Mt. Healy Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 1,609' 490 m
Descent: -1,609' -490 m
High: 3,371' 1,028 m
Low: 1,762' 537 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 63% (32°)
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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
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
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.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Denali National Park