Bison Gulch

HARD 25 reviews
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Bison Gulch is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Denali National Park, Alaska that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,868 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

off trail

no dogs

You can bring your dog for the first mile, but after that point there are no dogs allowed.

26 days ago

Extremely fun hike little risky with beautiful views well worth it !

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1 month ago

Maybe I have been spoiled by the trails inside Denali National Park. This trail is not very well marked or maintained. As such, most people should be prepared to get lost and then, hopefully, find their way.

Don't get me wrong, the views from near the top are spectacular and there is a definite sense of accomplishment for scaling a mountain this size with very little navigational help. But, if you are a beginner, please enjoy this hike with someone else - perhaps someone with hiking experience.

I loved the hike because it pushes you mentally and physically and then rewards you at the tip of every peak with amazing views of the calley.

hiking
1 month ago

Wow! So glad we got a local recommendation to take this hike up Mt Healy. In the end we were a bit short on time to make the final summit climb itself but that did not take away from the views and experience! This is not a beginner hike, with significant and constant uphill grades and rock scrambles with very loose and sharp granite/shale. The weather was very clear and windy! Easily 60+ mph mainly along the lower ridges; enough to make foot placement and balance difficult. If anyone has done Mt Washington in NH, this hike rivals that in terms of wind, exposure, and terrain.

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1 month ago

This hike was breathtaking. We had very good weather and the clouds subsided as we got to the top. The views were stunning as we reached every faux peak. This hike definitely earned its hard rating as there were some difficult sections to climb in the broken slate. Definitely would recommend!

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

We went up Labor Day weekend 2017. As others have stated, it is a moderately steep grade most of the way with several benches to rest on. There is loose rock most of the way. Overall I'd say this is a moderately advanced hike for experienced hikers. Novice hikers will find it difficult. BRING A WINDBREAKER OR RAIN JACKET!! Gusts were about 60mph at the top!!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

One of the hardest hikes Healy, AK has to offer. The trail often is at an incline, and the rocks are at times loose. Don't let this steer you away from doing it. Every ridge line has one incredible view after another. Be sure to hike all the way to the "castle" It's totally worth it. At this point expect an extremely steep climb roughly 20 feet up.
Once at the top don't forget to sign your name, Enjoy

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I would rate this trail as difficult. The assent is very steep and technical. A lot of loose rocks. Same for the descent. Dress in layers. Gorgeous views from several points along the way if you don't want to go all the way to the top.

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