Our trip was beginning to wind down as we made our way over to Seward, AK. The small town is a hub for tourist due to the cruise ships docking there. Out of all the places we had been, this area packed the most hiking trails in. Filling a few days here, was no problem.
The first hike we did was inside Kenai Fords National Park. The Harding Icefield Trail is 8.2 miles of round trip climbing. The trail winds its way up as you pass by the scattered hikers. Eventually you reach a lookout point that makes for an excellent lunch spot. The spot allows you to see for miles on a clear day.
After finishing up the Harding Icefield Hike we still has a few hours so we headed across town to the Tonsina Point Trail. The trail is 4.4 miles round trip and follows a restricted road cut for most the route. There is a very gradual climb through a thick forest before being deposited at the confluence. Once there you cross a bridge that allows you to watch the salmon, which was pretty amazing. The creek was full of them, and other wildlife in the area was plucking them out of the water. On our way back a couple we had passed on our way in was headed back to us in hurry. They had apparently encountered a bear just a few hundred feet ahead. The bear was not deterred by the two dogs and began approaching down the trail (presumably to its dinner at the creek). We grouped up with the couple for the hike back, but didn't see any sign of the bear.
The next day we found a 13 mile out a back on the Lost Lake Trail. There are two trails that make up this route. One is the summer trail and one the winter trail. Against Sara's better judgement, I convinced her to do the Winter Trail to the lakes. The route was overgrown, steep and slippery in spots. Overall we got to see an amazing lake and a backcountry cabin that was worth it. It eventually met up with the Summer Trail that was better used and provided some snacking blueberries for Sara. Without a map or gps track we thought we had missed the Lost lake. After some debating we turned around and headed down the Summer Trail. Evidently we didn't go far enough to see the lake, but the hike was still worth it. Both routes offer different sights and I would recommend checking them both out if in the area, just know what your in for on the Winter Trail.
In our last attempt to see some glaciers up close, we booked a tour boat ride. The ride was painful with all the mouth breathers, but we saw some amazing animals. A pod of 20-30 killer whales started it off. We saw seals, sea otters, sea lions, a few flying puffins, and finally a few fin whales. It was well worth the trip.