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Mount Healy Overlook Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Denali National Park, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until August.

Length 6.1 mi Elevation gain 2,417 ft Route type Out & Back

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Reviews (375)
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Recordings (218)
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Elizabeth McCarthy
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Hiking

Beautiful day and great hiking conditions!

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Chris Williams
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Hiking

As others have reported, this is a fairly short but steady ascent to a great panorama of McKinley Village and the entrance to Denali. Can't see much into the park westward, but you have a great big sky for beautiful clouds.

Laura B.
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Hiking

Fantastic!!

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Jeff Heyd
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Hiking
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Emilie Reinhardt
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Hiking

love this trail. this is a strenuous climb but it may be one of the best and most rewarding hikes I have done.

dominique oden
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Hiking

Loved this trail. Compared to the other trails listed as hard in Alaska, I would personally rate this one as moderate!

James R.
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Hiking

Great hike. As other reviews have mentioned it is not too steep but it is a steady incline the entire way to the top. Definitely doable for beginners if you take your time. Beautiful views once you reach the top. Will be back for another hike!

Nicolette Noens
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Bradley Peterson
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Hiking

Good hike. Uphill the whole way to the top and also pretty steep. Well worth it for the views at the top. Highly recommend.

David Burruss
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Hiking

Had a great time. Tough on the calves going up, tough on the knees coming down, but if a Nebraska boy can do it... One simply must continue past the “maintained” portion; the path is well beaten and the views are worth the extra effort. We saw a bunch of moose and sheep poop, but only saw a few marmots and a squirrel in the woods. Fun hike. I definitely recommend it.

Greg Helton
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HikingRockyScramble

Added .7 and caught some decent rain at the top which slowed down the pace for slick terrain. Great views, great level of effort. Loved it!

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Christopher Eckert
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Hiking

Hell of a climb up to the top. Your legs will feel it. Continue past marked trail for some nice views. If it rains like it did while we climbed, you might end up walking a stream.

Darsey Bartling
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HikingBugs

Wow! What a hike! Definitely a climb. The park rates it as strenuous, AllTrails rates it moderate. I would say it is in between. Mosquitoes are pretty thick in shaded areas, so definitely bring bug spray. My best advice besides bugspray is to keep going once the maintained trail ends at the overlook. You get to hike along the ridge & that was our favorite part of the hike. Made the 1,700 foot hike worth it. You feel like you are in the Lord of the Rings walking through Middle Earth. Also, I brought my hiking poles and was very thankful I had them.

Annie Kleckner-Thiele
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HikingRocky

I was a little nervous hiking this with my parents (60+), but they had no problem making it to the top! We took our time and rested at the view points along the way- definitely pack a light daypack. If you have poles, I would recommend bringing them along. However, you can do just fine without them. At the top, there are spectacular views. Although it was hot on the way up, would recommend bringing long sleeves for the top- it's chilly with the wind. We would hike this trail over and over again if we could!

Sierra Lopez
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Hiking

Beautiful! Steady incline the whole way up. Very windy at the top.

Dan Courtney
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HikingGreat!

We loved this hike! Some big inclines, but overall well-maintained trail and not overly difficult. Amazing views of the Denali park entrance and surrounding area. Definitely worth doing.

Elliot Huff
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Hiking

A steady incline with great views along the way! Recommend this if you want a great view. The trail continues after the peak of Mt. Healy, going to other peaks that have even better views. Hard hike but if you take it steady it’s worth it for sure!

dayus raynolds
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HikingGreat!

This was my first hike in Alaska and the further up I went, the dreamier the landscape. I wasn't expecting to walk along the ridge of a mountain. I felt as if I were a hobbit wandering through Middle Earth. Once you get to the top of this hike and see the hiking path continue winding onward, it's hard to stop. It was a humbling experience.

Katelyn Chevalier
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Hiking

If you’re visiting Denali/Healy Alaska, and are even just a moderate hiker - HIKE THIS TRAIL! The views from the lookout make you feel like you’re standing in an oil painting. Scenic is an understatement. It’s a solid moderate-challenging hike at times, but toward the top there is a lot of switchbacks which lessen the effects of how steep it is. Fun hike! Highly recommend!

Gabby Quintero
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HikingRocky

Get ready for some elevation gain! The weather was a bit cold at the top. The way up is warm because you’re working. Lots of rocky steps. But the views at the top were absolutely beautiful. Ps no dogs supposed to be on the trail!

Chance Williams
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HikingMuddySnow

Fantastic trail! Took about 3 hours up and 1 hour down. Ventured a mile or so past the actual trail end onto higher peaks. The views are incredible. No one up there but us. Love it when no one is in the trail! Patches of ice here and there. Moose encounter. Lynx encounter. This one says moderate and I’d say this could be hard for most. You’ve got to do this trail! This trail has been blessed.

AllTrails User
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HikingSnow

I went up 20 Jan 2020 for a quick hike. MLK was free day in the park!! Beautiful trail and great views! The trail is snow packed all the way up and I made it with just standard hiking boots with no issues. I did use Yak Tracks on the way down and would suggest some sort of micro-spikes for the steep sections. My Garmin Instinct clocked an 800' elevation gain so i'm not sure if the main description is correct or my watch but the hike didn't seem too bad though it is obviously steep in spots, I do find the 1600' may be an exaggeration. All in all a great day out and helped to subdue the cabin fever!!

Sam Wat
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Hiking

Did this hike atleast 4 times this past spring and summer. It’s is beautiful! Just short enough for a quick hike, but leads to amazing views. Most times it is rainy at the top but you can usually still see (just check the weather). As I would say this is very moderate- it took my husband and I about an hour and 45 minutes to do. However, if you are not in hiking shape and able to handle inclines quickly- expect around 3 hours or more. I have brought guests who are not used to Alaska Hiking and it took almost 4 in some instances!

Blair C.
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At first I was a little nervous to try to conquer this trail with it covered in snow, but it’s a very well marked trail and was very easy to follow, even in the snow. The views are some of the best I’ve seen here in Alaska. I could even see Denali way off in the distance! I used snowshoes most of the way up, switched to microspikes near the top as the path gets more narrow and requires more precision, and then came down in microspikes as well. It took just over 3 hours with stopping along the way and taking about a 20 minute break up at the top. Overall, it was one of the best hikes I’ve done!

Terry Hulsey
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HikingSnow

Deep ❄️ but well packed. Couldn’t make it to the end due to snow depth. Beautiful views with over a foot of snow ❄️. Only a few icy spots. It took me 4.5 hours round trip, but i’m an out of shape 67 year old, took a few rest stops.

Josh Helmer
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Hiking

Amazing views. Beautiful hike

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