Explore the most popular hiking trails in Denali National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Challenging, but worth it. Beautiful for a day hike. BTW...Listed as Strenuous by the NPS.

This trail shows off Denali taking you through tundra, which fades into a beautiful spruce forest. It ends at the huge glacier runoff where you can see Denali on a clear day. We went in the beginning of July 2018 and the Mosquitos were crazy bad. We sprayed several times with mosquito spray which kept them at bay. We never got bit but they were thick in some spots. It was so worth it because the views are amazing. I would do this trail again and again.

Easy hike. Great way to see the wildlife without venturing too far into the park. Moose, birds, and beaver.

Great views at the top

Hiked 3.2 miles in from the north end over July 4th weekend. Camping at Riley Creek Campground so another 1/2 mile to the trail head, so 7.4 miles total. Trail in excellent condition. Wide pathways along Riley Creek. No overgrowth to deal with. Trail heads upwards at just over mile number 2.0. Fairly steep grade, with switch-backs. Wouldn't say that the trail is hard like others.

Nice, easy to moderate trail. I hiked alone and was nervous, a lot of brush but great views and pleasant scenery

Awesome views of the valley below. The whole hike is a pretty trip through the woods with wildflowers all around. I recommend continuing up past the end of the maintained trail. It is still rather defined with even better views and opportunities to explore.

Very steep hike and can get quite warm on the way up. Once on top, great views for such a short hike. The trails are a big narrow and I had a very bad spill on the way back down but a great hike especially if you are hiking solo, lots of people everywhere

The day was about 75 degrees F which made it a sweaty hike. Views were great and you could see Mt. Denali at the top. Would not recommend to children or someone looking for a moderate hike. This was definitely strenuous.

Easy trail. We saw beavers and mooses. The lake is beautiful!

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15 days ago

Well-kept trail. From the Wonder Lake stop you'll need to backtrack on the road 1/3 mile or so to get to the trailhead. In June the mosquitoes were HEAVY around Wonder Lake and at the river itself. Along the trail it wasn't AS bad, but still pretty rough. Don't laugh at the people with the mosquito nets on their heads, cuz you'll start wishing you had bought one for yourself. Amazing views of Denali if you get lucky with the clouds!

Shorter than I would thought it should be, which I guess is a bigger bang for your buck as far as mileage goes. I want to go all the way to Mt Healy summit next time, not just the lookout.

on Horseshoe Lake Trail

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17 days ago

Easy hike with great views. Will likely see beavers and moose even though it’s a busy trail usually.

hiking
17 days ago

Great views and is very approachable, just steep and windy when the switchbacks start.

really easy trail. great views too.

Beautiful views. Some steep sections. Trail maintenance good. Nothing technical. Windy at top. Nice view of glittering gulch and Denali Park visitor center. Beautiful views of the Alaska Range. And the Park road valley.

If you can do Savage River Alpine Trail, you can definitely do this. It is not so much a quad burner but more of a long slow death but well worth it when you reach the top. Lots of moose on the lower half. You will wonder why people coming back are wearing winter hats and jackets even in June, but when you reach the top you will find out why. Come prepared.

Long but beautiful trail. Wonderful views at the top of every incline that make you forget about your legs hurting. We got lucky and did it on a clear day and saw a rainbow at the top of the mountain. The lakes are at the beginning of the trail but the second half of the trail offers scenic landscape views and up close encounter with the river. Two cool footbridges to cross at the very end too. Easy to catch a shuttle at the back end so you don’t have to repeat the trail going both ways. We finished in 4.5 hours including all of the individual lake trails. Totally worth it!

Decent ascent with some nice views from the top. It was somewhat cloudy so the views probably could have been better. Not many people on the trail and nice given its proximity to the park entrance

Was with my 77 y.o. mother and she was able to walk this trail without a problem. We just walked part of it from the visitor center back to Riley Creek Campground. One spot we went down was a little steep/rocky where she might have had a little difficulty had we been going uphill, but would have been able to make it.

Lots of brambles and mosquitos, steep ascent, but amazing views especially of Denali on a clear day

Nice and easy. The wildflowers and birch give a nice accent.

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1 month ago

We hiked this trail on June 10, 2018. It was a misty day but the trail is well-maintained and great.

We parked at the Denali village and hiked to the Dinali visitor center. It was just over 10 miles from parking lot to parking lot. There are shuttle buses from the Dinali visitor center which run every ~ hour that will take you back to the Denali village

Lots of moose skat & some wolf. Scenery at the summit area was incredible for us and on a clear day, not sure how you would take it all in.

This place is special in many ways

Beautiful views at the top, makes the hard work getting up worth it. Went early morning and did not see a soul on the way up, and barely anyone on the way down.

Tough trail but very well marked. I loved it!

Beautiful hike! Pack food to eat lunch/dinner at the top and enjoy the view :)

This hike was awesome. If you can, try to hit it around sunset, because the view from the top is beautiful!

Fantastic trail!! A highlight of our trip to Alaska. Should probably be rated hard as opposed to moderate. We'd been wondering about snow or ice on the trail, but it's clear now.

Fun and beautiful hike! Incredible views at the top. Saw several birds on the way up.

Its a climb but great views. There is a great ridge trail after the end of the official trail.

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