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Mt. Healy Out and Back

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Length

4.8 Miles 7.7 Kilometers


Elevation

1,609' 490 m

Ascent

-1,609' -490 m

Descent

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

63%

Max Grade (32°)

3,371' 1,028 m

High

1,762' 537 m

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

Kristen Arendt

Overview

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

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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Aug 8, 2018
Juergen Gesser
Aug 17, 2017
Shelbie Sullivan
Didn't go the whole way up but saw fairly clear views from various overlooks. Saw squirrels, rabbits, and I think fresh moose poop. 4mi
Aug 17, 2017
Arut Jothi
4.8mi
Jul 29, 2017
Dorian Javidi
Jul 23, 2017
Jim Curtis
Jun 26, 2017
Craig Fouts
Fun but steep. Need an entire afternoon to get to top of Healy 6mi
Jun 17, 2017
Adam Austin
Jun 4, 2017
Rebecca Jordan
Hiked to the summit. Trail was great the entire way. Took five hours from the visitors center, including snack and photo breaks

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  4.7 from 7 votes

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