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

hiking
3 days ago

Maybe I have been spoiled by the trails inside Denali National Park. This trail is not very well marked or maintained. As such, most people should be prepared to get lost and then, hopefully, find their way.

Don't get me wrong, the views from near the top are spectacular and there is a definite sense of accomplishment for scaling a mountain this size with very little navigational help. But, if you are a beginner, please enjoy this hike with someone else - perhaps someone with hiking experience.

I loved the hike because it pushes you mentally and physically and then rewards you at the tip of every peak with amazing views of the calley.

hiking
5 days ago

This is, by far, my favorite trail in all of Denali National Park.
The climb up is tough at times but it is then that you can stop and look around at the majestic views. Once up top, the scene is amazing but don't stop at the marked trail. Continue towards Denali and you will find some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the park.
I felt like I was in the movie "Sound of Music" on one peak then a totally different feeling on the next. Then, I sat and watched the Mountain they call The Great One, Denali, as the afternoon wore on. An amazing hike and well worth the effort.

hiking
6 days ago

Wonderful easy walk around a significant beaver habitat. Great with children.

hiking
7 days ago

Short and easy trail off the tundra trail at the Eielson visitor center

hiking
7 days ago

Really nice trail. We saw our first wild Moose at the lake. It was so close. We sat there for a bit while the Moose was having its lunch.

hiking
9 days ago

Short and easy trail below the Eielson visitor center

hiking
10 days ago

Nice trail with views that can be accessed from the campground instead of walking up to the road.

hiking
10 days ago

Fun to get one of the five cabins that the park service uses in the winter as they patrol the trails with dogsleds.

hiking
11 days ago

The trail tends to get a bit crowded with people but there is still plenty of room to see the beauty of the river. The path is very well-marked and level. Great hike for someone who wants to get into the park a little bit further that the visitor center.

hiking
11 days ago

Brisk and breathtaking!

I did this trail on a rainy day starting from the campground stop. I did carry bear spray just in case but never needed it. The most aggressive animal I saw was a squirrel. I did see some amazing views even in the clouds. On the way back down it was hard to concentrate on my footing because I was in awe of the view. That lead to one fall but I was luck to land on my padding and hop back up. In some areas, a fall could have been disastrous.

If you are riding the shuttle, catch a ride back from the Ranger booth at the river. The Rangers are always happy to point you in the right direction.

hiking
11 days ago

Fun little trail good for almost anyone.

The trail head is at the railroad tracks on the Park Road. That throws some people off when the bus drops them off there but don't be discouraged. Walk along the tracks for about 75 yards and you come to the real start to the trail. It's just across the track. From there a short uphill takes you to the gradual decline into the lake area and then the stunning lake. Look for moose in the lake but be careful to keep your distance and don't get between mom and baby.

The path takes you along the banks of the Nenana River too where you can build your own cairn and eventually loops back around the lake. Trains come through at the top of the canyon often but they don't scare the beavers at all.

Wonderful and easy. Have fun.

hiking
13 days ago

Good hike. Easy. Great scenery. Came here while camping at wonder lake. Would do again.

P.s. bring deet and mosquito nets. It’s worth looking crazy in exchange for not going insane

I was just in awe to be in Denali National Park!! Went during the last week of May!

Easy hike after long day in park. Beautiful views!!! Really enjoyed watching the beaver working on his dam.

hiking
17 days ago

Wow! So glad we got a local recommendation to take this hike up Mt Healy. In the end we were a bit short on time to make the final summit climb itself but that did not take away from the views and experience! This is not a beginner hike, with significant and constant uphill grades and rock scrambles with very loose and sharp granite/shale. The weather was very clear and windy! Easily 60+ mph mainly along the lower ridges; enough to make foot placement and balance difficult. If anyone has done Mt Washington in NH, this hike rivals that in terms of wind, exposure, and terrain.

hiking
18 days ago

This hike was breathtaking. We had very good weather and the clouds subsided as we got to the top. The views were stunning as we reached every faux peak. This hike definitely earned its hard rating as there were some difficult sections to climb in the broken slate. Definitely would recommend!

Absolutely beautiful hike! We had breathtaking views of Denali from the top! If you start on the gradual side and go down the steep side, it really isn’t too strenuous. We saw hikers of all ages. It’s heavily trafficked so bears weren’t a huge concern but carry bear spray just in case. Be prepared for A LOT of wind. Even on a calm day we had around 50mph prevailing winds on the exposed side. Highly recommend this hike!

Did the trail with my boys, 14 and 12 years old in 2.5 hours. Rigorous uphill but great vista views. Temp changes so layers helped.

Moderately trafficked area with more commercialization than desired at the trail head, but the views and scenery were still incredible! It’s a short hike, relatively easy. The hike takes you out and back along the edges of the river, back into some beautiful rock formations.

Started at wilderness trail loop and ended at the Savage river (4mile hike). We had two 4 yr olds and two 7 yr olds and they nailed it! Breathtaking views and we even saw a big blonde bear.

This trail shows off Denali taking you through tundra, which fades into a beautiful spruce forest. It ends at the huge glacier runoff where you can see Denali on a clear day. We went in the beginning of July 2018 and the Mosquitos were crazy bad. We sprayed several times with mosquito spray which kept them at bay. We never got bit but they were thick in some spots. It was so worth it because the views are amazing. I would do this trail again and again.

Easy hike. Great way to see the wildlife without venturing too far into the park. Moose, birds, and beaver.

hiking
1 month ago

Not an easy hike, however the views are stupendous! We did this with our 2 teenage daughters, and it was fully within everyone’s capability. I felt like we were on The Sound of Music while hiking the ridge line. I highly recommend starting at the Savage River trailhead and hiking towards Mountain Vista area. This gets the hardest part done early in the hike.

Nice if you go off trail a bit, this is a very busy trail!

Easy trail. We saw beavers and mooses. The lake is beautiful!

Was a lot of fun even though it was raining and hailing with no visibility. Short enough to enjoy the bad weather and challenging incline. Nice contrast to long bus rides through the park

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up to the high point from the Savage River lot. The incline is for sure brutal on the west side. Elected to head back down to the lot from there as it was raining pretty hard and we were soaked through. That view at the top is worth the climb, though.

Three stars since it's still in Denali, but it's not the most exciting trail. Up the ante by going off the trail at the north end and hopefully seeing some wildlife that people on the trail can't see.

hiking
1 month ago

Well-kept trail. From the Wonder Lake stop you'll need to backtrack on the road 1/3 mile or so to get to the trailhead. In June the mosquitoes were HEAVY around Wonder Lake and at the river itself. Along the trail it wasn't AS bad, but still pretty rough. Don't laugh at the people with the mosquito nets on their heads, cuz you'll start wishing you had bought one for yourself. Amazing views of Denali if you get lucky with the clouds!

on Horseshoe Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with great views. Will likely see beavers and moose even though it’s a busy trail usually.

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