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Tundra Loop Trail

Intermediate

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0.4 mile 0.6 kilometer loop
89% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 62' 19 m
Descent: -69' -21 m
High: 3,731' 1,137 m
Low: 3,662' 1,116 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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A short, gravel trail surrounded by tundra and views.

Ike Waits

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The area, including the Eielson Visitor Center, is frequented by bears, be aware and make noise as you travel. If proceeding toward the river, pay special attention to the brush that may provide concealment.

When traveling by bus, plan to be back at the visitor center more than an hour before the last return bus is scheduled for the best chance of securing a spot. Buses arrive every 30 minutes.

Runner Notes

This route is short and often crowded, but it may offer a quick opportunity to stretch the legs.

Description

Enjoy following this easy gravel trail as it meanders around the Eielson Visitor Center. This is the perfect trail from which to enjoy the tundra and take in the views. Add the optional Tundra Spur for a bit more running and a different vantage point to enjoy the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Though short, this is a great way to stretch your legs and get familiar with the surrounding tundra ecosystem.

This content was contributed by author Ike Waits. For a comprehensive running guide to Denali National Park and to see more by Ike, click here.

Flora & Fauna

Caribou, grizzly bears, hoary marmots, golden eagles, and more may all be sighted in the area.

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A view from near Eielson Visitor Center, Denali National Park: Photo Credit: NPS Photo/Tim Rains.
Sep 7, 2016 near Healy, AK
Fall colors across the Tundra near Eielson Visitor Center. with permission from David Broome
Sep 7, 2016 near Healy, AK
Denali National Park. with permission from David Broome
Sep 13, 2016 near Healy, AK
Denali peeks out of the clouds.
Sep 15, 2016 near Healy, AK
Denali National Park.
Oct 22, 2015 near Healy, AK
A storm blowing into Denali NP.
Oct 22, 2015 near Healy, AK

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