Travel Adventures - Denali National Park Horseshoe Lake Trail

It's day 2 of our trip in Alaska. We drove from Anchorage to Healy, a town 10 miles north of the main entrance to Denali National Park. Our families rented an A frame house off Lignite road. If you plan to visit Denali, a vacation rental can be a great option. With our seven adults, we had plenty of space in the house, a full kitchen, spacious deck with grill and full laundry facilities. We reserved the house through VRBO about six months ahead of time.

To Denali
On the drive to Denali - scenery abounds.

We arrived into the Denali area around 1:30. We ate at the Black Bear cafe, in the shopping area across from the Princess Lodge. There were several shops that we perused. After lunch, my sister's family drove to the park's visitor center while we went to check into the house on Lignite road. The skies were mostly clear with a constant breeze. The A frame house encompassed a lovely view of the valley. Dinner was salad and grilled tuna that we enjoyed outside on the deck. My family hardly ever eats al fresco but the breeze kept the mosquitoes away and it was a lovely way to start our visit. I stayed up past 11pm to catch the "sunset" because when you're in the land of the midnight sun, you try to take advantage of it.

Denali Sunrise

Contemplative 🤔 #clbm_ak18 #silhouette #sunrise

The next day we dodged the rains and spent a few hours in the park, keeping close to the Denali Visitor Center. The Horseshoe Lake trail starts a half a mile from the visitor center parking lot and takes you around the scenic lake. At first, the 2 mile trail ascends to a lookout of the lake. From there, it descends down to lake level with pine trees flanking the banks. There is a beaver dam complete with lodge on the lake with lots of visible activity. The trail also intersects with the Nenana river for more beautiful views. Our hike lasted an hour or so and we avoided the rain. We felt lucky - once we finished, the rains started again.

Lake Lookout
Hike Horseshoe Lake Lookout - Denali
Selfie Time at the Lookout
Overlooking Horseshoe Lake #hiking #clbm_ak18 #getoutdoors #denalinationalpark

Beaver Dam and Horseshoe Lake:
Hike Around Horseshoe Lake - Denali

Along the Nenana River
Nenena River - Denali

Hike Around Horseshoe Lake - Denali

Today's short hike served as a mere teaser for tomorrow's adventure - hiking in the Savage River area.


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