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Denali National Park: Toklat River Valley

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Distance: 5.0 miles


Trace a wide gravel bar along a branch of the Toklat River Valley on this 10-mile out-and-back bounded by rugged peaks.
  • Toklat River Valley
  • Snowshoe Hare
  • Low water levels
  • Low-hanging fog
  • Thickets
  • Views above the gravel bar
  • Views to the south
  • Glacier-carved peaks line the route
  • Trail Views
  • Staying above the river
  • A rock in the river bed
  • Prints
  • Prints
  • Grizzly Tracks
  • Tracks
  • Geodes
  • Rocks
  • Valleys
  • Views above the river
  • Braided River
  • Fall Colors
  • Side Canyon
  • Toklat River Valley

Hike this 10-miler in late fall when the crowds are thinning and the colors are peaking. The route begins at mile-marker 51 and winds south for five miles along a braided branch of the Toklat River. (The water’s glacial sediment can easily clog a water filter, so look for clear stream tributaries along the way.) Keep an eye out for grizzly bears that like to wander the river banks—you may also spot Dall sheep, wolves, and snowshoe hares.

PERMIT: Overnight camping in Denali National Park requires a backcountry permit. Check out the latest fees and more details at nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/bcpermits.htm.

CONTACT: Denali National Park, (907) 683-2294; nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm.

-Mapped by Bill Velasquez

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