Horseshoe Lake Trail

EASY 42 reviews
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Horseshoe Lake Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Healy, Alaska that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

1.4 miles
295 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


1 day ago

Great little year round hike. Did it in Jan, -20s temps. The lake is frozen in the winter and you can walk on parts of it. Most stunning is the opening along the Nenana River—bright water against the snow covered banks and mountain views.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike!! SO worth the drive:)

4 months ago

It's an easy hike. Fun for kids. Lots of beaver dams and squirrels along the trail. Lake is unbelievably clear. Suggest doing it if you have the time on your trip to Alaska!

5 months ago

Extremely easy loop, not much to it. The lake is gorgeous and the occasional beaver may peek it's way out from its dam.

I recommend combining this hike with a few of the others in the area; like the roadside or maybe even MT Healy.

6 months ago

Easy trail with very nice views of the Nenana.

6 months ago

Beautiful views. Worth doing

6 months ago

great warm up hike. beautiful setting. watched a muskrat having breakfast and a collared pika.

6 months ago

Saw one mama moose and her two twin babies. Very easy and I took my time overall an hour long. The shuttle buses are on time :)

6 months ago

Nice little hike. Saw moose and her two baby calves.

7 months ago

Great little trail if you are short on time like us. Saw 5 beavers and heard a bull moose call.

7 months ago

A moderate trail. Some good sized up hills on the way back. Pretty view of some lakes. Pretty crowded place.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Loved this hike! It actually has one very steep section to it. You can hike all the way around the lake. Gorgeous scenery and vistas.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Very beautiful and easy trail.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

great spot to observe beavers

Monday, September 05, 2016

Ok trail. VERY Accessible. Has boardwalks too to keep out of the marshy pond. Trail track listed here is misleading you can hike entire way around the lake. lots of beavers our working on their dams and there is actually a train crossing during the first 1/4 mile of the trail. Time if around 1630 to see the AKRR cut through.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Breathtaking picturesque views of the pond with the mountain backdrop. Go slow and take it all in... Nice boardwalk section, river section and tons of geologically interesting things to see if you take the full loop... Go see the beaver dam then take the rest of the trail.. Don't just turn around and go back up.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lovely views and great opportunities to see wildlife-including beaver, a variety of ducks and moose.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

short but great little hike, beaver ponds and moose sightings.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

They are doing a good job of upgrading the trail, e.g. adding log steps on the steeper portions. You may see a beaver patrolling the dam or a moose bathing and grazing in the lake.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

No pets on park trails. There looks to be a trail that accesses it from outside the park possibly, though. We accessed the trail from within the park near the railroad tracks. Didn't see the little "no dog" symbols on all of the trail signs. Short hike down to lake, can be steep coming back up. Well maintained.

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