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    Default Hiking recommendations near Denali Park

    Anyone have recommendations for day hikes in the Denali area? Staying at the Denali Morning Mountain Hostel and would like to avoid the bus and crowds. Not experienced, so need easy-to-follow trails! Thanks!

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    Do a search for Triple Lakes Hike. It's a nice day hike to the first lake or two. You probably don't want to go all the way to the 3rd one. Trail head is near the park entrance but it's not in the park.
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    Try the Primrose Ridge hike in the park. You can drive in on the park road and park at the Savage River lot. Hike up the road for about 1/2 mile, then look for a trail through the brush. Before long you're above all the vegetation, and you can climb the ridge in open tundra. There are a lot of sheep up there, and we got to within about 50 feet of some really nice rams last year. Also saw a big herd of caribou. Great views, no crowds up there- give it a shot.

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    There's also Mt. Healy, which has a trailhead near the visitor center (ask inside). It starts out easy enough, but gets progressively steeper and less defined (with better and better viewpoints) as you go up. No views of Denali unless you get pretty high up though. The previously described Primrose Ridge / Mt. Margaret hike is probably the best in the area without dealing with the bus, though the trail won't exactly pop out at you as you walk along the road (it's not signed and not an official trail).

    There's also the Kesugi Ridge Trail system in Denali State Park, way south of the national park entrance along the Parks Highway. If anything, the views of the big peaks are better, the trails less crowded, and the general area less touristy. Just depends on what you're looking for and your transportation options.

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    Default Primrose ridge trail

    I've got the GPS coordinates for that trail if anyone's interested. And lots of shots like this.
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    I'd be interested in doing this hike in September but don't use a GPS as of yet. It's been mentioned by another poster that the trailhead isn't that easy to find. Any landmarks or anything to look for that would make it easier to spot? Thanks

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