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McKinley Station Trail

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Trail

1.3 mile 2.1 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 73' 22 m
Descent: -5' -2 m
High: 1,707' 520 m
Low: 1,639' 500 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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Trail shared by Hunter R

A gently graded gravel path linking Riley Creek Mercantile to the trails south of the Visitor Center

Hunter R

Features River/Creek · Wildlife

Family Friendly A short length and scenic views make this a great option for families with children.

Description

Meander down the McKinley Station Trail for a relaxing experience in peaceful woodlands complete with scenic streams and some of Denali's historic buildings.

Starting at the Riley Creek Mercantile or the Riley Creek Campground, follow the trail as it contours the hillside, passing the famous "Hole," where illegal activities such as gambling, consumption of alcohol, and violence were known to take place, as well as a turn-of-the-century farm that specialized in raising foxes for their fur.

Continuing on from these historic sites, the trail passes beside Hines Creek near the site of the first park headquarters, built in 1921.

Toward the end of the trail, visitors will pass two intersections: the first with the Triple Lakes Trail, and the second with the Morino Trail and the Triple Lakes Connector. For those who wish to return to the Riley Creek Mercantile or Riley Creek Campground, simply turn around and return the way you came. Otherwise, choose any of the remaining trails in this area of the park to extend your journey.

This content was contributed by author Ike Waits. For a comprehensive hiking guide to Denali National Park and to see more by Ike, click here.

Flora & Fauna

Beautiful boreal forests dominate this area of the park. On trail, keep your eyes peeled for moose, as they are often seen enjoying the cool waters of Riley and Hines Creeks.

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Jul 2, 2019
John Mussell
From Riley Creek Campground to McKinley station trail — 17h 05m
Jun 27, 2019
Vidyasagar Duvvuru
Jul 3, 2018
Melissa Ross
Jul 28, 2016
Anthony Koberstein

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Moose in the water.
Oct 22, 2015 near Healy, AK

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