Thorofare Ridge Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Healy, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

Length2.2 miElevation gain1,105 ftRoute typeOut & back
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The Eielson Alpine Trail is a very steep hike of around 1,000 feet. The trail is a bit less than one mile one-way, up Thorofare Ridge. The views are particularly impressive on clear days!

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.

Access Located at Mile 66 on the Park Road, you can reach Eielson Visitor Center with any shuttle bus except the Toklat shuttle, or with the Kantishna Experience tour bus. You will not visit Eielson on a Tundra Wilderness Tour, nor on a Natural History Tour.

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Ire Hiker
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Sara Z
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Close for a year cuz bears.

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Veronica Sparks
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Nice climb with spectacular views if you’re lucky!!

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Wendy Mahaffy
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Great short steep hike...would have been even better if the top hadn’t been engulfed in clouds.

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Jeremy Van Ek
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Amazing hike! Highly recommend it. It was pouring rain when we started but clouds lifted a bit at the top for some amazing panoramic views. Don’t miss this one, rain or shine.

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Ashley Sutherland
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Shoba Iyer
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Did this today. Was clear and very hot. It’s a short hike but steep. Views are best at the top. Trail was in very good condition till top. No bugs. Lot of wildflowers and squirrels :) The trail sign on trailhead says no dogs. AllTrails should correct this information on the details section.

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Anna T
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Steep climb. lots of viewpoints, saw a herd of caribous, ground squirrels, a marmot. Denali didn't show though.

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Kylie Ardoin
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Very steep climb up but well worth the view from the top! Also saw a marmot at the top.

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Alexis Taylor
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The trail is super exciting especially when you keep going further up. I was more motivated when people hiking down the trail were saying what a great view it was, especially on a clear day. So worth it!

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Kevin Godwin
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Certainly feels like one thousand feet of elevation in one mile, but totally worth it. As you're struggling up, notice the smiles on the faces of people coming down. You'll be just as happy once you complete the trail.

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Lauren McDaniel
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The views at the top are well worth the uphill climb! We lucked out with the weather conditions on the day we took the bus into Denali. Go past the maintained trail for even better views of Denali.

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Christina Budd
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I couldn’t quite make it to the top because I’m terrified of heights, but I got about 4/5 up and WHAT a view. The terrain was incredibly Streep and rocky once you got aways up. I wasn’t too sure of my footing and my fear of heights got the best of me. My boyfriend went all the way and we were just so impressed. Amazing hike!

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Shannon Corpora
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What an absolutely incredible trail. If you are in Denali and, like me, unenthused about sitting on a bus for several hours to explore the park - take the bus. Trust me. Take the bus out to Eielson Visitor Center and do this hike. We managed to hit it on a crystal blue sky day and the views were unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The hike is steep and strenuous, but you won’t even care because with each step the view gets better and better. Go to the very top for the full panoramic viewing experience.

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Andrew Wiens
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just hiked this trail. fairly steep but not too bad. finished in a couple hours

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Stan Reese
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Hiking

This is, by far, my favorite trail in all of Denali National Park. The climb up is tough at times but it is then that you can stop and look around at the majestic views. Once up top, the scene is amazing but don't stop at the marked trail. Continue towards Denali and you will find some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the park. I felt like I was in the movie "Sound of Music" on one peak then a totally different feeling on the next. Then, I sat and watched the Mountain they call The Great One, Denali, as the afternoon wore on. An amazing hike and well worth the effort.

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Shashank Singhai
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Alpine Trail. 1.1mi one way with 1200 ft elevation gain. Rocky steep and lot of switchbacks with 25% grade. Awesome view of mt denali, the spires and and entire mountain range in denali national park. Saw lots of ground squirrels running around.

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Stephanie Smith
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Was a lot of fun even though it was raining and hailing with no visibility. Short enough to enjoy the bad weather and challenging incline. Nice contrast to long bus rides through the park

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Beth McGillvray
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Had to catch the bus so we didn’t get as far as we’d like. But it was gorgeous!

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Nick Litwinienko
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Fantastic trail, heavy trafficked. View worth of seeing

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Scott Woodruff
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Well traveled and beautiful views all around. Gets pretty winding toward the top ridge and cold. Good climb and distance is about right for a moderate hike.

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Kristen Gail Berg
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Beautiful hike. We went with a Ranger and she was really informative while keeping the hike to a gentle pace. It does have quite a bit of elevation gain, but the trail is good.

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Paul Babbitt Jr.
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Backpacking

Awesome views of Denali, if you’re in the area and happen to be backpacking, try to catch a view early in the morning. Got some awesome pictures of the summit up there.

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steve meyers
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The trail is somewhat steep, but the views at the top are amazing. There is a great open area at the top that you can explore, with 360° views. We did the Ranger hike, which was very informative. After the Ranger set us loose, we spent an hour at the top, which was awesome. Highly recommended.

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Katie Carney
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Amazing

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Megan Moloney
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The views were amazing the entire way up this trail. The ascent was pretty steep, but was all switchbacks. Reaching the top was breathtaking and very windy. Views of Mt. Denali were unbelievable especially if you are lucky enough to get a clear day.

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Moritz Katzorreck
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Hideki Tagawa
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