Tundra Loop

A short and easy stroll at the Eielson Visitor Center showcasing the beautiful tundra landscape.

Hiking Easy

Distance
1 km
Ascent
50 m
Descent
50 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
1.1 km
Gradient
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Tundra Loop Map

Description

The Tundra Loop is a short must-do hike at the Eielson Visitor Center, deep in the heart of Denali National Park. With an average trail time of just 15 minutes, this is the perfect way to stretch out after a long bus ride and to soak in the unadulterated views of the stunning terrain. The trail is mostly flat, at least two feet wide, and a great option for the entire family. If you've made it this far into the park, this is a hike that you cannot miss.

On clear days, the visitor center alone offers impeccable views of the Alaskan Range, with Denali towering in the distance. The facility was even given a major renovation in 2008 to offer a more sleek and elegant profile tucked within the hillside. According to the park, wildlife can also be observed from the visitor center and along the Tundra Trail, though it should always be observed from a distance.

One of the most important things to note about this hike is that, although short, it can only be accessed by shuttle bus through the summer months. Private permits are granted for select weekends each year but have been known to sell out in minutes. For more information about traveling within the park, including bus information, click here.

Sources: https://www.recreation.gov/ticket/300014/ticket/2089 https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/dayhiking.htm

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September

Features

  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly

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