The Harding Ice Field Trail is a moderate to strenuous hike. If you are planning to hike the entire trail, I recommend good hiking boots (the trail had muddy patches, wet rocks and roots, patches of small rocks, patches of snow, and a couple of easy stream crossings) to make it a more pleasant journey. Much of the hike is uphill, so you should expect this hike to take longer than the 8 mile distance would generally lead you to believe.
But, with all the logistics and warnings out of the way, let me echo the sentiments of other reviewers: the view from the top is well worth it! I have hiked near/to many glaciers, but the ice field was an extraordinary sight unlike any other I have seen. And the view was made all the more sweet by the fact that the hike was a workout.
If you are fit (and equipped) for the hike, you will thoroughly enjoy it!
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