Exit Glacier

Exit glacier is in the Kenai Mountains in Alaska, about 2.5 hours from Anchorage. It’s so crazy when you really think about what a glacier is (ice) and how long it’s been there. It’s melting slowly and it’s weird to think that by the time Lucas is my age it might be almost all gone!

A huge chunk of ice. Interesting, right?

We stopped here on our way back from Seward. We didn’t really know what the trails would be like, as I was wearing flip flops. Smart move Samantha. I think I looked like an idiot hiking in flip flops. But it’s not my fault. No one told me we were going hiking! 

The trails started out on a wide and paved path.

We ran into this cute lady. Isn’t she great? She was probably wearing four different layers and I immediately started sweating when I saw here. She was a true forest ranger. She told us not to leave our stroller out any place because the scent of children attract bears. Um, way to freak us out. The scent of your children attract bears. Perfect. She had bear spray, but we don’t, so I asked her if she would walk with us. She said no, don’t worry, there aren’t many bears around here (riiiiight. We’re in the freaking forest) because of all the people. She did pose very nicely for a picture though. I just think she’s adorable.

Um, so yeah. The trail quickly became really steep and full of rocks and dirt.

I can’t believe we pushed Lucas up the whole thing.

Okay, so you see where that sign is? That’s where the glacier used to be in 1998. Isn’t that crazy! Now you can see what’s left of it. We walked all the way up to it. I’m glad we had the BOB stroller and Lucas was already tired otherwise we wouldn’t have made it. And, even in flip flops, I did pretty good. I am a natural hiker, you know.


All of us in front of the glacier! Poor Joshua is never in any pictures because he’s always on my back, but you can see his hand poking out.

A great hike on a beautiful day!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

4 thoughts on “Exit Glacier

  1. Wow, what a beautiful place! How did the kids take it? Did they fuss at all? I would be scared to go anywhere like that with two kids. You are brave!

  2. They kids did great! Joshua was on my back and he is always happy back there and Lucas did good in the stroller… the only reason being he was very tired from not napping all day. 🙂 Normally he doesn't do well in strollers! We got lucky with the timing!

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