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McKinley Bar Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Denali National Park, Alaska that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 971 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Lake

River

Views

Wildlife

No dogs

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From a road junction approaching Wonder Lake Campground, this trail passes through wet meadows and enters spruce forest, and ends at the McKinley River

Denali National Park PO Box 9 Denali Park, AK 99755 Phone: (907) 683-9532 General park information. The phone is answered 9 am - 4 pm daily, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. If you reach the voicemail, please leave a message with your number and we'll call you back as soon as we finish helping the visitor on the line ahead of you.

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Sara Z
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Hiking

What a beautiful day! Same as others, if I come to Denali again, I will take this trail too. Enjoyable! A good way to take a look of Denali and this park. Easy trail. Take a walk and enjoy.

Dennis Genebach
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Hike the trail each time we stay at Wonder Lake (7 times). Easy and enjoyable. Well maintained with new boardwalk over streams and mud prone areas. We go in late August/ early September. Good weather with great views of the whole Alaska range. Fewer bugs than at the campground. Never needed a net or repellent. Can be crowded especially when Kantishna area based resorts bring vans full of guests. Our group of 4 went in on a Thursday seeing only.4 others on the trail. Going up or down the Mickinley’s braids gives a chance to extend the hike and have more solitude. Wildlife viewing iffy. Blueberry and cranberry picking can be good.

Holly Pennington
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Dave Pulsipher
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Hiking

Great hike on a well-maintained trail. The trail takes you across streams and tundra, down into a forested area, and, eventually, to the McKinley Bar. Unfortunately, the clouds covered Denali, but this was an amazing hike.

Blair C.
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HikingBugs

This is a pretty well-maintained trail in the Wonder Lake area. It’s about a half mile from the campground. The views of the Alaska Range and the McKinley River at the end of the trail are stunning! Denali wasn’t out the day I did the trail, but this trail puts you two miles closer to the mountain than the campground is. Definitely bring your bug spray and head net, the mosquitos are pretty bad here!

Mike Ortiz
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Hiking

Good hike. Easy. Great scenery. Came here while camping at wonder lake. Would do again. P.s. bring deet and mosquito nets. It’s worth looking crazy in exchange for not going insane

Paul Averitt
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This trail shows off Denali taking you through tundra, which fades into a beautiful spruce forest. It ends at the huge glacier runoff where you can see Denali on a clear day. We went in the beginning of July 2018 and the Mosquitos were crazy bad. We sprayed several times with mosquito spray which kept them at bay. We never got bit but they were thick in some spots. It was so worth it because the views are amazing. I would do this trail again and again.

Mike Ingram
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Hiking

Well-kept trail. From the Wonder Lake stop you'll need to backtrack on the road 1/3 mile or so to get to the trailhead. In June the mosquitoes were HEAVY around Wonder Lake and at the river itself. Along the trail it wasn't AS bad, but still pretty rough. Don't laugh at the people with the mosquito nets on their heads, cuz you'll start wishing you had bought one for yourself. Amazing views of Denali if you get lucky with the clouds!

Liangliang Li
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Hiking

The trail crossed several different types of landscapes and it was a fun trail to hike. The end of the trail is a river bank and it gives a unblocked view of Denali. Unfortunately it was cloudy when we got there. Saw footprints of bears, old though.

Mo Fo
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He Ma
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Kevin Brasler
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Dj Hornyak
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Bryan Sandell
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Owen Cahill
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Matty Carbone
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Cyndi Ortiz
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Lo Rorabaugh
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Grace Harbin
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