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Entrance area trails

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Entrance area trails

Hi - We will be at Denali for about a day and a half. Don't think we will have a lot of time the first day and are interested in hiking a little. Are the trails near the entrance worthwhile? Scenic, wildlife, etc.? Thanks,


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1. Re: Entrance area trails

Yes, there are trails near the entrance. Are they worthwhile? They are to many visitors but everyone is different. You won't know until you go there and hike on some of them. Try Healy Overlook Trail. Scenic? Yes. Wildlife? Maybe yes, maybe no. After all it is wildlife so you never know but I wouldn't count on it.

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2. Re: Entrance area trails

Yes, they have several well prepared trails around the entrance that are worth walking. There is a Lake Trail with the trailhead next to the railroad-road crossing, where there are frequently moose to be seen. Other trails wander through the woods offering a variety of scenic opportunities. This is wilderness, so the animals congregate where they wish to, and often not where we tourists wish they would.

One principle that holds up well is that if you go even half a mile from the start of the trail, you will leave over 90% of the tourists behind. After a mile or two you will have the wilderness pretty much to yourself, even around the park entrance area. The Mt. Healy trail will get you above the trees and into nice views.


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