Explore the most popular no dogs trails in Alaska with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Once on this trail you're committed to an all-uphill on rooted trail winding through the trees and up alongside the trail's namesake. Not an extremely tough trail by any means but you EARN the views once into the open high valley. Once at the tarn (located well up into the valley and below the far end of thr rocky edifice on the right side of the valley)....you can either kick-back, soak your 'dogs' in the icy water or head up toward the left ridge at the headwall of the valley and complete your journey with a summit of 5,000ft. South Suicide Peak along a pleasant ridge trail.

great views

Beautiful, challenging, rewarding hike with amazing views. Be sure to go beyond the shelter for great views of the ice field.

Fun hike!

There was at least 6 inches of powder everywhere on the trail. Take spikes for the first 1.5 miles up to the turn. Recommend taking snowshoes for after the turn as not many people are going up that route, so there's even more powder.

November 9th, The most absolute beautiful hike over… Very steep was not prepared for that… But manageable! Take your time the view is beautiful the entire way!

Beautiful hike, once you get to the top. Did this hike with about a foot of snow on the ground. There was a portion of about a 1 mile climb of very steep incline and towards the top there was no trail broken in the snow.

3 months ago

Great walk or trail run- beware of bears!

Love this trail. Easy enough for the little ones. Well groomed trail, with many educational opportunities as well. We loved learning about the beavers and seeing their hard work. If you’re lucky there will be moose out eating in the lake.


Beautiful hike.

As advertised. It’s definitely on the harder-side of the moderate rating. Haha... its an Alaskan-moderate.

3 months ago

Wonderful trail, but hard to get to. You need to be camping or staying at one of the lodges deep in Denali to do the trail. The other negative is Denali's summer weather - expect rain and clouds. If you hit this on a sunny day, it would be gorgeous, a full 5-star hike. I believe the full trail is longer than the hike we took - some of the hikers in our group weren't adequately prepared for wet hiking, so we cut it short.

3 months ago

Well worth the effort. Camped at the top. Bring at least 3 liters of water if you're doing the whole trail, especially if the sun is out. There are many streams if you have a filter.

3 months ago

It was tough for me, but slow and steady wins the race! The view at the top is a fantastic-Turnagain Arm! Also a very nice, reasonably priced restaurant at the top.

Short but nice view!

great trail to hike. has some amazing 360 views of several small lakes, kenai, and skilak. we ended up going through the next valley and onto the next summit then even further away onto the next one. if you are confident I would recommend the extended trip. just adds to the fun. but the actual trip has some of the best views of most of the hikes in the area.

These views are spectacular! There is nothing to compare the peace and beauty of this trip. You do have to cross a pretty crazy stream; so bring your water shoes. A group of my friends and I backpacked and had an amazing time!! Be prepared for anything. Our trip was about 22 miles because there had been a recent snow storm and we had to hike over the snow. Remember iodine tablets so you can refill your water! Worth every step!!!

Nice easy short trail over prepared gravel paths and sometimes a boardwalk. May see squirrels but not a lot of other wildlife.

Dall Sheep up top, arctic ground squirrels thriving with lots of blueberries along the way. Started at west end and got most of elevation out of the way right off the bat. Trail in top shape, great family hike.

Just did O’Malley today! Took 3.5 hours roundtrip, however my friend and I ran up to the ascent before little Omalley, then the ball fields, and then down the scree coming back. Every opportunity we could. It’s an incredible hike but does require some confidence when heading up the gulley of big Omalley. We took the goat paths whenever we could find them but it was not technical at all. The view from the top, on a bluebird day, is incredible and well worth the trek! Saw about 4 bull moose and a cow coming back. Pretty highly trafficked, but not too many people once you leave the ball fields and start heading up big Omalley. Totally doable hike!

3 months ago

Great quick hike while going through Denali.

Awesome view at the top!

3 months ago

Great hike! Some sections of steep, loose rock but overall very satisfying. Gives a great view of Seward.

Easy, quick, beautiful hike!

Easy, well marked trail with the first quarter mile of asphalt. Bring a jacket if it's windy... the breeze off the glacier is cold!
Since the glacier is receding, the overlook gets you close, but not quite up to it. can still get great pics.

Highly recommend this loop trail for a gentle introduction to the park. I can only imagine how busy it is in the summer, but we had it all to ourselves. Saw beaver noses and enjoyed the views and getting to walk along the Nenana River. Also 4 willow ptarmigans.

Very easy and quite enjoyable. There's an unmaintained narrow path that rises beyond the bridge that gives nice views back along the river.

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.

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