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The Great One - Denali National Park

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A July 2012 trip to Denali by stvchin

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Quote: I bring friends with me to explore Denali National Park. Denali is Athabascan for "The Great One."

Denali National Park & Preserve

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Attraction | "Denali National Park entrance area attractions"

Denali National Park & Preserve Photo, Denali, Alaska
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If you want to spend any time in Denali National Park, most of the time you will visit the entrance area, whether it’s the Visitors Center, or the Wilderness Access Center (WAC.)Most people will end up seeing the Visitors Center. Those awaiting buses into the park will need to go to the Wilderness Access Center. In addition, the Alaska Railroad station is actually in the park, just across the road from the Vistors Center.The Visitors Center and the surrounding area is the hub of activity at Denali National Park. It’s open during the summer from 8 AM to 6 PM. All of the shuttle buses from the nearby lodges will take you to the Visitors Center. The Visitors Center has public restrooms, an in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 7, 2012

Denali National Park & Preserve
Alaska Route 3/George Parks Highway
Denali, Alaska
(907) 733-2231

Denali National Park Sled Dog Kennel

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Attraction | "Denali National Park Sled Dog Demonstration"

Denali National Park Sled Dog Kennel Photo, Denali, Alaska
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The Denali National Park sled dogs and their kennels are unique to the National Park System. The dogs and kennels are not there just for demonstration, but during the winter, they are actual working dogs. During the summer, the dogs give sled demonstrations as part of staying fit. There are sled dog demonstrations every day during the summer at 10 AM, 2 PM and 4 PM. The free shuttle to the sled dog kennels leaves the Visitor Center 40 minutes before the demonstration time, so a 10 AM demonstration has 9:20 AM buses. The demonstrations are free and no reservation is needed.The shuttle bus is one of the standard green school bus types run by the park and the ride over takes about 10 minute...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 3, 2012

Denali National Park Sled Dog Kennel

Denali, Alaska

Horseshoe Lake Trail

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Horseshoe Lake Trail Photo, Denali, Alaska
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Horseshoe Lake TrailThe Horseshoe Lake Trail is one of the trails at the entrance area of Denali National Park. The Trail is reachable via the Taiga Trail from the Visitors Center or from the bus stop at the railroad crossing parking lot. We chose to start from the railroad parking lot. Horseshoe Lake used to connect to the adjacent Nenana River until sediment and dirt eventually blocked the connection to the river. The trail is starts off relatively flat and eventually goes down about 250 feet to the level of Horseshoe Lake. Most of the upper portion of the trail is made up of compacted gravel or hard packed dirt. There were some National Park Service trail workers prese...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 2, 2012

Horseshoe Lake Trail
Denali National Park Road at Alaska RR crossing
Denali, Alaska

Mount Healy Overlook Trail

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Attraction | "Mt. Healy Overlook Trail - It's Worth The Hike!"

Mount Healy Overlook Trail Photo, Denali, Alaska
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The Mt. Healy Overlook Trail is one of the many hiking trails around the entrance to Denali National Park. The Mt. Healy Overlook Trail is billed as the most strenuous, with a rise of 1700 feet and total distance of 4.5 miles round trip. It’s proximity to the Visitors Center makes it quite popular. Depending on your physical stamina, the hike should take anywhere from 2-4 hours.Mt. Healy itself is the closest named mountain to the entrance of Denali National Park. It only goes up to around 6000 feet, and consists of multiple peaks and ridges. They say that on a clear day, Mt. McKinley is visible at the end of the Mt. Healy Overlook Trail. Unfortunately for us, it wasn’t clear the day we we...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 30, 2012

Mount Healy Overlook Trail
Via the Tiaga Trail
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Denali National Park & Preserve

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Attraction | "King of the mountain! - A Discovery Hike in Denali."

Denali National Park & Preserve Photo, Denali, Alaska
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Denali National Park (DNP) has free ranger guided off-trail hikes, called Discovery Hikes or Disco Hikes. DNP is the only National Park with off-trail ranger guided hikes. There are 2 Disco Hikes each day, and you must sign up in person starting 2 days before the hike in person. The signup sheets are at the Visitor Center and limited to 11 hikers each, so be sure to sign up quickly. They vary from moderately hard to strenuous. The location of the hikes are pretty much at random, but generally start off at the side of the Denali Park Road where the shuttle bus drops you off. On Monday, we went to the Visitor Center to sign up for either of the Wednesday Disco Hikes, but they were both full....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2012

Denali National Park & Preserve
Alaska Route 3/George Parks Highway
Denali, Alaska
(907) 733-2231