Denali, North America's tallest mountain, is at the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Aside from this majestic peak, the park's many outdoor activities and attractions have led to a boom in the area’s tourism activity. For hikers and mountaineers, below are a few trails to satisfy your adventurous spirit.
What Trails Should You Hike in Denali National Park?
1. Mount Healy Overlook Trail
This 5.4-mile trail, which is also one of the steepest in the park, ends halfway up Mount Healy. It offers panoramic views to hikers who brave the two-hour uphill climb and the 1,700-ft elevation gain. This tourism feature rewards visitors with stunning views of the Healy Ridge, Nenana River Valley, and gorgeous alpine ridges.
2. Horseshoe Lake Trail
Horseshoe Lake Trail has made the park a popular tourism spot for guests looking for a more leisurely hike. This 2.3-mile path only has a 200-ft elevation gain and leads around Horseshoe Lake. Tourists are likely to spot moose and beavers on their way to the Overlook. Hikers can enjoy breathtaking views of surrounding mountains, the Nenana River, and the "Glitter Gulch" development.
3. Savage River Loop Trail
The Savage River Loop lets parents combine fun and education for their kids. To begin the 2-mile tundra walk, tourists need to enter the wilderness of Denali National Park. The relatively flat terrain is manageable for most kids, and trekkers can spot marmots, sheep, arctic ground squirrels, and caribou during the 90- to 120-minute trip. Guests also enjoy a leisurely hike on both sides of the Savage River after crossing a bridge about 1.5 miles downstream.
Tourism in Alaska continues to grow, thanks to the state's many natural wonders and attractions. If you are looking for a home away from home while exploring Denali National Park, visit Totem Inn in Healy. This family-owned and -operated hotel is exactly what you need if you want to stay at a place with a rustic ambiance. You’ll also get full-service lodging with access to a cocktail lounge, restaurant, and fitness room. Call them today at (907) 683-6500 to book a room or visit their website to make an online reservation.