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Fox Creek – Denali Alaska
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Overview
Location

Just north of Denali National Park, Alaska

Sights

Fox Creek, waterfall

Distance

Less than a mile round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

1493 ft

Summit Elevation

1938 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

445 ft

Time Required

1+ hours

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring a bottle of water. You will be hiking all along Fox Creek.

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Hours

N/A

Sun Exposure

There are lots of trees to shield you from the sun.

Trail Condition

Trail is worn but you will be hiking mostly on broken shale and dirt.

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

N/A

Camping

Allowed

Food

Bring some snacks

Equipment

Good hiking shoes

GPS Coordinates

Trailhead: 63.779533°, -148.909463°
Fox Creek Waterfall: 63.781300°, -148.898304°

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Driving Directions

The Trail:

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.

Fox Creek Alaska

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.

Fox Creek Alaska

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.

Fox Creek Alaska

You can see my friend making her way across the creek.

Fox Creek Alaska

The canyon was steep on the sides and there was a ton of shale all over the place.

Fox Creek Alaska

Fox Creek Alaska

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.

Fox Creek Alaska

Fox Creek Alaska

Fox Creek Alaska

Hiking back down.

Fox Creek Alaska

Fox Creek Alaska

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Fox Creek Alaska

Another view of the water chute.

Fox Creek Alaska

The Return:

Head back towards your vehicle.

Personal Thoughts:

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.

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