Hike to Horseshoe Lake, Denali NP

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Distance

3 miles

Elevation Gain

255 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Austin Marlia

Lakes and open meadows. Wildlife sightings.

Horseshoe Trail is located inside of Denali National Park in Alaska. This area provides a ton of lakes, open meadows, and free ranging wildlife, such as moose, grizzly bears, and caribou.

Starting at the parking lot near the railroad tracks, you follow the tracks south until you see the Horseshoe Trail sign. You will hike towards a raging river located near Horseshoe Lake, surrounded by beaver dams and wildlife.

For an overview of the trails in the park, check out the park map.

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Great hike!

Easy, un-intimidating hike in Denali! Would 100% recommend, especially like another reviewer said if you need to fill in a few hours in the park and still do something scenic and fun! Decent amount of people, but not in an obnoxious way, more in a "I feel safer b/c of bears" way!

Horseshoe Trail

Quick and easy trail with very nice views. Perfect for if you only have a few hours before a tour.

Nice Easy Walk

Went to Horseshoe Lake a few years back and enjoyed the easy walk. Also got to see moose and beavers in the marsh.

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