Looking for a great trail in Denali National Park, Alaska? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Denali National Park ranging from 0.9 to 9.1 miles and from 1,601 to 3,451 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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More than a mountain Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,320' Mount McKinley. Wild animals large and small roam unfenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike atleast 4 times this past spring and summer. It’s is beautiful! Just short enough for a quick hike, but leads to amazing views. Most times it is rainy at the top but you can usually still see (just check the weather). As I would say this is very moderate- it took my husband and I about an hour and 45 minutes to do. However, if you are not in hiking shape and able to handle inclines quickly- expect around 3 hours or more. I have brought guests who are not used to Alaska Hiking and it took almost 4 in some instances!

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icy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

At first I was a little nervous to try to conquer this trail with it covered in snow, but it’s a very well marked trail and was very easy to follow, even in the snow. The views are some of the best I’ve seen here in Alaska. I could even see Denali way off in the distance! I used snowshoes most of the way up, switched to microspikes near the top as the path gets more narrow and requires more precision, and then came down in microspikes as well. It took just over 3 hours with stopping along the way and taking about a 20 minute break up at the top. Overall, it was one of the best hikes I’ve done!

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snow
3 months ago

Deep ❄️ but well packed. Couldn’t make it to the end due to snow depth. Beautiful views with over a foot of snow ❄️. Only a few icy spots. It took me 4.5 hours round trip, but i’m an out of shape 67 year old, took a few rest stops.

Amazing views. Beautiful hike

Very good hike. Not so tiring. Went to see the beaver pond. It was amazing how these animals do their thing. Hubby and me did not see any person. Truly enjoyed.

Made this trail yesterday. It was an easy walk. We combined a bit of taiga trail, meadow view connector trail and roadside trail.

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scramble
snow
3 months ago

Great trail! I recommend starting the hike along the river and then go off trail to get back in the trail to continue to the top. you are gaining quite a bit of elevation in a short amount of time, trail starts off just going up and you’ll feel it (especially already not being a little sore). Weather was damp and misty at the bottom, by the time I was getting to the top, the wind and snow were setting in, was walking through a solid 6-8 inches when I turned around to return back to the mist at the bottom. I’ll do this one a couple times with different variations and distances.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice walk. Not a hike. LOTS of evidence for beaver activity, but we didn’t see any beavers. Great hike for families with kids.

Obviously this is past tourist season, therefore I thoroughly enjoyed my hike. It has its ups and downs ;), but seriously it’s a nice quick route if you’re looking for something short, but want to feel accomplished. I ended up continuing past the peak for a bit, which I would’ve continued to do so to reach high altitudes and get a solid 14-15 miles however the weather was not cooperating, expectingly due to the time of year. I took this route back down and added on with a couple of the quicker/shorter routes at the base to continue the experience. I know I was long winded but overall I enjoyed the trail for a quick after work hike. Not sure if if I would enjoy this in high season however as a full disclosure. Views are great - even when the fog rolled in!

Awesome trail and beautiful views!

hiking
4 months ago

What a beautiful day! Same as others, if I come to Denali again, I will take this trail too. Enjoyable! A good way to take a look of Denali and this park. Easy trail. Take a walk and enjoy.

hiking
4 months ago

Hike the trail each time we stay at Wonder Lake (7 times). Easy and enjoyable. Well maintained with new boardwalk over streams and mud prone areas. We go in late August/ early September. Good weather with great views of the whole Alaska range. Fewer bugs than at the campground. Never needed a net or repellent. Can be crowded especially when Kantishna area based resorts bring vans full of guests. Our group of 4 went in on a Thursday seeing only.4 others on the trail. Going up or down the Mickinley’s braids gives a chance to extend the hike and have more solitude. Wildlife viewing iffy. Blueberry and cranberry picking can be good.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful, nice 5 mile trail if you tack on the Tiaga Trial that takes you to Horseshoe Lake.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy, high trafficked, maintained trail! Beautiful but too many people. Go in the morning or afternoon for seclusion.

Great easy hike. Uphill but fully maintained trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Tons of beaver damns.

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bugs
muddy
4 months ago

For me personally absolutely worth it! Very hard with a lot of water!

Far more difficult than I was expecting but what a great view!

Awesome hike! I did the hike carrying my 3 year old on my back in a carrier, husband and 6 year old son. My husband had to carry the 6 year old for about 20 minutes on the way up on his back in a carrier, but after some food and a short rest, our son was able to make it all the way to the top and back down on his won. Bring jackets, hats and gloves. When you get up to the top it was very cold and windy. I'm glad we had all those otherwise, it would have been a very brief stop at the top before going back down.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail, easy walking, we jogged some of the downhill parts. Made it from one side to the other in under 3 hours.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

We hiked this trail right after doing the horseshoe lake trail. We ran out of time and energy before completing the loop so we turned around after a good while up a very big, seemingly endless, hill. The trail was well maintained and we saw several squirrels, birds, and one rabbit/hare. If you are in better shape than we are this trail would be doable but there are a decent amount of elevation climbs.

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bugs
4 months ago

This trail was decent. Pretty well maintained. There was a decent hill to climb down before you get to the lake (and back up on return). We parked near the train tracks. The trail was good but overall the views weren’t all that spectacular. There was a beaver dam that we saw, which was pretty cool. I was expecting better picture perfect locations for the lake but didn’t really see much so I was a little disappointed with that. But overall the walk was good, aside from the hill!

hiking
4 months ago

A local favorite. My kids and I hike it often.

One of my favorite hikes!! The view is amazing. Well groomed trail, lots of switch backs near the top. The trail continues up to Mt Healy peak. A must do when you visit Denali National Park.

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