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Horseshoe Lake Trail

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Trail

1.6 mile 2.6 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 133' 41 m
Descent: -275' -84 m
High: 1,725' 526 m
Low: 1,497' 456 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by Ike Waits

A quick jaunt to the peaceful Horseshoe Lake often provides visitors with views of wildlife.

Ike Waits

Features Lake · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly This is the perfect trail to get your kids out of the car and burn their energy after a long day's drive.

Description

The journey to Horseshoe Lake is a relatively popular one within the park, but considering the fact that most people enjoy Denali from the bus without ever stepping onto a trail, the "crowds" on this trail rarely exceed what you can count on two hands.

Nonetheless, this trail provides visitors who do choose to hike the perfect excuse to get out of the car after a long day's drive, stretch their legs, and, hopefully, experience some of the stunning wildlife for which Denali National Park and Preserve is known.

Starting at the Horseshoe Lake Trail Parking Area, follow the trail north through beautiful boreal forests to the lakeshore. While at the lake, keep your eyes peeled for full-racked bull moose as this can be a popular spot for them to cool off in the summertime.

After enjoying the lake, simply return the way you came to reach the parking area.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Moose and beaver are known to frequent this area. Bring your camera!

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Aug 26, 2019
Richard Lim
Easy, nice view in the lake. Steep stairs at the end — 1h 00m
Jun 5, 2019
Jason Draper

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Peering down over Horseshoe Lake. with permission from Rumiana Koynova-Tenchova
Sep 9, 2016 near Healy, AK
Beaver Dam at Horseshoe Lake Traial, Denali
Sep 12, 2018 near Healy, AK
Denali, Horseshoe Lake. with permission from Rumiana Koynova-Tenchova
Sep 15, 2016 near Healy, AK

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