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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

Fantastic hike! Left from river side with a good strenuous vertical start to the top of the crest. Spectacular views as the weather moved in. Freezing rain and snow rest of the way. High north winds at the outset but just be prepared. Weather changes in an instant there. Highly recommend this hike. Went in early June.

hiking
13 days ago

So I did this hike with a friend on 9/1/2014, not expecting much to change from a beautiful, clear morning hike we'd had elsewhere. Everything started off fine as we headed along the river. We noticed what looked like a storm a ways off. By the time we started gaining elevation we were getting into it, and soon we found ourselves in a quite the little blizzard. Semi-high winds, couldn't see beyond the next ridge often, it was pretty cool and a few times slightly scary. It was like being in a Game of Thrones episode. So this is all to make the point, check the weather before you head up so you know what you might be getting into.

Anyway, quite the workout and fun hike. Hard to speak of the view since we couldn't see much, but I bet it's great on a clear day. We only went one way, then hitched a ride back to the trailhead. Overall highly recommended.

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 :)

hiking
18 days ago

Awesome hike, but wouldn’t recommend if there’s still snow. We lost the trail and ended up making our own path through some sections.

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

Continued past the “maintained” trail to a waterfall where we saw Dall Sheep on the other side of the river (high up). Also saw ground squirrels, snowshoe hares and caribou.

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.

Very easy, level terrain. Got to see some Caribou close up but otherwise not too interesting.

I found it challenging but definitely doable. Real windy on the south side so bring some layers. Featureless near the top but great views of Denali if you’re lucky enough to have clearer skies. Hiked in May and didn’t see any wildlife except squirrels. Would love to do again in the Summer months for better surroundings and less snow track .

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.

hiking
2 months ago

It's a beautiful trail and such a short loop, but don't go in the spring without proper hiking shoes, the ice is still there (wow i'm such a lower 48er) and you can end up nearly falling in the river multiple times.

Windy and sublime

hiking
6 months ago

Cool hike with a little wildlife, some grizzly activity at the end of the trail ( moose lunch). skip the bus return and hike both directions.

Remarkable view of the Denali Park Village from the top!

hiking
8 months ago

Only did a mile from the river side,but still gorgeous!

Great for the entire family! Easy and absolutely stunning.

Great Hike! The switch backs make it easier and I felt more moderate than hard.

hiking
9 months ago

Well traveled and beautiful views all around. Gets pretty winding toward the top ridge and cold. Good climb and distance is about right for a moderate hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Gentle walk around the Eielson Visitor Center area and a good way to stretch your legs after the long bus trip. Lots of alpine flowers. On a clear day there are wonderful views of Denali.

Beautiful hike. We went with a Ranger and she was really informative while keeping the hike to a gentle pace. It does have quite a bit of elevation gain, but the trail is good.

Best hike we took while in Alaska. Hiked up the gradual side from the Mountain View trail. Stopped for lunch at the summit and spectacular views. Instead of hiking back over, we walked 2 mi along Park Rd back to our car.

Very easy. Enjoyed this little day hike. So pretty too!

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome experience... we set up hammocks off the trail using boulders as anchors.. seen 2 Caribou, & about a dozen doll sheep.. hiked up the mountain vertically to the top 4,244' .. an amazing hike!!!

Great hike with amazing views. My four kids ages 4-12 did it with me.

backpacking
10 months ago

Awesome views of Denali, if you’re in the area and happen to be backpacking, try to catch a view early in the morning. Got some awesome pictures of the summit up there.

hiking
10 months ago

Gorgeous hike, I started from the inclined end. The sky was clear and I could see Denali. There were 2 bull moose laying in the thickets within 100 yards from one another. Just an amazing hike and not too strenuous.

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