Triple Lakes Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,404' 428 m
Descent: -1,255' -382 m
High: 2,796' 852 m
Low: 1,662' 507 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A steady climb through dense boreal forests to a set of secluded lakes with superb camping spots.”— Ike Waits
Starting at the junction with the McKinley Station Trail, follow the trail south as it meanders through dense boreal forests for about a mile before reaching the foot of a long, strenuous climb. Begin the climb, being sure to take breaks every once in a while to sip some water and appreciate your progress.
After a few miles of climbing, the trail crests a ridgeline, following the ridge top along undulating terrain before dropping sharply to the first of three beautiful backcountry lakes.
Triple Lakes offers visitors the relatively unique opportunity to enjoy a truly backcountry Denali National Park experience just a few miles from civilization. However, while you're only a few miles away, you'll feel like you're the only person in all of Alaska. If an overnight is in your future, be sure to scan the lakes for the numerous wonderful campsites located near their shores.
While you may feel like the only being in this wonderful valley, occasional moose tracks in the soft lakeshore may suggest otherwise. If you're not already wired to bring your camera on adventures in Denali by now, this is the perfect opportunity to start.
After enjoying the lakes' serene shores, follow the trail either back to the visitor center, or continue south through a narrow notch at the ridge's southern end to a parking area off George Parks Highway.
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