Savage River Loop Trail, Denali National Park and Preserve

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  • Did this hike with our kids. It was a nice short flat hike with amazing views. Bus stop is right there.  more »
  • This was a great hiking loop that you can make as short or as long as you want to. The scenery is beautiful, the river sounds so nice, and looking for wild life was fun. We didn't want to ride on the ...  more »
  • It's impossible to put a bad mark to the Denali park even if you had no luck! no automotive autonomy is possible. Everything passes by buses that offer 4 times, all on the same road, but more or less long: 6 H 30, 8 H, 11 H, 12 H. We choose one that lasts 11 hours with a start at 5:30 in the morning. By rolling the next day, we met with better how the deal comes along. When you arrive with his vehicle we leave the main road to reach the Wilderness access center. This is where we book excursions, camps, there is a shop and a restaurant. Nearby is the Backcounty information center. And a little further is the Riley Creek mercantile (where we could book in the evening). During these two days, we haven't stopped to confuse these 3 places which almost make us miss our bus (there are several that go in the day, but still). ALL the buses leave from the Wilderness access center. We party bus and very quickly to take photos, it is hell. The windows are very hard to get off and do half. To position the objectives, it's a hassle. More in the morning, the humidity of the night and the proximity of the mountains bring water that flows and trickles of the roof along the walls. Fortunately, with a bit of luck, it rises and dry to 8 hours. During stops there is not the slightest possibility of having a coffee! If you miss one in the morning, too bad! Also provide your lunch snack. Outside the wildlife that will be very difficult to see: goats are kilometers in height, tiny white dots that a young American showed us with an enthusiasm that was forcing the admiration! Fox and invisible Wolf, a lot of butts! Moose (one) of caribou (but who ended up doing the job anyway), bear and all very, very... too far. Short intense frustration on this side here, the landscapes are magnificent and the McKinley sometimes is scintillating. One of the great logic of Alaska will make you pick up Mount McKinley and mount Denali because you hear all the time talking about the two so that it is the same mountain! McKinley is its official name, Denali is the name given to it by the local. (as it is simple!)
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