Explore the most popular birding trails near Denali National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

3 days 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.

3 days ago

Best option for heading back to the visitor center from the dog sled center. Nice vista views.

6 days ago

Hiked the the Roadside and Rock Creek as a loop. Only a few places where you could see anything because forest is so thick.

I used this trail to make a big loop that included the Roadside trail and the Rock Creek trail from the Riley Creek campground.

7 days ago

Seeing the river was the best part of the hike. The river was high because of all the rain the last few days.

8 days ago

This is one of my favorite front country trails in all of Denali National Park and Preserve. There are some elevation changes but each uphill is rewarded by some amazing views on both sides of the ridge. Plus, when you get to the end you can either walk over to the Sled Dog Demonstration or hop on the Roadside Trail and walk back to the visitors center.

I didn't see any signs of bear or moose for that matter.

8 days ago

Great little trail for anyone wanting a step up from the average.

The trail starts at either the visitor center or the railroad track near Horseshoe Lake and can be used to connect several other trails. There are some good views on the trail and, during the short spring and summer, plenty of wildflowers.

Fun little hike!

The trail starts near the post office and can be tricky at times with roads and loops coming off in different directions. The highlight is tundra, a mountain stream and the huge railroad bridge. There is not a lot of elevation change so it's a good trail for anyone.

10 days 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.

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.

1 month 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.

Nice, easy to moderate trail. I hiked alone and was nervous, a lot of brush but great views and pleasant scenery

really easy trail. great views too.

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!

Was with my 77 y.o. mother and she was able to walk this trail without a problem. We just walked part of it from the visitor center back to Riley Creek Campground. One spot we went down was a little steep/rocky where she might have had a little difficulty had we been going uphill, but would have been able to make it.

Nice and easy. The wildflowers and birch give a nice accent.

2 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

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.

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 30, 2017

We used the trail to walk to the park sled dog demonstration. It's an easy trail to walk even with the elevation changes. There are some great views of the valley along the way.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Gets you back to the paved path into the canyon

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.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Easy way to see some of DNP and the vegetation with out going "in" to the park

Friday, June 23, 2017

The best way to get out to the sled-dog kennels without hopping on a bus. And a few spots for a decent view.

on Rock Creek Trail

Friday, June 23, 2017

Nice forest walk. Better trails should be explored first. Skippable.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Taiga trail is not really a hiking destination trail. It is an access trail that links other trails.

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.

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.

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