Savage River Loop Trail

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Denali Wilderness

Savage River Loop Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Healy, Alaska that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 413 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

walking

river

views

no dogs

hiking
4 months ago

Easy, quick trail. Great for kids.

hiking
6 months ago

Super easy, nice nature walk. Cool draw bridge at the half way mark. Always get some good pictures and can see Dahl sheep typically at the top of the ridges!

hiking
9 months ago

Great walk do not forget bear spray trail vision is often limited to a few yards.

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

Mostly flat, and very windy conditions, windbreaker with a hoodie was a must. If you’re going counterclockwise, the way back was a little muddy. Nice view of the savage river.

Easy to moderate trail. We hiked a little past the foot bridge at the end of the loop. It gets very hilly and steep if you go past the foot bridge but there is a trail. We saw three sheep in the mountains past the foot bridge. Kids can do the loop trail easy. Some rocks and some mud.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail with great views and scenery. We took two strollers which wasn’t overly difficult but not simple. There are many locations where you’ll have to carry a stroller over rocks or breaks in the trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Great easy hike along the river. Go early as it gets crowded. Make sure to extend it beyond the footbridge by going over the boulder. You can continue for another mile or and easy hike to see cascades and a different view of the river with less people around.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice lazy/easy hike taken in mid-July with a baby on my back. Filled with wildflowers. Nice opportunity to climb and get a good view from the far side of the loop

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

Easy little hike and a busy spot. Saw some sheep up high. It is beautiful and good for having a lunch if you get off the trail and climb a little higher. Would be good for kids too!

hiking
10 months ago

I am giving this a 5 based on my experience with it. I decided to go off the maintained trail heading west before the bridge. There were all sorts of rock formations and areas for you to play and discover. There was even a little scramble to go up higher. Heading east back to the end of the trail, I encountered a grizzly and we were less than 10 ft from each other. I can’t tell you how happy I was to have bear spray. I didn’t have to use it, but just having it ready with my arms in the air, telling the bear to stay back, definitely helped. I kept eye contact and distance to show the grizzly the respect it deserved. On the other side of the bridge were some caribou just hanging out. Even an easy trail can be rewarding.

hiking
11 months ago

Very easy hike with some nice views and features. Good for quick stroll.

hiking
11 months ago

I completed this trail in June 10th. Very easy and family friendly. I didn’t see any wildlife.. it is at the end of the 15 miles that you are allowed to drive in Denali. And it has an small parking. The trail is ok to stretch your legs but not particularly spectacular.

hiking
11 months ago

Short & Sweet & worth it. Would be good for all ages of the family. At the northernmost point, the ranger encouraged us to keep going even though the trail was technically not maintained beyond that point. Brink binoculars & look for some wildlife

hiking
snow
Sun Apr 28 2019

hiking
Sat Sep 29 2018

Great quick hike while going through Denali.

Tue Sep 25 2018

Very easy and quite enjoyable. There's an unmaintained narrow path that rises beyond the bridge that gives nice views back along the river.

Sun Sep 02 2018

Great laidback trail. Easy stroll with beautiful views.

hiking
Wed Aug 29 2018

A good trail to get you beyond the visitor center. It was fairly crowded but a nice trail along the river with wildlife viewing opportunities. I saw my first caribou here. I recommend binoculars

hiking
Mon Aug 06 2018

The trail tends to get a bit crowded with people but there is still plenty of room to see the beauty of the river. The path is very well-marked and level. Great hike for someone who wants to get into the park a little bit further that the visitor center.

Fri Aug 03 2018

I was just in awe to be in Denali National Park!! Went during the last week of May!

Mon Jul 16 2018

Moderately trafficked area with more commercialization than desired at the trail head, but the views and scenery were still incredible! It’s a short hike, relatively easy. The hike takes you out and back along the edges of the river, back into some beautiful rock formations.

Mon Jul 09 2018

Nice if you go off trail a bit, this is a very busy trail!

hiking
Tue Jul 03 2018

Three stars since it's still in Denali, but it's not the most exciting trail. Up the ante by going off the trail at the north end and hopefully seeing some wildlife that people on the trail can't see.

hiking
Sun Jul 01 2018

Super easy hike, beautiful scenery, good for kids or those with bad knees. There’s usually a fair amount of traffic, but some peaceful spots to sit and reflect just off trail.

Thu May 31 2018

Continued past the “maintained” trail to a waterfall where we saw Dall Sheep on the other side of the river (high up). Also saw ground squirrels, snowshoe hares and caribou.

Wed May 30 2018

Very easy, level terrain. Got to see some Caribou close up but otherwise not too interesting.

hiking
Fri Mar 30 2018

It's a beautiful trail and such a short loop, but don't go in the spring without proper hiking shoes, the ice is still there (wow i'm such a lower 48er) and you can end up nearly falling in the river multiple times.

Tue Sep 19 2017

Great for the entire family! Easy and absolutely stunning.

hiking
Thu Aug 24 2017

Very easy. Enjoyed this little day hike. So pretty too!

walking
Sun Jul 23 2017

A cute and leisurely walk. Something to do while you're at Savage River.

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