Denali State Park

Denali State Park has superb vantage points for viewing the breathtaking heart of the Alaska Range, whether from the Parks Highway or along the open tundra of Kesugi Ridge, centerpiece of the park's hiking opportunities, where unencumbered views of the Denali massif are almost overwhelming in grandeur.

Quick Links: Park Highlights -- Tips for the Visitor -- State Park Links -- Other Resources

Park Highlights

  • Easy Access. The 325,240-acre park is divided roughly in half by the George Parks Highway, the major road line between Anchorage and Fairbanks, which offers exceptional views of Denali at miles 134.8, 147.1, 158.1, and 162.3.
  • Exceptional Hiking and Backpacking. Unusual for Alaska, the park offers more than 40 miles of established trails. Four different trailheads are located along the Parks Highway and provide access to the Kesugi Ridge Trail system, which runs for 36.2 miles along the length of its namesake ridge.
  • Public-use Cabins. Enjoy front-porch views of Denali. Three public-use cabins are available year-round for rent around Byers Lake; two are less than a mile from the parking area, one has drive-up access.

Tips for the Visitor

  • Byers Lake, located at mile 147, is the park's recreational centerpiece. It offers a 73-site drive-up campground, three public-use cabins, a canoe boat launch for paddling and fishing the lake, and access to hiking trails, including a loop around Byers Lake and access to the Cascade Trail, which leads up the spine of Kesugi Ridge.
  • Advisory from Alaska State Parks: Troublesome Creek Trail between the Upper Troublesome Creek Trailhead and alpine is closed until late 2009 due to severe flood damage. Several miles of the trail is completely washed out in the canyon area and is very difficult to traverse due to steep and brushy terrain. Use is not recommended until repairs are made.
  • Denali State Park operates a Visitor Contact station during summer at the Veterans Memorial at mile 147.1 of the Parks Highway.

State Park Links
Park home page
Park map
Trail map
Public cabins and park trails
Detailed cabin descriptions and availability

Other Resources
Browse books on Denali State Park
The Kesugi Ridge Trail is detailed in:
55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska
Hiking Alaska
Denali State Park is also featured in:
Alaska's Accessible Wilderness

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