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Triple Lakes Trail is a 18.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Denali National Park, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Length 18.5 mi Elevation gain 3,690 ft Route type Out & Back

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Sara Randall
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Well maintained train. Highly recommend!

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PatriceJustin La Vigne
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Hiking

Do note that the trail will be snow-covered for a bit longer than the front country of Denali. We did the trail on May 2, 2020. Most frontcountry trails had spots of snow, but the snow was melting fast. Once we started to climb on the Triple Lakes Trail, even in the first 500 feet, the snow was deep! And because of the warm temps, it was soft!! We had traction (Black Diamond spikes), which was helpful because there were a few dicy areas of ice. But we probably could have used snowshoes, although I honestly don't know if the snowshoes would have had the float we needed. We tried to stay in the moose tracks, but our strides weren't long enough. So we did a lot of postholing. It was a ton of work, and we had a 1-mile-per-hour pace, but it was a beautiful and different way to experience the Triple Lakes Trail.

Maike Munden
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easy trail. I like coming in From the Parks HWY side and ending in the Park. It's a steady 9 mile hike one way. Hiked it 10 different times in the summer of 2019. Saw Porcupines and moose. All 3 lakes have some great spots to rest and take in the views. Bring snacks and a good attitude :)

Lisa Miner
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Hiking

Nice trail, easy walking, we jogged some of the downhill parts. Made it from one side to the other in under 3 hours.

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Michelle Rose
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Hiking

As of today, August 18, there were a couple of muddy spots, one washed out section of trail, and one section under water (but you can nimbly cross using a fallen tree, which adds to the fun!). The trail is well kept. Be aware that it spits you out on Parks Highway with nothing immediately close by. Either plan to leave a car, walk 6 miles back to Riley Creek Mercantile by highway, walk back to the canyon to catch a shuttle, or do the trail out and back. I did the out and back. I am not a fast hiker, averaging 2 miles per hour with stops for breaks, photos, and playing. So 19 or so miles took me 9.5 hours. Most of the trail is pretty easy. One section on the return is gradual incline for over 3 miles almost nonstop. That was a cardio workout! No bugs this time of year. Don't trust the weatherman if he says no chance of rain. Bring gear.

Matthew Fry
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HikingMuddyWashed out

Did the whole thing out and back. Came out to a total of 18.8 miles, which I finished in almost exactly 7 hours. VERY muddy and it was raining when I did it so when you start to get close to the visitor center heading south to north, a few parts of the trail were completely underwater. Other than that, amazing hike. One of the best trails to hike if you want to see wildlife as they tend to congregate near one of the 3 lakes you’ll pass. Always cool to see moose taking a swim and playing around. Very windy on some of the higher sections so dress accordingly

Matthew Backer
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HikingMuddyWashed out

This is a wonderful trail. We left from the park visitor center trailhead and headed south. The weather was far from ideal, constant August rain made for some very slick areas of climb and descent. There was also a portion of trail 1.5 miles from the visitor center trailhead that was completely submerged. If you're planning a rain-day hike, prepare to get your feet wet and layer accordingly. There was also a small rockslide at mile 4 but thankfully was still safely passable. This definitely added to the adventure of the hike. That said, the hike was well worth the effort. The views from the ridgeline, even in the clouds were incredible and the lakes were an excellent treat as you near the south end of the trail. We did the north-to-south single pass in about 5 hours with plenty of photo breaks, lunch and side-trail exploring. It's worth pacing just to take in the scenery. This is a must for anyone with basic hike experience. I'm far from in shape and though there were ascents that got my blood pumping, I was never completely winded. Add this to your Denali bucket list for sure!

Kota Sai Jagadish
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Hiking

Hi All, This is not a review, Just wanted to check if Denali Village resort shuttle is accessible to all, even to people not stay at the resort? Thanks for the help!

Kota Sai Jagadish
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Hiking

Hi All, This is not a review, Just wanted to check if Denali Village resort shuttle is accessible to all, even to people not stay at the resort? Thanks for the help!

John Richardson
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Hiking

This was a nice day hike for our group that ranged from 10 to 75 years of age. We were not interested in a big climb or the full distance, so we decided to hike from the south trail head closest to the Nenana river bridge. You can park in a little pull off on the trail side of the road. The hike is pretty moderate until you pass the third lake, so we ended up hiking north to the highest point of elevation. We saw great views of the lakes all along the trail, especially from the climb past the last lake. In terms of wildlife, we spotted some Ptarmigan, a beaver swimming and a moose eating in one of the lakes.

Tamara S
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Hiking

Very well kept, beautiful. Narrow track, about 20 inches wide cut into the side of a mountain. Suspension bridge is at the visitor center end, the lakes are at the other end. If you go at the end of July/beginning of August there's tons of blueberries and raspberries everywhere. Bring lots of water and pack insect repellent. We only saw some Ptarmigan but the trail is really remote so bear spray is a good safety measure. I'm kind of out of shape and pacing myself it took about seven hours one way, starting from the park village side. If you're fit and are able to do a lot of uphill quickly, the average is about four hours one way.

Karen Sharpe
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Hiking

Fun hike with great views. Definitely recommend parking at the visitor center or bus stop and taking the shuttle to the Denali Village. Ask them to drop you at the trailhead so you don’t have to walk back. The climb is 500’ less (trailhead elevation is higher) and you only hike 9.5 miles. Lots of blackberries and raspberries too (7/24).

R Weingart
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Hiking

Great trail. Well maintained. Good variety of scenery. Not too much up or down. Moderate to easy.

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Matt Bertrand
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Hiking

My 5-star rating of this trail is spot on; this trail is as good as it gets. I ran this in June of 2019 and started around 4am. I started from the south (at the Denali Park Village) and ran north to the entrance of Denali. The trail was well marked and there was no chance of getting lost. The three lakes were absolutely stunning and the silence (except for the birds) was was-inspiring. I saw moose tracks and moose scat but no actual moose until I got to the park at the end of the trail. Whether you walk or run this trail, I feel confident to say I guarantee you’ll love it. I made a video of this run and did get the moose on film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFm19DQ4wpk This is a point-to-point trail so make sure you have a good way to get to where you need to be at the end. I was a little tired after finishing the trail and was not looking forward to running the 6 miles on road back to the start. Fortunately, I was picked up (hitchhiking) so got a ride for the last 3 miles. If you’re in Denali, make time and do this trail; you will love it!

johnna bierman
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Very easy trail to and from the third lake from the highway.

Tanya Clayton
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Park a second car at either the parking lot just inside the park entrance, or along the road near the Nenana river end if you just want to do the 9+ mike trip, rather than an out-and-back. Or else take the shuttle. This trail is great if you want to see the beauty of Alaska—you’ll walk along a gorgeous river, stroll through deep woods, and hike up beautiful hills on this hike. You can see snow capped mountains and scenic lakes as well. I love this hike. We went on Memorial Day and the bugs weren’t bad at all. The trail is in pristine condition. And then you can go have a burger at the 49th State Brewery, because you earned it!

David Ortiz
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this is is an enjoyable hike from the south end, one way or round trip, it has bypasses on the way back to give you many views LOVE ALASKA!

Dottie Hanck
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We walked in from the north the first day to where the trail sharply rises, past the suspension bridge, along Riley Creek, and above it. Very pleasant with nice fall colors. A very doable couple of hours stopping to take pictures and enjoy the foliage, including some amazing mushrooms. The second day we started at the south trailhead and walked to Lake 1 (after that the trail rises sharply). This was a great walk. Just a bit of a climb at the outset, but one foot in front of the other gets it done. After the turn to the west all the car noise from the road disappears (nice views of Nenana River along that bit). Not required to take the spurs down to the lake shores to make the walk worthwhile as there are good views from main trail above each lake. We took 4 hours, but took many pictures and did not walk fast. Highly recommend coming from the south for folks who want to see the lakes and want a manageable walk.

Melinda G
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We made it to the second lake starting from the Denali Village. Didn't have a ton of time to hike, but beautiful views and easy to follow trail. If you have a little time to spend, this is well worth it!

Kat Mallon
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We left the car at Denali Village and took the resort shuttle to the Park Visitor Center. Hiked the trail one-way back to the village resort (southward - 9.5 Miles) Lovely path along the river and a moderately strenuous climb up to beautiful views of the foothills (bring water). Three lakes toward the end are a treat and great lunch stop with a few moose sitings. A few mosquitos toward the lake (early July) but otherwise bug-free walk.

Stan Reese
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I started from the trail head nearest to the Visitor Center just off of McKinley Station Trail. The river flows alongside the trail for a mile or more including a crossing on a suspension bridge. From there, it was a pretty steep climb but with very well-maintained switchbacks. Once on top of the ridges, you could see for miles and there was no one else around. On the back side, the hike down to the village was gradual and stunning with beautiful views of all three lakes and then the river. I had lunch at the Mariochi Moose food truck at the campground and rested a few minutes before hiking back to the visitor center from where I started. The total trip including the side trails to the lakes and the approach to the park and the McKinley Station Trail was 22 miles and I did it in about nine hours including the lunch stop. I would highly recommend this trail for it's views and solitude.

Brett Manley
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You can start this hike down by Denali Village, or from the park. Starting at the park is considerably more strenuous, as you begin by criss-crossing up the mountain between you and the Triple Lakes. You then summit and ridge line gradually down to the lakes. It is a lot of uphill. Starting at Denali Village gives you the Lakes up front, and lets you gradually climb up the ridge line, with the criss-cross descent. Much less climbing. It is a beautiful hike, with a different hiking environment with every turn: creekside, lakeside, forest, canopy, ridge line, crest, basin...truly wonderful.

Andy Boedefeld
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Hiking

Hiked 3.2 miles in from the north end over July 4th weekend. Camping at Riley Creek Campground so another 1/2 mile to the trail head, so 7.4 miles total. Trail in excellent condition. Wide pathways along Riley Creek. No overgrowth to deal with. Trail heads upwards at just over mile number 2.0. Fairly steep grade, with switch-backs. Wouldn't say that the trail is hard like others.

Melissa Mitchell
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Long but beautiful trail. Wonderful views at the top of every incline that make you forget about your legs hurting. We got lucky and did it on a clear day and saw a rainbow at the top of the mountain. The lakes are at the beginning of the trail but the second half of the trail offers scenic landscape views and up close encounter with the river. Two cool footbridges to cross at the very end too. Easy to catch a shuttle at the back end so you don’t have to repeat the trail going both ways. We finished in 4.5 hours including all of the individual lake trails. Totally worth it!

J Scott
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We hiked this trail on June 10, 2018. It was a misty day but the trail is well-maintained and great. We parked at the Denali village and hiked to the Dinali visitor center. It was just over 10 miles from parking lot to parking lot. There are shuttle buses from the Dinali visitor center which run every ~ hour that will take you back to the Denali village Lots of moose skat & some wolf. Scenery at the summit area was incredible for us and on a clear day, not sure how you would take it all in. This place is special in many ways

Chuck Howard
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Awesome hike, lots of beavers at lake 1.

Jamie Mabb
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Very long, but rather simple hike. The trail is easy to follow with many clearings which open up to the vast mountains surrounding you. I recommend starting from the lake end (village end) Its more scenic this way and the last several miles will be toward the decline which will feel good after walking the 7 miles beforehand. If your going to do this hike you really should take the paths to the individual lakes, otherwise you won't get as good as a view. One thing, I expected the lakes to be larger, maybe it's just me but I can't help but compare the three lakes to three ponds. All in all, it's was still a very scenic hike with views galore.

Uyen Nguyen
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Not a difficult hike, just a long one. If you're starting from the visitor center, you won't see much until mile 7 or 8. There's an incline, as well, for a few miles but it's gradual and very doable. Not a ton of foot traffic on the trail, so you pretty much have the trail to yourself. If you're doing it one-way, you can grab the free shuttle to go back to the visitor center.

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