Outbound Collective logo

The Best Backpacking in Denali National Park and Preserve

Looking for the best backpacking in Denali National Park and Preserve? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Denali National Park and Preserve. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Denali National Park and Preserve

  • Healy, Alaska

    Backpack the Mt. Eielson Loop

    16 mi / 2000 ft gain
    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 many trails and most of the park is designated wi...
    Read more
  • Healy, Alaska

    Hike the Toklat East Branch Trail

    9 mi / 3200 ft gain
    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 if you are camping. Make sure to secure a permit. 
    Read more
  • Trapper Creek, Alaska

    Backpack Kesugi Ridge

    4.7
    27.4 mi / 4650 ft gain
    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 milepost 163.9. The trail quickly climbs about 1,750 f...
    Read more