Denali National Park and Preserve

Top Adventures in Denali National Park and Preserve

  • Camp at Wonder Lake

    Sitting at mile 85 of the 92 mile park road through Denali National Park, Wonder Lake Campground is an oasis in the wilderness. Wonder Lake is also the the closest you can get to Denali. (Note: You may see the big mountain called Mt. McKinley on ...

  • Hike the McKinley Bar Trail

    McKinley Bar Trail is a 5 mile roundtrip hike that is located 1/4 mile before Wonder Lake Campground. This hike is a great way to stretch your legs out after a long bus ride. This easy trail meanders through a spruce forest and past many small pon...

  • Backpack the Mt. Eielson Loop

    If you are looking for an overnight backpacking trip in Denali National Park with spectacular views of Denali, this is a great option. There is no trail and if you happen upon one, DO NOT follow it. The best part about Denali is that there are not...

    16 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Hike the Eielson Alpine Trail, Denali NP

    To get to this trailhead, you are going to have to take the Denali Park shuttle bus to the Eielson Visitor Center. The shuttle system is great, but it's also the only way you're going into the park in the summer months. Once you're on the bus, you...

    2 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike Byer's Lake Loop

    The Byers Lake Loop Trail begins in the Byers Lake Campground. If you're not planning on camping, you can park in the day use area (the first right hand turn, off of the campground entrance), pay the $5 fee, and walk towards the campground loops. ...

    5.2 miles 100 ft gain

  • Climb Divide Mountain

    The best time of year to do this is when the weather is cold and the river is low. I have had the best luck in late spring and early fall. If it's raining or really hot this hike won't be doable because the river will be impassable without a pack ...

    6 miles 2600 ft gain

  • Climb Sheep Ridge in Denali

    From the Toklat contact station walk east back across the bridge (crossing the river) and drop down onto the river bar heading north. Walk for about 75 yards north hugging the cliffs on the right. Eventually you will reach an area where the tundra...

    3 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Climb the Ridge Behind Toklat Road Camp in Denali

    From the Toklat Contact Station look due west and that is the mountain you are about to climb. Directly across the from the tent there is a drainage. Walk up the drainage hugging the right side until you are above the treeline (about 300-400ft). O...

    5 miles 2700 ft gain

  • Hike the Toklat East Branch Trail

    The Toklat East Branch Trail doesn't require any stream crossings, making it a preferable backpacking location. Wildlife such as grizzly bears, wolves, caribou, and sheep are often sighted. Be aware of the temperature drop and high winds at night ...

    9 miles 3200 ft gain

  • Backpack Kesugi Ridge

    Kesugi Ridge is a 27.4 mile point-to-point trail from Little Coal Creek to Byer's Lake in Alaska's Denali State Park. To get to the trailhead from Anchorage, take the Park's Highway north to the parking area at Little Coal Creek Trailhead at milep...

    27.4 miles 4650 ft gain