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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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

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

Awesome view at the top!

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.

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.

Long, hard trail. Get a friendly local to drive you in their 4x4 truck or quad up to the end of the dirt road, it’ll cut your hike in half and start you up where the view is already good!

Great trail. The remains of the mine is quite cool place. But don't stop there and continue up the ridge and the peak.Hard, a bit scary but worth it.

Gruelling hike up and down but well worth every bit of the effort. one of the most amazing and rewarding views in my 66 years on the planet

It’s uphill all the way but the views are 100% worth it.

easy trail to the overlook point.. good glacier view..

really steep to climb but worth it.. amazing view..

2 months ago

One of the most beautiful hike in Kenai Pensilvania.

Dang my feet hurt! And my knees! Good thing this was a pretty hike! Saw like 8 marmots!! And the icefield, which was pretty cool too. Sept 11, 2018. 7.5 hr RT.

Spectacular hike! Starts fairly wooded, at the Meadows overlook breaks out into open territory and beautiful alpine meadows. Every stop off provides a beautiful view, so don’t feel shortchanged if you can not make it the entire way up. We climbed to Top of the Cliffs and were rewarded with a beautiful view of the Icefield, glacier, even a black bear grazing on berries about 200 yds away. Plenty of people on the trail but good to bring bug and bear spray just in case. Took about 4 hours round trip, but we took our time and picked raspberries and blueberries along the way :) a must do for anyone visiting the area.

Best hike I ever done !

We made it to the second lake starting from the Denali Village. Didn't have a ton of time to hike, but beautiful views and easy to follow trail. If you have a little time to spend, this is well worth it!

Amazing views!!!The trail is strenuous, but absolutely worth it.

Hiked this trail on 8/20. Definitely not easy on the way up, but well worth it! We hiked past the end of the maintained trail for a couple of miles. Views were beautiful.

Honestly, I used to be an avid hiker but I’m currently pretty dang out of shape and was questioning if I should attempt this trail- it was SO worth it!!! Out of all the amazing hikes in different states that I’ve done, I dare say this was my most favorite!! The pictures don’t do it justice! My husband and I took our time and we were both in AWE! So, so worth it. And if you’re questioning if it’s too hard, just know you can do it- doesn’t matter if everyone is passing you on the way up, you will be so amazed by how beautiful the views are.

on Bison Gulch

2 months ago

Extremely fun hike little risky with beautiful views well worth it !

Very nice view

Amazing to be this close to the Glacier. Also interesting to see how much the Glacier has receded over the years!

Really nice for overlook

A bit difficult incline for seniors. A lot of steps to climb but well worth the view. There is a bench at the top of the steps on your way out so you can stop and rest. We did not do the loop, we hiked back out the way we came in.

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