That depends on the type of trip you're taking.
The lower area of the glacier is an easy and leisurely recreation area. Many of the trails are paved, and there are plenty of rangers and hikers around. If you take the Harding Icefield trail, expect to engage with one of the harder hikes in the Seward area. The Harding Icefield trail is about 4000ft of uphill hiking over 3.5 miles, and it's no joke - really pretty, but pretty tough.
Exit Glacier Ice Climbing and Ice Hiking:
These trips require some level of endurance to enjoy because for both trips, we have to hike up 1400ft of elevation in a mile-and-a-half. The trail is in good condition and is well designed, but it is a fairly steep hike up.
It's always hard to gauge over the phone or internet whether or not an individual will be able to complete these trips, but as a general guideline for fitness, if you engage in physical activity on a fairly regular basis and can imagine yourself hiking steadily uphill for an hour-and-a-half, you'll probably be fine on the hike. If that sounds awful to you, our Exit Glacier guided hikes are going to be pretty tough.
If you think these trips will be too hard for you or for a group member, please check out our helicopter trips, because we are able to cater the difficulty of those trips to the group.
If you are uncertain of your fitness level or ability, give us a call and we'll try our best to assess the situation for you, as best as we can.
Since the helicopter lands right next to the glacier on these trips, the level of difficulty can be whatever you want to make it! We have a relatively easy and flat section of the glacier that we can walk on, and we also have a lot of technical and erratic sections that we can access if you are looking for more of a challenge. Since we try to keep these trips private, we can cater the difficulty level of the trip specifically to your group.