Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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.

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

hiking
14 days 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
17 days ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

Great little year round hike. Did it in Jan, -20s temps. The lake is frozen in the winter and you can walk on parts of it. Most stunning is the opening along the Nenana River—bright water against the snow covered banks and mountain views.

Beautiful hike!! SO worth the drive:)

hiking
10 months ago

The trail crossed several different types of landscapes and it was a fun trail to hike. The end of the trail is a river bank and it gives a unblocked view of Denali. Unfortunately it was cloudy when we got there. Saw footprints of bears, old though.

hiking
10 months ago

We went up Labor Day weekend 2017. As others have stated, it is a moderately steep grade most of the way with several benches to rest on. There is loose rock most of the way. Overall I'd say this is a moderately advanced hike for experienced hikers. Novice hikers will find it difficult. BRING A WINDBREAKER OR RAIN JACKET!! Gusts were about 60mph at the top!!

It's an easy hike. Fun for kids. Lots of beaver dams and squirrels along the trail. Lake is unbelievably clear. Suggest doing it if you have the time on your trip to Alaska!

hiking
11 months ago

One of the hardest hikes Healy, AK has to offer. The trail often is at an incline, and the rocks are at times loose. Don't let this steer you away from doing it. Every ridge line has one incredible view after another. Be sure to hike all the way to the "castle" It's totally worth it. At this point expect an extremely steep climb roughly 20 feet up.
Once at the top don't forget to sign your name, Enjoy

Extremely easy loop, not much to it. The lake is gorgeous and the occasional beaver may peek it's way out from its dam.

I recommend combining this hike with a few of the others in the area; like the roadside or maybe even MT Healy.

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

Easy trail with very nice views of the Nenana.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Beautiful views. Worth doing

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

great warm up hike. beautiful setting. watched a muskrat having breakfast and a collared pika.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Saw one mama moose and her two twin babies. Very easy and I took my time overall an hour long. The shuttle buses are on time :)

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nice little hike. Saw moose and her two baby calves.

hiking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Great little trail if you are short on time like us. Saw 5 beavers and heard a bull moose call.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

A moderate trail. Some good sized up hills on the way back. Pretty view of some lakes. Pretty crowded place.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Loved this hike! It actually has one very steep section to it. You can hike all the way around the lake. Gorgeous scenery and vistas.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Very beautiful and easy trail.

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

great spot to observe beavers

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Ok trail. VERY Accessible. Has boardwalks too to keep out of the marshy pond. Trail track listed here is misleading you can hike entire way around the lake. lots of beavers our working on their dams and there is actually a train crossing during the first 1/4 mile of the trail. Time if around 1630 to see the AKRR cut through.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Breathtaking picturesque views of the pond with the mountain backdrop. Go slow and take it all in... Nice boardwalk section, river section and tons of geologically interesting things to see if you take the full loop... Go see the beaver dam then take the rest of the trail.. Don't just turn around and go back up.

hiking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I would rate this trail as difficult. The assent is very steep and technical. A lot of loose rocks. Same for the descent. Dress in layers. Gorgeous views from several points along the way if you don't want to go all the way to the top.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lovely views and great opportunities to see wildlife-including beaver, a variety of ducks and moose.

birding
Sunday, January 03, 2016

short but great little hike, beaver ponds and moose sightings.

hiking
Thursday, August 16, 2012

They are doing a good job of upgrading the trail, e.g. adding log steps on the steeper portions. You may see a beaver patrolling the dam or a moose bathing and grazing in the lake.

hiking
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

No pets on park trails. There looks to be a trail that accesses it from outside the park possibly, though. We accessed the trail from within the park near the railroad tracks. Didn't see the little "no dog" symbols on all of the trail signs. Short hike down to lake, can be steep coming back up. Well maintained.

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