Kesugi Ridge (Curry Ridge) Trail is a 29.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Talkeetna, AK that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The Kesugi Ridge Trail, an easy-to-navigate route just outside Denali National Park. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful trails in America. Incredible views of the Alaska Range (Denali) and Talkeetna Range.
Hiked north Kesugi ridge line with my 11yr old daughter July 16th. It was sunny and hot. Can't say enough about the trail or hike.
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.
Numerous travel magazines rate this trail as one of the best in the world, and the hype is easily justified. This is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Instead of competing to secure a permit at Denali National Park, my friend and I decided to check out Denali STATE Park and we were not disappointed. You have the incredible view of the Denali / Alaskan Range throughout the trail, and the vast expansiveness of Talkeetna Range on the otherside off of the Kesugi is awe-inspiring also.
Kesugi Ridge Trails starts from Little Coal Creek Trailhead at Mile 163.9 on Parks Highway and ends at Byers Lake for the total of 27.4 miles. The trail extends further down to Troublesome Creek, but as of July 2013, that section was closed from heavy flooding damages. You can complete the trail is as little as 2 days, but I suggest you take at least 4 days in order to truly appreciate the sights. Enjoy the blueberries but watch out for bears. Had numerous sightings, and on one close call. A bear spray is an absolute-must for this hike and it is sold in practically any and every Alaskan store.
Amazing views. Obviously the hike of a lifetime. Our group did not complete the whole 37 miles but did a large portion of it in 4 days. Only 30% of people who travel to Alaska ever get to see Mt. McKinley or Mt. Denali as the Alaskans call it. Rated in the top trails by Backpacker Magazine.