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.
Like all trails in Denali, be mindful of bears, especially in the early summer months of May and June.
- Length: 3 miles roundtrip
- Elevation gain: 200 fee
- Time: 1 – 1½ hr roundtrip