Looking for a great trail near Denali National Park, Alaska? AllTrails has 28 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Denali National Park ranging from 0.9 to 9.1 miles and from 1,394 to 3,713 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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I went up 20 Jan 2020 for a quick hike. MLK was free day in the park!! Beautiful trail and great views! The trail is snow packed all the way up and I made it with just standard hiking boots with no issues. I did use Yak Tracks on the way down and would suggest some sort of micro-spikes for the steep sections. My Garmin Instinct clocked an 800' elevation gain so i'm not sure if the main description is correct or my watch but the hike didn't seem too bad though it is obviously steep in spots, I do find the 1600' may be an exaggeration. All in all a great day out and helped to subdue the cabin fever!!

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike atleast 4 times this past spring and summer. It’s is beautiful! Just short enough for a quick hike, but leads to amazing views. Most times it is rainy at the top but you can usually still see (just check the weather). As I would say this is very moderate- it took my husband and I about an hour and 45 minutes to do. However, if you are not in hiking shape and able to handle inclines quickly- expect around 3 hours or more. I have brought guests who are not used to Alaska Hiking and it took almost 4 in some instances!

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

At first I was a little nervous to try to conquer this trail with it covered in snow, but it’s a very well marked trail and was very easy to follow, even in the snow. The views are some of the best I’ve seen here in Alaska. I could even see Denali way off in the distance! I used snowshoes most of the way up, switched to microspikes near the top as the path gets more narrow and requires more precision, and then came down in microspikes as well. It took just over 3 hours with stopping along the way and taking about a 20 minute break up at the top. Overall, it was one of the best hikes I’ve done!

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Deep ❄️ but well packed. Couldn’t make it to the end due to snow depth. Beautiful views with over a foot of snow ❄️. Only a few icy spots. It took me 4.5 hours round trip, but i’m an out of shape 67 year old, took a few rest stops.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing trail- went in early October, so no bugs, no other hikers, and exposed trail was no problem because of clouds and low temp. So beautiful for seeing fall colors! Hardest stretch is after the switchbacks before the lake but nothing anyone couldn’t handle if they have made it that far already.

Amazing views. Beautiful hike

Very good hike. Not so tiring. Went to see the beaver pond. It was amazing how these animals do their thing. Hubby and me did not see any person. Truly enjoyed.

Made this trail yesterday. It was an easy walk. We combined a bit of taiga trail, meadow view connector trail and roadside trail.

rocky
scramble
snow
4 months ago

Great trail! I recommend starting the hike along the river and then go off trail to get back in the trail to continue to the top. you are gaining quite a bit of elevation in a short amount of time, trail starts off just going up and you’ll feel it (especially already not being a little sore). Weather was damp and misty at the bottom, by the time I was getting to the top, the wind and snow were setting in, was walking through a solid 6-8 inches when I turned around to return back to the mist at the bottom. I’ll do this one a couple times with different variations and distances.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

We went on this trail on Sept. 21 and had snow. Some parts of the trail are hard to find in snow, so I would avoid this trail with much more than a dusting of snow. The trailhead that starts away from the river (end at the river) is what we took and didn’t think this was a “hard” hike but can see if you come from the river side to the park entrance side, I’d say it would fall into the hard category. Just stairs up (they were down for us) to the ridge and then pretty moderate. No wildlife for us on this hike which was a bit disappointing, but nice hike anyway.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice walk. Not a hike. LOTS of evidence for beaver activity, but we didn’t see any beavers. Great hike for families with kids.

Obviously this is past tourist season, therefore I thoroughly enjoyed my hike. It has its ups and downs ;), but seriously it’s a nice quick route if you’re looking for something short, but want to feel accomplished. I ended up continuing past the peak for a bit, which I would’ve continued to do so to reach high altitudes and get a solid 14-15 miles however the weather was not cooperating, expectingly due to the time of year. I took this route back down and added on with a couple of the quicker/shorter routes at the base to continue the experience. I know I was long winded but overall I enjoyed the trail for a quick after work hike. Not sure if if I would enjoy this in high season however as a full disclosure. Views are great - even when the fog rolled in!

hiking
4 months ago

West to east direction. steep start. pay attention to the loose rocks. once you drop into the ravine, take time in the trees. really enjoyed it.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, we parked at the end of this trail by the Savage River Cabin and walked the road to the start at Savage River. The first mile was basically up, the trail was nice and had almost stairs. The views across the top of the ridge were amazing. The rest of the hike was a nice steady down hill through some brush and then a well kept path through some tress. Overall it was beautiful and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice day hike.... Unfortunately for some reason my GPS did not track the whole way and cut some corners.

Awesome trail and beautiful views!

hiking
4 months ago

What a beautiful day! Same as others, if I come to Denali again, I will take this trail too. Enjoyable! A good way to take a look of Denali and this park. Easy trail. Take a walk and enjoy.

hiking
closed
4 months ago

Close for a year cuz bears.

hiking
4 months ago

Hike the trail each time we stay at Wonder Lake (7 times). Easy and enjoyable. Well maintained with new boardwalk over streams and mud prone areas. We go in late August/ early September. Good weather with great views of the whole Alaska range. Fewer bugs than at the campground. Never needed a net or repellent. Can be crowded especially when Kantishna area based resorts bring vans full of guests. Our group of 4 went in on a Thursday seeing only.4 others on the trail. Going up or down the Mickinley’s braids gives a chance to extend the hike and have more solitude. Wildlife viewing iffy. Blueberry and cranberry picking can be good.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful, nice 5 mile trail if you tack on the Tiaga Trial that takes you to Horseshoe Lake.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
4 months ago

off trail bouldering highly recommend!

hiking
4 months ago

Easy, high trafficked, maintained trail! Beautiful but too many people. Go in the morning or afternoon for seclusion.

Great easy hike. Uphill but fully maintained trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Tons of beaver damns.

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