Hiking/ Trails, Denali National Park and Preserve
Favorite thing: Horseshoe lake can be reached via a pretty short trail near the Denali visitor's center. If I'm remembering correctly, the trail was about 2 miles round trip and had only minimal elevation gain. The views of the lake, and the surroinding mountains, are spectacular, even under the typically cloudy conditions that surround Denali.
Favorite thing: There was still a lot of ice & snow when I was there in spring 1998, especially on the higher passes of the park. So be prepared if you want to do hiking in Denali National Park during the spring season.
Favorite thing: Like other Alaska parks, Denali deliberately offers few developed trails. All of these are located near the park entrance, to wit: the Taiga Trail, the Mt Healy Overlook Trail, the Morino Loop Trail, the Horseshoe Lake Trail, the Triple Lakes Trail (with two trailheads) and the Rock Creek Trail (which ends at the Park Headquarters a few miles beyond the Visitor Center). Elsewhere you are expected to beat your own path, avoid the single file custom of exploration in most national parks, and leave no trace of your trek.
Favorite thing: I particularly enjoy doing some simple treks with my friends. The weather was good and the scenery was fantastic, only thing is to look out for wild animals and sudden change in the weather:)
Favorite thing: Some flowers have started to bloom in springtime at the park, creating beautiful colours across Denali National Park as well as the rest of Alaska.
Fondest memory: Hiking and exploring the park with a group of cheerful friends really brightened up my stay at the park. This photo was taken during a short break during the Horseshoe Lake hike.
Favorite thing: There are several lakes in the park, including mirror lake and horse-shoe lake. Thiese lakes add an additional touch to the beautiful landscape and wildlife in the national park.
Favorite thing: There are many superb viewpoints as you journey through the park due to the open spaces of the tundra, unlike if you are in a forest area. There are many opportunities for photography here.
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