Triple Lakes Trail

HARD 62 reviews
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Triple Lakes Trail is a 18.5 mile lightly 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.

DISTANCE
18.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,690 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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!

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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!

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
Friday, August 11, 2017

Awesome hike, lots of beavers at lake 1.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

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.

Monday, July 10, 2017

great scenic hike. went after a good rain. everything was so green and wet. Loved it. I agree with the previous comment. Hard only in terms of length.

Friday, June 23, 2017

I'd rate this as hard only because of length, takes a good chunk of time to get to the end, but the trail is well maintained and not too hard. Bring a little cash to get the shuttle back, or be prepared to hitchhike.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

hiked from visitor's center to Denali lodge on a clear day. Breathtaking views. 9.5 miles not too difficult with nice switchbacks. Very well maintained.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

If you're looking for a trail that's less traveled at Denali take this one. It has great views as it rises in elevation. It's a good workout because the first part of the trail is all uphill if you start from the visitors center.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Excellent moderate hike. Start on the south side if only going one way.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fantastic views, well-maintained trail, gradual uphill and downhill - doesn't get better than this!

hiking
Friday, August 19, 2016

Beautiful views all along the way. Rough terrain and we found several bear prints in the ground

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

Beautiful views. Nice distance for 4 1/2 hour hike including stop for lunch. Nothing strenuous.

hiking
Friday, July 01, 2016

I loved this hike! We parked at the Visitor Center at Denali National Park and took the *free* Denali Park Village Shuttle (which runs every hour at the 30 minute mark) to the trail head off of Route 3. The trail takes you to three lakes and then up a bit before you bringing you back downhill to walk along the river. A nice trek across a small suspension bridge offers some bonus adventure points. The fastest 9.5 miles I've ever hiked as the scenery changes kept the walk interesting. A word of caution though: bring some bug spray.

hiking
Saturday, June 04, 2016

Long, but fairly easy, with amazing views at the top of the ridge.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Flipping beautiful!

cross country skiing
Saturday, July 11, 2015

this trail was so fun! it's the first trail i hiked while in denali and it was a really enjoyable hike. great views and great vibes. really loved triple lakes.

hiking
Friday, May 09, 2014

Took the 1.2 mile trail on the back side off the road was nice but will have to take the front route next time, I didn't like having to leave my car parked off the main road.

hiking
Friday, June 07, 2013

Great day trail with short side trails down to the lakes. Caribou and moose share the trail. A bus will pick you up from either end (arrange at Denali). If you go south, there is an upscale bar at McKinley Village across the highway. The trail is well-used and has some moderate to difficult elevation changes. Great workout and great scenery.

trail running
Saturday, September 08, 2012

Great trail for running. Absolutely beautiful in the fall. Moderately challenging but not too difficult.

hiking
Thursday, August 16, 2012

A wonderful day hike, starting either from McKinley Village or Denali Visitor Center. A good portion of "up" at the northern end of the trail, but the views are definitely worth the effort.

hiking
6 months ago

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