Explore the most popular wildlife 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
5 days ago

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

hiking
6 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
10 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
10 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
12 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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

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 .

Windy and sublime

hiking
7 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
8 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
10 months ago

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

Great Hike! The switch backs make it easier and I felt more moderate than hard.

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