McKinley Station Trail
ElevationAscent: 73' 22 m
Descent: -5' -2 m
High: 1,707' 520 m
Low: 1,639' 500 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)
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“A gently graded gravel path linking Riley Creek Mercantile to the trails south of the Visitor Center”— Hunter R
Family Friendly A short length and scenic views make this a great option for families with children.
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.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Denali National Park