Denali Natl Park Grizzly Bear Sow Cubs Interior Alaska Tundra Summer Green
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Get incredible views of Denali and this trail’s namesake lakes on one of the best day hikes in the park. The southern trailhead is accessible at mile 231.3 on the Parks Highway, just north of the bridge across the Nenana River near the Lodge at Denali Park Village. This is one of the few areas in the park with easy trail access to the backcountry, which is known for its bears, moose, Dall sheep and other wildlife. Wander through aspen and birch trees for about four kilometers (2.5 miles) to the third lake, where the trail rises to follow the ridge line, with spectacular views in all directions, as it heads toward the main entrance of the park. Hiking the entire route typically takes between six and eight hours, and carrying bear spray is recommended.