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.

Length18.5 miElevation gain3,690 ftRoute typeOut & back
FishingHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Denali National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $15/person. Kids 15 and under are free. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $45.

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Hannah Forsythe
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Walking

Good hike, very scenic and beautiful views. Wouldn’t call it strenuous, incline wasn’t bad, very gradual. It was pretty long though. Very well marked. No fear of bears, would be a great trail if you’re a solo traveler just make sure to bring bear spray just in case. The shuttle was closed so we walked the 6/7 miles on the road back to the visitors center.

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david Brigman
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HikingGreat!

Long hike. My wife and I are in average shape and we are in our 30s. we started at 10:48 am on 09/21/2020 at the Denali Welcome Center. We walked all the way to the bridge at the end. it at 3:00pm when we made it to the bridge. We hike back to the welcome center and made it back at 7:30pm. Overall, we made the trip on over 8 hrs. we only stopped about 5 times to take a quick 3 minute water break. The only wildlife we saw was some large birds. We loved the hike due to beautiful scenery.

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Salim Ghorayeb
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Hiking

Cool views

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Stefania Christine
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, not too muddy and tons of yellow and orange fall colors. I would say this is more of a moderate hike, definitely some incline, but found it pretty straight forward with no big obstacles. We started from the highway. Saw a HUGE moose on the trail walking to the first lake, and then a baby and mama moose crossing the first lake from a safe distance. Was a beautiful site to see! Also the suspension bridge closer to the visitor center on the trail has beautiful views all along Riley Creek. Highly recommend!

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Charles Matthews
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Hiking

Nice hike along the river

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Emma Robl
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HikingGreat!

Started from the visitor center, went about 3 mi in before turning around. Crossed a creek and river which was pretty. Signs of moose but no sightings - did come in very close contact with a porcupine on the switchbacks, he scurried away. Part we did was easy to moderate. One of my favorite in Denali, worth it for the views!

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Krystal SS
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Joe Barron
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Austin Peters
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HikingGreat!

Great hike. Parked alongside the highway, started at the south trailhead, and hiked in 5 miles (peak elevation was around 4). Then we turned around and came back the same way. 10 miles in total, took about 2.5 hours to get in and 1.5 to get out (4 hours total). Hiking the trail from North to South is prettier FYI. Bugs weren't bad, and saw a black bear cub but it scurried off once it saw us. Lots of moose sign but didn't see any.

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Joel Spoo
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RunningGreat!

This was my favorite front-side trail at Denali. I only did the first 5.5 miles from the south entrance before going back the way I came. The first lake was about 1.5 miles in with the second around 2 miles and the third at 3 miles. About 1700 ft of elevation gain in the first 5 miles. The run back was fun as it was a lot of downhill. Like many others, saw signs of moose, but no actual animals, which was quite all right with me. Just a bunch of ptarmigans. Great trail.

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Sandy Speerstra
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Hiking

Really great hike, our group of 9 people and the age ranges from 53 to 7. We did the hike in 5 hours and that was with an hour lunch break at lake 3. The trail is very well maintained and no bushwhacking at all. There were no mosquitoes either, that was really nice. Lots of blueberries and raspberries were eaten on the way. We did not see any wildlife, I was okay with that. Lol nice family trail for any level really with a nice incline that was manageable for everyone. Happy hiking

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Jamie Rinehart
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HikingGreat!

Such a great trail! We started from the south end so we could see the lakes. The trail is very well maintained and easy to follow. The incline is gradual and not strenuous. This trail would be great for many abilities. Be on the look out for wildlife. We didn’t see any but did see a lot of moose droppings and hoof prints.

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Nic Johnson
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Hiking

Lovely hike. Well maintained. Did it with our 3 kids, aged 7, 9, and 11. We hiked one way from the visitors center and then the Denali grizzly bear resort will shuttle you back to your car for a small fee, which is great.

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- 8 months ago

Denali Grizzly Bear Resort does not provide a shuttle service. AllTrails users are advised not to contact the resort for this service.

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Christopher Eckert
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HikingGreat!

My favorite trail on the recent trip to Denali. The views are incredible. Steady incline up and then down and not too bad on the knees. Plenty of time to spot beautiful wildflowers and ponder. If you have the ability, park one car at the end and drive to the beginning. Give yourself an extra hour and have a picnic at summit. Bug dope required.

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Sierra Lopez
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Hiking

Only got to hike about 2 miles in but it was a beautiful trail!

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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.

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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 :)

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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.

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Matthew F
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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

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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!

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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!

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