The Harding Icefield is an expansive icefield located in the Kenai Mountains
of the Kenai
Peninsula in Alaska
. It is also partially located in Kenai Fjords National Park
. It is named for United States
President Warren G. Harding. The Harding Icefield can claim to cover over 300 square miles (777 sq km) in its entirety (although, if one were to count its glaciers which descend from the icefield in all directions, the icefield measures in at over 1,100 square miles (2,849 sq km)).
The icefield spawns up to 40 glaciers of all types. Some of the more notable glaciers include the Tustumena Glacier
, Exit Glacier
, and McCarty Glacier
. The Exit Glacier, however, is the most accessible of the glaciers being reached by a spur road off of the Seward
Highway. The icefield is also one of four remaining icefields in the United States and is the largest icefield contained entirely within the United States. The icefield itself receives over 400 inches of snow each year.