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This popular trail attracts lots of folks, so don’t expect to be the only hiker. It’s still worth the trip. The trail begins at Mile 0.9 on the park road near the railroad tracks. You’ll walk on a developed trail down to the lake. After you reach the Overlook, the trail drops steeply. Along the way, especially at the overlook bench, you’ll have a panoramic view of the Nenana River, the development called “Glitter Gulch” right outside the park, and surrounding mountains. A beaver dam and lodge are evident in the oxbow lake.
Length: 3 miles Roundtrip Elevation Gain: 200 ft. Time: 1-1 1/2 hr. Roundtrip
The first mile of this trail, which begins near the new Murie Science and Learning Center, is moderately steep, hiking through the forest. The forest eventually gives way to tundra. Trees turn to shrubs, and the landscape opens wide. The last 1.5 miles are even steeper. Your reward, however, is sweeping views of the Denali National Park entrance area, the Nenana River Valley, Healy Ridge, and nearby alpine ridges. Those who want to climb to the summit of Mount Healy should plan an all - day excursion.
Length: 3-5 miles Roundtrip Elevation: 1,700 ft to overlook, 500 ft to benches Time: 3-4 hr Roundtrip
If you're headed to the dog demonstration at the kennels, or if you just want to stretch your legs, try walking this wide, comfortable trail through the forest, up to headquarters from the Visitor Access Center. It basically follows the road, occasionally wandering out of sight of the traffic.
Length: 1.8 miles Elevation: 300 ft. Time: 45-1 hr. one way
You can begin hiking at Mile 231 Parks Highway, on the west side of the road, where there is a small pullout for parking. The trail climbs steeply, and crosses the Alaska Railroad tracks. Then, the trail moderates and emerges from the forest to a grand view of the Nenana River and the Alaska Range looking south toward Windy Pass. From there the trail loops around the ridge and follows a series of three scenic lakes. Eventually, the park plans to build a trail all the way back north, another 7 miles, to the park entrance area. This is a forested walk, although you can divert up the hillside, which is normally covered with wildflowers. This can be a great hike for a picnic with a view. It can also be very wet and muddy, so be sure to wear rubber boots or hiking boots. Length: About one mile one - way, or as far as you want to go.
Length: 9.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet Time: 5 hours one-way
Either drive your own car or take the free shuttle 15 miles out the park road to the Savage River check station. This is a popular hiking trail, and you won’t be alone, but at least you’re away from the entrance area and entering the true wilderness of Denali National Park. This is a tundra walk on a developed trail that follows the river. Good hike for kids, with possibility of seeing Dall sheep, marmots, and caribou. You can do a loop walk, thanks to a bridge that crosses the Savage River just about one - half mile downstream.
Length: 2 miles Roundtrip Elvation: Minimal Time: 1.5 - 2 hrs.
Either drive your own car or take the free shuttle 15 miles out the park road to the Savage River check station. This is a…
The trail starts at the Primrose rest area and heads up a gentle ridge until you reach the bench, which provides panoramic views of the park. Wildflowers are abundant in this area and usually peak between July 20 and August 10. The trail gets its name from the Primrose, a pretty purple flower that has only been found here in the park. You also have a good chance of More...
The hike crosses Igloo Creek. Six miles into the hike there is a spot where the river breaks into three branches. This is a good place to see bears and Dall sheep. This trail is mostly unmarked and can be difficult to follow, but is a good example of the real outdoors in Denali National Park.
The hike crosses Igloo Creek. Six miles into the hike there is a spot where the river breaks into three…
This hike does not require crossing any glaciers or dangerous streams, which makes for a good overnight hike for those who carry an overnight camping permit. Wildlife may be seen all along the way, often there are grizzly bears, wolves and caribou. Sheep are seen on the high mountains. If camping overnight, be aware of the high night winds.
This hike does not require crossing any glaciers or dangerous streams, which makes for a good overnight hike for…
Only 33 miles from the summit of Denali, and at an elevation of 3300’, Eielson offers some of the most spectacular views of Denali (formerly Mt McKinley). There are many activities you can do here, including ranger-guided hikes up to nearby Thorofare Pass and self-guided expiration of the high-alpine tundra environment.
Only 33 miles from the summit of Denali, and at an elevation of 3300’, Eielson offers some of the most…
Take an easy hike on a well-maintained trail from the Wonder Lake Campground to the McKinley River. This is part of the historic route that climbers used to access Denali (Mt. McKinley). Even though this approach has fallen out of favor for today's climbers, it's easy to imagine what it must have been like as you walk in the shadow of the great one. Look for wildlife More...