Explore the most popular hiking 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.

9 months ago

Awesome hike, lots of beavers at lake 1.

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.

10 months ago

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.

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.

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.

Gets you back to the paved path into the canyon

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.

11 months ago

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

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

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

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

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

nice easy trail

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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

Friday, August 19, 2016

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

Sunday, July 24, 2016

lots of blueberries

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Great, well cared for trail with interesting bridges connecting to other trails.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

We started by the park headquarters / sled dog area and hiked down toward the visitors center (and then up another trail). This is a decent hike... we used it more to get from point A to point B and then back again. It was fairly busy in the early afternoon and then more quiet in the evening on our way back. There is one area with a bench and great view of the surrounding area. We did see moose droppings a couple of times along the hike, but we didn't actually run into any large animals.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

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

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.

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.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Well-maintained trail that connections the Visitor Center to other trails in Denali National Park.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Easy intro hike in the park.

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.

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.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Nice trail right above the Park Road between Headquarters and the Visitor's Center complex closer to the entrance. You hike up about 600 feet for a commanding view of the river valley and the Alaska Range on the far side. There are spectacular views of the Railroad trestle over Riley Creek. At the high point of the trail there is a bench to rest and take in the views. A really nice 2-3 hour walk.

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