Hike the McKinley Bar Trail

McKinley Bar Trailhead

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Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Summer

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Scenic
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Scenic views of Denali & the Alaska Range. Visit site where pioneering mountaineers started Mt McKinley climbs. Spot wildlife like bears, moose, and caribou. Ponds and wildflowers. 5 miles roundtrip. Negligible elevation gain.

McKinley Bar Trail is a 5 mile roundtrip hike that is located 1/4 mile before Wonder Lake Campground. This hike is a great way to stretch your legs out after a long bus ride. This easy trail meanders through a spruce forest and past many small ponds before reaching the McKinley Bar on the McKinley river. The mile-wide gravel bar was crossed by some of the pioneering climbers to start their ascent of Denali.

On a clear day, Denali dominates the view, but even when "The Great One" is shrouded by clouds there may be good views of other mountains in the Alaska range. Be on the lookout for water fowl and other animals like bear, moose, and caribou and be sure to follow guidelines for wildlife and bear safety.

This area can have mosquitos during parts of the summer so bug repellent and mosquito head nets are recommended.

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $30/night

Denali National Park Campgrounds

Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

From $246/night

Denali Park Village

Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

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Great views of Denali

Great views of Denali, wildflowers, river, wildlife. Easy flat hike.

Activities

Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Summer

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