Explore the most popular views 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.

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.

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12 days 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

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19 days 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.

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19 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

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21 days ago

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

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21 days ago

Super easy hike, beautiful scenery, good for kids or those with bad knees. There’s usually a fair amount of traffic, but some peaceful spots to sit and reflect just off trail.

fantastic hike, started from the savage river parking lot with a steep climb. amazing views of the valley and savage river.

Only did the section from the Savage River parking lot to highpoint, but WHATA VIEW!

A real quad burner and quite windy at the top but worth the view.

Fantastic hike! Left from river side with a good strenuous vertical start to the top of the crest. Spectacular views as the weather moved in. Freezing rain and snow rest of the way. High north winds at the outset but just be prepared. Weather changes in an instant there. Highly recommend this hike. Went in early June.

hiking
1 month ago

So I did this hike with a friend on 9/1/2014, not expecting much to change from a beautiful, clear morning hike we'd had elsewhere. Everything started off fine as we headed along the river. We noticed what looked like a storm a ways off. By the time we started gaining elevation we were getting into it, and soon we found ourselves in a quite the little blizzard. Semi-high winds, couldn't see beyond the next ridge often, it was pretty cool and a few times slightly scary. It was like being in a Game of Thrones episode. So this is all to make the point, check the weather before you head up so you know what you might be getting into.

Anyway, quite the workout and fun hike. Hard to speak of the view since we couldn't see much, but I bet it's great on a clear day. We only went one way, then hitched a ride back to the trailhead. Overall highly recommended.

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1 month ago

Awesome hike, but wouldn’t recommend if there’s still snow. We lost the trail and ended up making our own path through some sections.

Continued past the “maintained” trail to a waterfall where we saw Dall Sheep on the other side of the river (high up). Also saw ground squirrels, snowshoe hares and caribou.

Very easy, level terrain. Got to see some Caribou close up but otherwise not too interesting.

I found it challenging but definitely doable. Real windy on the south side so bring some layers. Featureless near the top but great views of Denali if you’re lucky enough to have clearer skies. Hiked in May and didn’t see any wildlife except squirrels. Would love to do again in the Summer months for better surroundings and less snow track .

hiking
3 months ago

It's a beautiful trail and such a short loop, but don't go in the spring without proper hiking shoes, the ice is still there (wow i'm such a lower 48er) and you can end up nearly falling in the river multiple times.

Windy and sublime

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
7 months ago

Cool hike with a little wildlife, some grizzly activity at the end of the trail ( moose lunch). skip the bus return and hike both directions.

hiking
9 months ago

Only did a mile from the river side,but still gorgeous!

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