Denali State Park is an integral part of one of North America's most spectacularly beautiful regions. The park's 325,240 acres, almost one-half the size of Rhode Island, provide the visitor with a great variety of recreational opportunities, ranging from roadside camping to wilderness exploration. The park is about 100 air miles north of Anchorage and is divided roughly in half by the George Parks Highway, the major road link between Anchorage and Fairbanks. Situated between the Talkeetna Mountains to the east and the Alaska Range to the west, the landscape varies from meandering lowland streams to alpine tundra. Dominating this diverse terrain are Curry and Kesugi Ridges, a 35 mile long north-south alpine ridge, the backbone of the eastern half of the park. Denali State Park was established in 1970 and expanded to its present size in 1976. Its western boundary is shared with its much larger neighbor, Denali National Park and Preserve, formerly Mt. McKinley National Park
Ok trail. VERY Accessible. Has boardwalks too to keep out of the marshy pond. Trail track listed here is misleading you can hike entire way around the lake. lots of beavers our working on their dams and there is actually a train crossing during the first 1/4 mile of the trail. Time if around 1630 to see the AKRR cut through.
Breathtaking picturesque views of the pond with the mountain backdrop. Go slow and take it all in... Nice boardwalk section, river section and tons of geologically interesting things to see if you take the full loop... Go see the beaver dam then take the rest of the trail.. Don't just turn around and go back up.
Absolutely breathtaking views while providing a good degree of difficulty. This trail is demanding with lots of elevation change and was tough on the knees. My group did this hike in about 2 1/2 days and it was amazing. We didn't see many people out there, but the view of Denali from the ridge was one of the best I've ever seen. Highly recommended and it's highly rated for a reason, but go prepared.
I loved this hike! We parked at the Visitor Center at Denali National Park and took the *free* Denali Park Village Shuttle (which runs every hour at the 30 minute mark) to the trail head off of Route 3. The trail takes you to three lakes and then up a bit before you bringing you back downhill to walk along the river. A nice trek across a small suspension bridge offers some bonus adventure points. The fastest 9.5 miles I've ever hiked as the scenery changes kept the walk interesting. A word of caution though: bring some bug spray.