Triple Lakes Trail

A long day hike or overnight trek offering wild views and remote campsites.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
15 km
Ascent
681 m
Descent
660 m
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
495 m
High Point
859 m
Gradient
10˚
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Triple Lakes Trail Map

Description

For an epic day hike along a well-established path, the Triple Lakes Trail is one of the most flexible and challenging hikes near Denali's main visitor center. Hike out-and-back from either trailhead or secure a shuttle and enjoy the entire trail from end to end, depicted here.

The trail begins by crossing two creeks by bridge, then quickly winds its way into an effervescent spruce forest as it steadily climbs. As you hug the hilly contours, views of Riley Creek can be seen in the basin below, with an endless selection of unnamed peaks seen cascading along the horizon. Wildflowers are also particularly notable in the spring and early summer.

The southernmost section of the Triple Lakes Trail trail offers commanding views of the lakes, then skirts along their shores. According to the park, established first-come, first-serve campsites are available near two of the lakes, as long as you obtain the appropriate permits beforehand.

One way, the entire trail is 9.5 miles, with its highest point almost perfectly in the middle. Trailheads are located at the Denali Visitor Center and along Highway 3 due south, though water and restrooms are only available at the visitor center.

Sources: https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/unit1.htm https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/triple.htm

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September

Features

  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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