Denali National Park: Savage River Loop

On a tight travel schedule? Sample Denali on a rugged 3.8-mile loop to a rocky playground of Dall sheep and panoramas of North America's tallest peak.
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On a tight travel schedule? Sample Denali on a rugged 3.8-mile loop to a rocky playground of Dall sheep and panoramas of North America's tallest peak.

MORE PARK INFO: Denali National Park, (907) 683-2294; nps.gov/dena/.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.1

Waypoints

SVR001

Location: 63.739162, -149.291138

From parking lot, head N on main trail

SVR002

Location: 63.740803, -149.290985

Turn R onto unmaintained trail; begin steady climb, looking for grouse in surrounding brush

SVR003

Location: 63.740196, -149.288162

Hike past jagged rocks as views of Savage River Valley and Mt. McKinley emerge

SVR004

Location: 63.739376, -149.278748

Traverse granite rock outcroppings; keep a watchful eye (and ear) for rockslides

SVR005

Location: 63.743305, -149.268005

Hit saddle; watch arctic ground squirrels scurry across trail. Caution: Bears seek shelter here on windy days

SVR006

Location: 63.739887, -149.277802

Listen for marmots whistling across a valley with postcard views; veer R @ junction to continue loop

SVR007

Location: 63.742294, -149.289841

Descend ridge through low brush, follow trail to river

SVR008

Location: 63.751404, -149.291489

Turn L to hike alongside Savage River

SVR009

Location: 63.74926, -149.293869

Cross bridge, continue up hillside on rough trail

SVR010

Location: 63.748936, -149.291855

Snap photos of Dall sheep grazing on the hillsides

SVR011

Location: 63.742676, -149.29277

Pass riverside picnic area, a popular hangout for willow ptarmigan; continue on maintained trail to parking lot