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

Good afternoon hike

hiking
2 days ago

Good trail! Walked in casually with friends at a leisurely pace. Taking our time, we got to the top in just under an hour and the views are definitely worth it!

This hike is a moderately strenuous hike. It’s uphill the entire way and gets pretty steep towards the end. I thought I was in okay shape but after hiking this I would say that I’m definitely not in shape at all. That being said this is not an impossible hike...children were doing it and a woman with a one month old baby and a 3 year old in tow did it. It’s totally worth making it to the top.

This trail is challenging but absolutely worth the views. I would do it again in a heartbeat! Took about 3 hours to hit the top w/ stopping to take pictures. Completed the hike in late July so it was fairly hot. Rated strenuous by the NPS.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice trail. Nice view!

backpacking
18 days ago

Amazing hike! A bit tough through the Valley between the K’seugi and Curry’s ridges but totally worth it. Incredible views of Denali and surprisingly great weather the entire three days. Feel blessed to have completed this with my two teenage daughters and beautiful wife.

Hated the beginning and end but loved the middle. Both ends of the trail killed me but so worth it. I would definitely do the whole thing again!

With clear weather this is possibly the most scenic trail in the world. Enjoy!

Magnificent trail! My three kids ages 8, 11 and 13, mother, dog, I had a wonderful time hiking this trail! Glorious views of Denali for the majority of the hike. We did it in a total of 5 hours at a VERY leisure pace with plenty of stops and stopping for lunch. A new favorite for sure!!!

nature trips
1 month ago

out and back day trips. seen some blue grouse lots of huckleberry when in season. a beautiful day here.

hiking
1 month ago

A great trail that is well marked and maintained. However be aware of the bugs in the summer. We managed to escape with few bites without bug nets by using off deep woods wipes every 20-30 minutes and 100% deet spray. We were also warned that bears can be especially frequent on this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Challenging, but worth it. Beautiful for a day hike. BTW...Listed as Strenuous by the NPS.

Amazing hike. Fingers crossed you don't have fog the whole time.

Awesome hike! I did this in 2 days but it would be great to spend several extra days on the ridge exploring. There are some steep parts but very doable even for those not in great shape. Several boggy areas but all are easy to go around or through on well placed rocks or board walks. Great variety in the terrain and views, it was never boring. I did see a family of black bears near the trail, marmots, moose and tons of ground squirrels. Definitely the best way to see Denali. Be careful on a clear hot day the sun is brutal even with sunscreen. There are plenty of snow melt streams for water, near the end there are lakes. Do not forget the bug dope, there are lots of mosquitoes in some parts. There are 3 pit latrines along the route. Little Coal Creek trailhead is just a parking lot/outhouse/trailhead off the highway - hidden from the road. Byers Lake is a pretty big campground.

Great views at the top

Nice trail until you get to the far side of the lake where brush overgrows the path a bit. Bring bug spray - mosquitoes are in full force. We walked on a cloudy day, so views of mountains somewhat obscured. Map says 5.3 miles but most in our group said it seemed longer than that.

Awesome views of the valley below. The whole hike is a pretty trip through the woods with wildflowers all around. I recommend continuing up past the end of the maintained trail. It is still rather defined with even better views and opportunities to explore.

So many bugs! This may be my own preference but I’m going to stay away from still bodies of water. It is a nice, well-maintained trail with lots of proximity to the water but for a gal that hates bugs like I do, I hiked about 15 minutes before I turned around. Also, weirdly close to recreational stuff. I felt like I was walking through people’s picnics.

Very steep hike and can get quite warm on the way up. Once on top, great views for such a short hike. The trails are a big narrow and I had a very bad spill on the way back down but a great hike especially if you are hiking solo, lots of people everywhere

Awesome trail!!! I was lucky it was so clear, there are phenomenal views from the top of this trail, I can’t believe this doesn’t have a higher rating! It is stunning, a little bit steep in some spots but easier than Mt. Healy and the views are ridiculous for only a short hike!

birding
1 month ago

Really lovely easy hike. This lake loop is 3.5 miles of shady well worn path. There is a $5 day use fee for the park!! Worth it :-)

The day was about 75 degrees F which made it a sweaty hike. Views were great and you could see Mt. Denali at the top. Would not recommend to children or someone looking for a moderate hike. This was definitely strenuous.

Beautiful day and beautiful hike! Lovely view of Denali and Foraker. Highly recommend this hike for anyone and everyone. Pretty mild hike until the top, where it gets pretty strenuous. Pretty great day hike, with the option to make it overnight.

Shorter than I would thought it should be, which I guess is a bigger bang for your buck as far as mileage goes. I want to go all the way to Mt Healy summit next time, not just the lookout.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views and is very approachable, just steep and windy when the switchbacks start.

Nice easy hike. Buggy but that's Alaska.

Beautiful views. Some steep sections. Trail maintenance good. Nothing technical. Windy at top. Nice view of glittering gulch and Denali Park visitor center. Beautiful views of the Alaska Range. And the Park road valley.

If you can do Savage River Alpine Trail, you can definitely do this. It is not so much a quad burner but more of a long slow death but well worth it when you reach the top. Lots of moose on the lower half. You will wonder why people coming back are wearing winter hats and jackets even in June, but when you reach the top you will find out why. Come prepared.

Decent ascent with some nice views from the top. It was somewhat cloudy so the views probably could have been better. Not many people on the trail and nice given its proximity to the park entrance

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