Just north of Denali National Park, Alaska
Fox Creek, waterfall
Less than a mile round trip
Bring a bottle of water. You will be hiking all along Fox Creek.
Spring, Summer, Fall
There are lots of trees to shield you from the sun.
Trail is worn but you will be hiking mostly on broken shale and dirt.
Bring some snacks
Good hiking shoes
Trailhead: 63.779533°, -148.909463°
Fox Creek Waterfall: 63.781300°, -148.898304°
You will see the trailhead for Fox Creek just on the east side of the bridge. There is a narrow canyon and you simply hike up. It was a fairly easy hike to traverse with minor rock scrambling in a few locations.
Just inside of Fox Creek you will see this water chute. I was tempted to try and slide down it but I was wearing my jeans and didn’t want to rip them.
Above the water chute you will see a steep area where you will need to hike across the creek to the other side then up to the top. This was probably the trickiest area as the rocks were slippery. Just take your time and you will get across it alright.
You can see my friend making her way across the creek.
The canyon was steep on the sides and there was a ton of shale all over the place.
Just a little farther and you will come to the waterfall. The waterfall is about 35 feet in length and in the warmer months it provided a nice cool mist. This is about as far as you can go unless you want to take a steeper way up above the waterfall – which I don’t recommend.
Hiking back down.
Another view of the water chute.
Head back towards your vehicle.
When I was working in Denali I had the opportunity to hike Fox Creek many times. It was a quick fun hike that is seldom visited and it was nice to do something that was different.