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Savage Alpine Trail

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 4.4 (7)

A strenuous and popular trail that is easily accessible by car.


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4.3

Miles

7.0

KM

Point to Point

4,116' 1,255 m

High

2,582' 787 m

Low

1,382' 421 m

Up

1,551' 473 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

57%

Max Grade (30°)

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Bears are common in this area, be aware and make noise as your travel.

Description

Either end of the Savage Alpine Trail can be reached by personal vehicle or the complimentary Savage River Shuttle. The hike is best going counterclockwise from the Savage River Campground, using the free shuttle to return (check current schedule with the NPS).

Starting from the parking lot by the Savage River Campground, cross the road and continue past marked signs for the trail. The trail begins with a nice level gravel path and then climbs via several switchbacks to more open ground. Once on top, continue across a ridge and then down a steep slope toward the Savage River below. On a clear day, Denali will be visible off in the distance as you hike on top of the ridge. The only real difficulties to this trail are the steep switchbacks on the way up and the steep descent to Savage River. The trail is normally in good condition and easy to follow.

If you're looking for more hiking, the road back to the campground is just over two miles and makes for a nice loop. Otherwise, catch a lift back on the free shuttle (morning through early afternoon).

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  4.4 from 7 votes

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#74

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#6,312

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Great views of Denali and the Savage River!
Sep 15, 2020 near Healy, AK
Trailhead looking back towards Savage River & Denali Park bridge crossing
Sep 16, 2020 near Healy, AK
First set of Savage Alpine Trail rocks greeting you from the parking lot
Sep 15, 2020 near Healy, AK

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Aug 20, 2019
Aimee Borg
Oct 24, 2018
Birgit Moeller
Sep 21, 2018
Lucia Lee
Aug 9, 2018
Nathan Dumm
4.4mi
Jul 12, 2018
Joe Carpenter
Jul 4, 2018
Melissa Ross
Apr 22, 2018
Vivian C
First miles are easy gentle slope with the snow. Last 2 miles if there is still snow on the ground definitely borrow the snowshoes from visitor center
Jul 22, 2017
Josh Dryer
2mi