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

Dall Sheep up top, arctic ground squirrels thriving with lots of blueberries along the way. Started at west end and got most of elevation out of the way right off the bat. Trail in top shape, great family hike.

hiking
18 days ago

Great quick hike while going through Denali.

Very easy and quite enjoyable. There's an unmaintained narrow path that rises beyond the bridge that gives nice views back along the river.

walking
1 month ago

Short and flat walk with interpretive signs. If it had not been cloudy, we would have gotten views of all the surrounding mountains (hence, the name of the trail.) Sept 6, 2018.

Fairly steep and rocky at points, need hands to steady but not support yourself. Very windy up top with great views

Fairly steep, well kept path, no need to use hands. In late August there was snow at the top but it was fairly warm down by the river.

Great laidback trail. Easy stroll with beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail on 8/23 starting at the Mountain vista parking lot and finishing at Savage River. Beautiful views and lots of wild blueberries on the way up. As others have mentioned, make sure you have layers because it’s really cold and windy on the ridge.

A good trail to get you beyond the visitor center. It was fairly crowded but a nice trail along the river with wildlife viewing opportunities. I saw my first caribou here. I recommend binoculars

What an absolutely incredible trail. If you are in Denali and, like me, unenthused about sitting on a bus for several hours to explore the park - take the bus. Trust me. Take the bus out to Eielson Visitor Center and do this hike. We managed to hit it on a crystal blue sky day and the views were unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The hike is steep and strenuous, but you won’t even care because with each step the view gets better and better. Go to the very top for the full panoramic viewing experience.

hiking
1 month ago

just hiked this trail. fairly steep but not too bad. finished in a couple hours

hiking
2 months ago

This is, by far, my favorite trail in all of Denali National Park.
The climb up is tough at times but it is then that you can stop and look around at the majestic views. Once up top, the scene is amazing but don't stop at the marked trail. Continue towards Denali and you will find some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the park.
I felt like I was in the movie "Sound of Music" on one peak then a totally different feeling on the next. Then, I sat and watched the Mountain they call The Great One, Denali, as the afternoon wore on. An amazing hike and well worth the effort.

hiking
2 months ago

Short and easy trail off the tundra trail at the Eielson visitor center

hiking
2 months ago

Short and easy trail below the Eielson visitor center

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail with views that can be accessed from the campground instead of walking up to the road.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun to get one of the five cabins that the park service uses in the winter as they patrol the trails with dogsleds.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail tends to get a bit crowded with people but there is still plenty of room to see the beauty of the river. The path is very well-marked and level. Great hike for someone who wants to get into the park a little bit further that the visitor center.

hiking
2 months ago

Brisk and breathtaking!

I did this trail on a rainy day starting from the campground stop. I did carry bear spray just in case but never needed it. The most aggressive animal I saw was a squirrel. I did see some amazing views even in the clouds. On the way back down it was hard to concentrate on my footing because I was in awe of the view. That lead to one fall but I was luck to land on my padding and hop back up. In some areas, a fall could have been disastrous.

If you are riding the shuttle, catch a ride back from the Ranger booth at the river. The Rangers are always happy to point you in the right direction.

I was just in awe to be in Denali National Park!! Went during the last week of May!

2 months ago

Nice trail after bus ride to Eielson. Really enjoyed looking at Mt. Denali from the trail. Ran into lots of cute ground squirrels along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! We had breathtaking views of Denali from the top! If you start on the gradual side and go down the steep side, it really isn’t too strenuous. We saw hikers of all ages. It’s heavily trafficked so bears weren’t a huge concern but carry bear spray just in case. Be prepared for A LOT of wind. Even on a calm day we had around 50mph prevailing winds on the exposed side. Highly recommend this hike!

Did the trail with my boys, 14 and 12 years old in 2.5 hours. Rigorous uphill but great vista views. Temp changes so layers helped.

Moderately trafficked area with more commercialization than desired at the trail head, but the views and scenery were still incredible! It’s a short hike, relatively easy. The hike takes you out and back along the edges of the river, back into some beautiful rock formations.

Started at wilderness trail loop and ended at the Savage river (4mile hike). We had two 4 yr olds and two 7 yr olds and they nailed it! Breathtaking views and we even saw a big blonde bear.

hiking
3 months ago

Not an easy hike, however the views are stupendous! We did this with our 2 teenage daughters, and it was fully within everyone’s capability. I felt like we were on The Sound of Music while hiking the ridge line. I highly recommend starting at the Savage River trailhead and hiking towards Mountain Vista area. This gets the hardest part done early in the hike.

Nice if you go off trail a bit, this is a very busy trail!

Was a lot of fun even though it was raining and hailing with no visibility. Short enough to enjoy the bad weather and challenging incline. Nice contrast to long bus rides through the park

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked up to the high point from the Savage River lot. The incline is for sure brutal on the west side. Elected to head back down to the lot from there as it was raining pretty hard and we were soaked through. That view at the top is worth the climb, though.

hiking
3 months ago

Three stars since it's still in Denali, but it's not the most exciting trail. Up the ante by going off the trail at the north end and hopefully seeing some wildlife that people on the trail can't see.

hiking
3 months ago

Super easy hike, beautiful scenery, good for kids or those with bad knees. There’s usually a fair amount of traffic, but some peaceful spots to sit and reflect just off trail.

Load More