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McKinley Bar Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.3 (6)

One of the few groomed trails in Denali National Park, starting near Wonder Lake Campground.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Point to Point

2,094' 638 m

High

1,983' 605 m

Low

72' 22 m

Up

134' 41 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Endless blueberry picking in season and areas with unobstructed views for miles, this medium-length journey with an easy grade is a great option for the whole family.

Description

The McKinley Bar trail starts in open areas with great views (on clear days) of the Alaska Range and Denali with little altitude change throughout the hike. There are great picture taking opportunities as you pass creeks and lakes before reaching thick pine forests about one mile into the trail.

You lose all views of anything but evergreen trees once you reach the forests. The trail ends when you come out of the thick pine trees at the McKinley River. This is a great spot to see wildlife - in the open areas, you can see for miles.

Flora & Fauna

The trail winds through open fields with great flower viewing when it is the right season and then heads into thick pine tree forests before getting to the McKinley River.

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Shared By:

Dan Glowinski

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  4.3 from 6 votes

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Hiking the McKinley Bar Trail towards the McKinley River with the Alaska Mountain Range as a backdrop.  Denali (Mt McKinley) is just out of the picture, to the right.  This is a short and easy hike, but one of the few trails in Denali National Park.
Apr 24, 2015 near Healy, AK
Midway to McKinley Bar
Jul 31, 2017 near Healy, AK
McKinley Bar Trail.
Oct 22, 2015 near Healy, AK
Berry picking along McKinley Bar Trail.
Oct 22, 2015 near Healy, AK

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Sep 25, 2019
Lanny N Donna Holbrook
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Aug 9, 2018
Kristen Lipari
Jun 8, 2017
Josh Dryer
2.5mi
Aug 15, 2016
Summer Chapman
A great hike in August/September so you can pick berries!!
Jun 25, 2016
Mukesh Gogna
Jun 5, 2016
Mukesh Gogna
Jun 2, 2015
Larry Nelson