandal, and was not pursued again until the Carter administration. On top of the jaw-dropping, icy panoramic views at the end, you might also get a peek at a bear or two (so be extremely prepared). We arrived at the toe of the glacier to find several hundred meters of bedrock slabs between us and the trail. The field is the source of at least 38 glaciers, the largest of which is Bear Glacier. There are two primary glacierized areas in KEFJ (the Harding Icefield and the Grewingk-Yalik Glacier Complex) and three primary glacierized areas in KATM (the Mt. Even so, I have friends that stayed roped up the entire time. About 8 miles round trip, the trail gains a lot of elevation, and is described as strenuous. The park's glaciers have retreated through the twentieth century, exposing new lands to colonization by plant and animal life. Josh Mumm started later in the day and caught up as we were setting up camp. [25] Most of the lands claimed were on the coastline. Dwarf plants in this region include bog blueberry, partridgefoot, black crowberry and Aleutian mountainheath, all of which are vulnerable to damage from foot traffic. [67] Clean-up was difficult, as the oil became a tarry emulsion that could not be skimmed, and had to be dredged. The info here was both motivating for the trip, and the GPS track was very useful, especially in the whiteouts The fjords are glacial valleys that have been submerged below sea level by a combination of rising sea levels and land subsidence. The Outlet Glacier ­ Alaska ​­  ​Exit Glacier is a glacier derived from the Harding Icefield in the Kenai Mountains of Alaska and one of Kenai Fjords National Park's major attractions. By early April, Park Service personnel established oil containment boom lines across the mouths of salmon streams and conducted preliminary inventories of plants and animals that might be affected by the oil. [8], At the time of the park's establishment, there were few permanent inhabitants. The alpine regions support shrubby grown to alders, devil's club, elderberry, lady fern, cow parsnip and other plants. In particular, Sitka alder is capable of fixing nitrogen, supporting itself and enriching the soil. [40], According to the Köppen climate classification system, Kenai Fjords National Park has a Subarctic climate (Dfc) with cool summers and year around precipitation. It shouldn’t be, the volcano has been slumbering for as long as anyone can remember. Hike the Harding Icefield Trail, a spectacular route alongside Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park Discover the charms and shops of Homer, one of Alaska's most beautiful seaside towns Witness jaw-dropping views of Cook Inlet, the volcanoes of the Alaska Range, Grewingk Glacier and Homer Spit The kites were SO MUCH FUN! Work resumed the next year and continued in 1991. [22] In 1982, a general management plan for the park was finalized, designating Exit Glacier as "front-country," the fjords as "back-country," and the icefield as wilderness. This altered the original intent of the park to include subsistence claims, previously unrecognized. [8] A lodge was developed by the Port Graham community on Aialik Bay. They are often found in the colder climates and higher altitudes of the world where there is sufficient precipitation for them to form. In this case, focussing on the kite, I trusted my skis to do the right thing on their own. The brain or body can kind of zone out, everything just happens subconsciously. The park covers an area of 669,984 acres (1,046.9 sq mi; 2,711.3 km2)[1] on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska, near the town of Seward. Douglas area, the Kukak Volcano to Mt. [37] The erosive power of the glaciers produces sediment as rock flour coloring the waters around the toes of glaciers, carrying minerals into the ecosystem that support phytoplankton, which in turn sustain larger animals. Harding Icefield: Seward to Homer Katmai NP Traverse Haines to Juneau Traverse Chugach Traverse Aniak to Dillingham Fairweather, Yakutat to Haines IRS Volcanoes Traverse Kuskulana Glacier, Mt. This is a raw, ragged land that has not yet recovered from the great Pleistocene ice sheets that flowed over … Seattle, WA 98195 . Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Watching them troubleshoot, I concluded that their tranquility must partly be due to their experience managing equipment on fishing boats. Fax: (206) 543-3932. The book is about their incredible 4,000 mile journey from Bellingham to Kotzebue. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Within the park is the huge Harding Icefield, claiming 300 square miles in its entirety. In 1973 the Nixon administration proposed the Harding Icefield–Kenai Fjords National Monument as part of the ANILCA legislation. Kenai Fjords National Monument was initially designated by President Jimmy Carter on December 1, 1978, using the Antiquities Act, pending final legislation to resolve the allotment of public lands in Alaska. The Harding Icefield is an expansive icefield located in the Kenai Mountains of the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. The first study, entitled Alaska - Its Resources and Development was centered on the development of tourism, despite a dissent from co-author Bob Marshall, who advocated strict preservation. [35], Kenai Fjords is extensively glaciated, with 51% of the park covered by ice. The remainder of the park is accessible by boat,[3] airplane,[4] and hiking. . [38] More than thirty glaciers originate in the icefield, which first formed about 23,000 years ago. Email: uwapress@uw.edu . The Harding Icefield has never been high on my wish list, mostly because I think it gets a lot of traffic and I’d rather explore more remote areas. [41], Kenai Fjords National Park is dominated by a glaciated landscape. Exit Glacier, and Harding Icefield, are two beautiful and slightly more accessible areas during the winter season inside Kenai Fjords National Park. Higher alpine regions support a dwarf shrub community less than 1 foot (30 cm) high, at a very slow rate of growth. Icefield coverage has declined, with a 3% reduction in coverage over a 16-year study period. Most glaciers in these parks terminate on land, though a few terminate in lakes. The park is bordered on the west by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and on the south by Kachemak Bay State Park. [16] The same day the National Park Service formed an Alaska Task Force to study proposed park lands. Josh reported from home the next day, “Dry as a bone. Our warm winter is very likely a necessary ingredient for such an unusual winter retreat, but I think there’s a fair dose of coincidence – the ice was declining in stability all summer and it happened to cross a threshold in the fall when it separated from a bit of north shore where it was pressed against cliffs. Hoodlums… to steal gas. The nearest large town is Seward, immediately to the east of the park on Resurrection Bay. It is the fifth most-visited park in Alaska, but the 11th of 13 Alaska parks in area, and is the closest national park to Anchorage. Josh’s truck started up, then died. It was late and we really wanted to get this segment of the route finished, but there was no obvious way to reach the summer trail. These pioneers are followed by other plants as the moss and lichen break rock down into soil. They found a route through the slabs and set a fixed-line for one steep scramble connecting ledges. The Kenai Fjords region was designated Study Area 11. Eyal. MODIS, Sentinel 1&2, Landsat, Google Earth, ESRI, etc. Sounds like this has happened several times at Seward trail heads. With Josh’s guidance, all four of us were able to fly right away. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! We were able to use the kites three times. Image of road, park, green - 139148369 Douglas area. Sarah and I were joined by Caroline and Pat, who had set the week aside months in advance, thanks to Caroline’s mom watching their two kids. In the morning, we scouted our options. A third site showed occupancy from 1850 to 1890. Harding Icefield is the largest icefield in the United States and is home to a multitude of wild plants and animals including sea otters, sea lions, and whales. More than 38 glaciers and fjords flow out of the massive Harding Icefield; the area is a refuge for orcas, humpbacks, puffins, Dall’s porpoise, Steller sea lion colonies, harbor seals, and bald eagles. Harding Icefield Trail. Visiting these glaciers in the Gulf of Alaska is hard in the winter, as weather can be extreme in the ocean. The trail to Harding Icefield is a 6-8 hour trek through the Alaskan wilderness. The park covers an area of 669,984 acres on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska, near the town of Seward. [11], Early studies of possible new Park Service units in Alaska took place in the 1930s and 1940s. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the Plant Hardiness zone at Exit Glacier Visitor Center at 463 ft (141 m) elevation is 4b with an average annual extreme minimum temperature of -20.3 °F (-29.1 °C). Caroline and Pat are probably my favorite adventurers. According to the Park Service, it's 50 miles wide at its largest point (that would take two back-to-back marathons to cross it). The Harding Icefield receives 60 feet (18 m) of snowfall per year. ( Log Out /  I also experimented with focussing on my skis, and trusting the kite, which resulted in accidentally getting airborne twice. Another site was used from 1785 to 1820. A similar succession pattern is seen at the park's nunataks, exposed rock outcroppings in the Harding Icefield. The site showed that contrary to earlier beliefs, portions of the park had been used over a long term by native peoples. 11 Underrated and Unique Vacation Ideas in the U.S. 4 Holistic Healing Therapies That Will Heal Your Soul What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Is It Right for Me? The second time I had a bruised ankle but I made it all the way to the trail end. I felt the same way about Denali. Pat and Josh scrambled above camp to a series of ledges separating bedrock slabs. The Harding Ice Field is one of only 4 remaining ice fields in the country, and is also the largest ice field contained entirely within the United States’ borders. After our trip, I saw a post from Hig about the rapid retreat of Grewingk: There has been rapid retreat of Grewingk Glacier this winter – almost half a kilometer. Photo about Halim park Jeju island South Korea Jejudo the main road view on the stairs from the volcano caves. I would reach out to Hig for more information, he is closely monitoring the glacier. [62][65], The grounding of the oil tanker Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound on March 24, 1989, produced extensive contamination of the Kenai Fjords coastline. Katmai and Lake Clark [33][34], The park's landscape has been shaped by plate tectonics, with the Pacific Plate subducting beneath the North American Plate. We also offer flights to an active volcano with landings at the top and/or the bottom. The survey also found evidence that an earthquake dating to about 1170 AD lowered the shoreline by at least 1.8 metres (5.9 ft), potentially inundating earlier sites. Some of these are on native corporation lands, with a portion of the use fee going to the native community. [21] The first park improvements focused on improving access to Exit Glacier. Establishment as a national park followed the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980. the Kukak Volcano to Mt. The proposed monument totaled 300,000 acres (468.8 sq mi; 1,214.1 km2) in three areas: the icefield and two island groups. It is believed that coastal subsidence and rising water levels have inundated many sites, as the shoreline was the place richest in resources for early peoples. The tree line at Kenai Fjords is between 750 and 1,000 feet (230 and 300 m) above sea level. Harding Icefield Trail. The park is named for the numerous fjords carved by glaciers moving down the mountains from the ice field. We considered skiing back up the glacier so that we could take a known ridge exit, but it would make for a long day ( 20-miles?) For those clients that want to go directly to amazing views and serenity we can modify and land direction on the top. I hiked it twice, the first time in June when there was too much snow left to make it all the way to the ice field. As of last September, Josh said that the Grewingk Glacier terminated below the end of a summer hiking trail. The summer trail took us to a cable car river crossing, and, eventually, the beach. During the Pleistocene Epoch, 23,000 years ago,the Harding Icefield was a small piece of the vast ice sheet that covered much of south-central Alaska.The Harding Icefield is a remnant of the last ice age. The park's highest point is an unnamed peak of 6,450 feet (1,970 m) in the Kenai Mountains. The mature forest features Sitka spruce and mountain hemlocks, with an understory of devil's club, Alaska blueberry, elderberry, baneberry, watermelon berry and lady fern in the coniferous forest understory. In time, about 20 miles (32 km) of coastline was oiled, amounting to about 4% of the total coastline. Although the proposal had support in Congress and from the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, it was overcome by difficulties with native land claims. Kenai Fjords National Park is an American national park established in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. [5] It is a relatively small and accessible park by Alaskan national park standards, about 88% as big as Yosemite National Park. Thinking I’ll go the pack raft route given recent conditions. Photo about View of Exit Glacier, Harding Icefiel Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, Alaska, United States. Marine mammals include sea otter,[48] harbor seal[49] and Steller sea lion. [15] Internal Park Service documents envisioned an 800,000-acre (1,250.0 sq mi; 3,237.5 km2) park protecting the coast and the icefield, but this conflicted with the Seward National Recreation Area and a proposed expansion of the Kenai National Moose Range. In both cases, I was very impressed with the destination, and left with an, “Oh, right, that’s why this is a major destination.” [14], The earliest proposals for a national park at the Kenai Fjords was raised in the 1970s. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. New lands exposed in former glacier beds are at first stony, lacking in soil. You can see the enormous Harding Icefield here, as well as many spectacular icebergs that carved out wondrous fjords. The pilot thought the peas were a strange request, and bought organic because, “you seemed like that kind of people” (probably not meant as a compliment). This is an important part of the process that The activity is immediately rewarding. UW Mailbox 359570. A single ranger was assigned to Seward as a local liaison. A network of trails from the Nature Center provide access to the glacier, and the 7.4-mile (11.9 km) Harding Icefield Trail. Eventually we ran out of snow and worked our way left to hike down the ice. [64], The plant communities at Kenai Fjords are shaped by glacial retreat. [68], Archeological sites were also affected by the oil. This proposal allowed logging and mining in the area. With no fewer than 38 glaciers, it's one of the biggest icefields in the U.S. (minimum 2 passengers) 30 minute tour: $175 per person 1 hour tour: $275 per person Thanks for the update. The tours provide views of land and marine wildlife, particularly Steller sea lions, puffins, Dall's porpoises, American black bear, snowshoe hares, Mountain goats, and humpback and orca whales, as well as natural sights such as the fjords and tidewater glaciers. When the resupply arrived, Caroline and Pat found an unexpected 2 pounds of organic peas. The site proved to be particularly challenging to clean up without disturbing the area. Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email. In both cases, I was very impressed with the destination, and left with an, “Oh, right, that’s why this is a major destination.”. It was a warm, sunny July day when my wife and I hiked the Harding Icefield trail. [46][47] Smaller mammals include coyote, beaver and river otter. The park also features a significant marine environment. ... Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a spectacular forty square mile, 100 to 700 foot deep ash flow deposited by Novarupta Volcano in 1912. Some sites had been active into the 1980s. The first season's work stopped in September. Truuli Peak is a mountain summit located in the Kenai Mountains, in the U.S. state of Alaska.At 6,612 ft (2,015 m), Truuli Peak is the highest mountain in the Kenai Mountains on the Kenai Peninsula in southern Alaska. [6] It is the only Alaska national park that did not originally allow subsistence use by Native Americans, but native village corporations continue to have interests in inholdings within the park,[7] and have since established subsistence rights on those properties. The route was excellent, and it was a huge relief not to have to add a 20-mile day. Much of the interior is covered by the Harding Icefield. Sarah and I spent the night in Homer, eating well and visiting friends. 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