Horseshoe Lake Trail is a 3.4 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Denali National Park, 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.

Distance: 3.4 km Elevation Gain: 120 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

nature trips
4 hours ago

Easy short hike with kids, ages 4 and 7 years old. Trail was in perfect condition. The beaver dams were impressive.

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icy
snow
1 month ago

Did the trail about 3 weeks ago, it is a small trail but in the winter it can be very peaceful and nice, also didn’t see many people around. the lake was completely frozen and you can actually walk on it as well as the river. Did find tracks of animals but didn’t get the chance to see any. Easy and beautiful trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Did the trail in Aug 2019. Effort to reward ratio is max in this one as this one is an easy hike with breathtaking views. I was awed by the beaver dams. These fellas are so hardworking and build these amazing dams. There are multiple viewpoints with amazing views. Loved this one.

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8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

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

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8 months ago

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

recorded Horseshoe Lake Trail

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8 months ago

Tons of beaver damns.

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bugs
8 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
8 months ago

A walk down to horseshoe lake. We stopped at the beaver dam and saw nothing though the dam was amazing. Yes n our walk back however we had an amazing encounter with a very large beaver. He was walking right down the middle of our path. We backed up & enjoyed watching it chewing up tree bark. Someone else saw a bear near the lake but we did not. A fun little trail.

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9 months ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone. Super well marked and easy trail - beginning/end is a little steep, but after that it’s almost completely flat. The views of the lake and river are incredible, and so are the beaver dams. You can see all the trees that the beavers have fell as well as their dams. We actually saw one working on the dams, which was incredible. Birds were flying inches from our faces making this an easy but still magical hike.

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9 months ago

Very easy and beautiful hike in Denali. The water is so clear and reflects so well. Definitely take a camera with you. We saw many beaver dams and even a porcupine on our hike. He crossed the trail then went up a tree. The hike didn’t take long at all. Great for all skill levels.

hiking
9 months ago

Saw beaver dams, bald eagle and owls. Beautiful!

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9 months ago

Very easy trail. Well maintained. Nice views of the lake, river, and beaver dams. Saw real beavers working.

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9 months ago

Easy peasy and great views!

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10 months ago

Walked this twice last week. Great trail! You walk down to the lake, so prepare for the hike back up. There are steps built & the trail is well marked. The beaver dam is neat to see close up (reason for 2nd hike so others in our group could see the dam). We saw the beaver swimming in the lake. Highlight was when the beaver crossed the trail 10 feet in front of us dragging a log. Definately recommend this trail.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is about as good as it gets for an easy trail. Beautiful vistas, very well maintained trails, small animals and birds visible along the trail. Portions of the trail follow along the river at the rapids. Be sure to catch the beaver dam along the way. Beautiful walk along the clear waters on the west side of Horsehoe Lake. An outstanding hike. Bring your camera!!

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10 months ago

Spent the day with young kids hiking near the visitors center. Great views of an active and effective beaver dam. There were fresh moose tracks by the river. All in all a nice forest walk.

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10 months ago

This trail was the highlight of our trip! Moderately easy and great for families, the trail offers great views the entire loop and often has wildlife. We were lucky enough to see 4+ beavers. It took 1 hour at a fairly leisurely pace.

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10 months ago

Great (fairly) easy trail with wonderful views of the lake. We were even lucky enough to see a moose grazing in the water

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10 months ago

Easy hike around the lake. Multiple stops with views of the Nenana river, beaver dams, and Horseshoe Lake.

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10 months ago

This is a easy peaceful and beautiful trail. I go every year when visiting family. Must do if you have a few hours.

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rocky
10 months ago

Great little hike with interesting geology and flora. The beaver dam section is awesome and we were lucky to see beavers at work. Easy hike.

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10 months ago

Beautiful walk. Unfortunately, we did not see any wildlife.

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10 months ago

Nice trail with some decent views but definitely does not do Denali National Park justice. The lake is really pretty and we saw 2 moose, a couple beaver, and ducks... but we felt the beauty of the wilderness is stunted by the cabins that are pretty much always in view across the river. A nice easy hike if you have just an hour but don’t expect it to be the highlight of your Denali vacation.

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10 months ago

Easy trail with rewarding views of a lake created by beaver dams. Saw a beaver swimming in the lake from afar and also saw a female moose and calf from the trail.

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11 months ago

I completed this trail in June 10th. It is leery easy trail, definitely family friendly. The trail start from an small parking very close to the train rails close to the visitor center. It Was my first trail at Denali’s National Park and the most rewarding in terms of wildlife spotting. We saw like 4 moose including a mother and the calf. Also a beaver at work pulling branches in the water and ducks. It is very difficult to find a more rewarding trail in such a short distance.

11 months ago

Great trail for beginners and advanced. Beautiful views of the pond and river - and a beaver dam as well. There are a few steep sections that might be harder for limited mobility persons.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a great trail. Most of the trail is flat with the exception of the beginning and end. There’s a cool beaver damn and den. We saw the beaver pulled branches to its den.

11 months ago

Very casual hike with lots to see. Definitely family friendly.

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