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 round-trip
Elevation gain: 1,700 feet to overlook; 500 feet to benches
Time: 3 – 4 hr roundtrip to overlook; 2 hours roundtrip to benches