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Mt. Healy Out and Back

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A challenging climb that leads to amazing views from Mt Healy. On a clear day you can see Denali.


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4.8

Miles

7.7

KM

Out and Back

3,371' 1,028 m

High

1,762' 537 m

Low

1,609' 490 m

Up

1,609' 490 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

63%

Max Grade (32°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly While the grades are definitely tough, the trail is short and the views from the top are incredible. Older kids will love the challenge of the climb and there is plenty to entertain them along the way

Hiking beyond the trail is permitted, but the terrain is very steep so use caution.

Overview

While you'll reach some incredible views, keep in mind that this route is one of the steepest in the park! The Mt. Healy Trail heads part of the way up Mount Healy, a small mountain which overlooks the park entrance. The views from the ridge are well worth the effort!

Description

Start your hike from the parking area by the Denali Visitor Center on the Taiga Trail. This trail is a fairly flat, easy gravel path that gives you a short warm-up before turning onto the Mt. Healy Trail.

The Mt. Healy Trail rises steadily through spruce forest at first, and the climbing here is steady but mild. Enjoy it while it lasts! About 1.5 miles into the hike, the trail reaches some benches with a nice overlook back the way you came. After the benches, the climb becomes steeper.

The next section has several switchbacks that will bring you above tree-line. There will be plenty of rocks and roots to navigate as well. Please do not short cut the switchbacks as this can lead to erosion problems, and the footing is less safe.

The official end of the trail is not the summit of Mount Healy, but an open spot with incredible views to the south. It is almost always windy here, so come prepared, as the stunning views will make it difficult to leave. You'll enjoy sweeping views in almost all directions, as the low tundra vegetation won't obstruct your view. Bring you camera, as you'll enjoy beautiful views of Denali, especially on a clear day! Hiking the ridges of Mount Healy beyond the trail is permitted, but it can be dangerous. Please use caution if you plan to hike toward the true summit, which is approximately another 1,500' higher.

Once you are done enjoying the stunning views, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.

Flora & Fauna

Spruce forests shade the lower portions of the trail. Wildflowers can be seen in season. There will be a possibility to see bears, moose, marmots, pika, and other wildlife along the way.

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Kristen Arendt

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  4.6 from 17 votes

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Photos

View from the Mt. Healy Overlook Trail.
Aug 1, 2019 near Healy, AK
Hiking the Taiga Trail.
Sep 15, 2016 near Healy, AK
Headed up Mt. Healy.
Oct 22, 2015 near Healy, AK
Denali: Mt Healy.
Oct 22, 2015 near Healy, AK
View from the Mt. Healy Overlook Trail.
Aug 1, 2019 near Healy, AK
Denali: Mt Healy Overlook Hike.
Oct 22, 2015 near Healy, AK

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Sep 29, 2020
Daniel G
Hiked beyond the trail to 4000' 6.9mi — 3h 45m
Sep 2, 2020
Kyungmin K
Aug 5, 2020
Bill Wells
Evening hike. Great views! Less then an hour to return to the car park area. 5.4mi — 2h 30m
Aug 5, 2020
Marc Daniel
With Mila — 10h 15m
Jul 11, 2020
Jessica Weissinger
Aug 20, 2019
Jeff Lee
6.5mi — 3h 52m
Aug 10, 2019
涼 宮野
16h 22m
Jun 23, 2019
Travis C