Savage Alpine Trail

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Savage Alpine Trail is a 7.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Healy, Alaska that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2916 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

river

views

wildlife

no dogs

The more strenuous Savage Alpine Trail runs more than four miles, and connects the Savage River area with Savage River Campground. Use the Savage River Shuttle to travel back to your starting point if you need to pick up a car, or use it to return to the park entrance if you have no vehicle; or, you can walk about two miles along the park road.

3 months ago

Windy and sublime

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5 months ago

Cool hike with a little wildlife, some grizzly activity at the end of the trail ( moose lunch). skip the bus return and hike both directions.

hiking
7 months ago

Only did a mile from the river side,but still gorgeous!

8 months ago

Great Hike! The switch backs make it easier and I felt more moderate than hard.

8 months ago

Best hike we took while in Alaska. Hiked up the gradual side from the Mountain View trail. Stopped for lunch at the summit and spectacular views. Instead of hiking back over, we walked 2 mi along Park Rd back to our car.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome experience... we set up hammocks off the trail using boulders as anchors.. seen 2 Caribou, & about a dozen doll sheep.. hiked up the mountain vertically to the top 4,244' .. an amazing hike!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Gorgeous hike, I started from the inclined end. The sky was clear and I could see Denali. There were 2 bull moose laying in the thickets within 100 yards from one another. Just an amazing hike and not too strenuous.

hiking
10 months ago

Great great trail in the Park. A little tough on the incline but well worth it and it gets easier as it goes.

10 months ago

not hard!! this is a pretty easy trail as trails go. just watch out for the thieving ground squirrels and don't feed them, please! do make noise in the brushy low areas, because bears do hang out here.

10 months ago

One of the few maintained trails in the park. Great views and manageable as a hike. A family with 4 kids did it with us and made it out fine.

The end near Savage River connects with the loop and is much steeper. If you want the most for your time, start at Mountain Vista and take the trail north to Savage River Loop. You can combine both into a 6 mile hike that is flat at both ends. Take the bus back to start point or all the way back to park entrance

hiking
10 months ago

Great this time of year.

10 months ago

Great hike, steepest area is at the Savage River end of the trail. Great views and a decent day hike. Hat and sweater for at the top in case it's windy is recommended.

10 months ago

Either way you approach there's a big climb up at first. But also this hike is probably one of the most accessible as a harder hike without having to go past Savage River. Also be warned, did this hike in mid-August around 2/3pm and it was very cold and windy near the top. I would recommend a hat or ear covering.

hiking
11 months ago

Great views.

hiking
11 months ago

Took the family - beautiful views.

11 months ago

it made you work out but the view was amazing

hiking
11 months ago

Great views, good trail, not too congested with people either. We took the steeper side up from the Savage River day area and ended at the campground, then just walked the road for two miles back to our car. It was 6 miles round trip then and we got to see the caribou at the river from the road. Loved it!

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Amazing views of Denali if the skies are clear. Not terribly difficult. See link below for photos.

http://www.trailsunblazed.com/hiking-the-savage-alpine-trail-in-denali-national-park/

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