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BackpackingGreat!MuddyScramble

We did this in early September and it was epic. Had a mix of experienced and inexperienced and it really pushed us to the edge. Unfortunately we had rain everyday. We did not see a single other person on the trail, 2 black bears in the distance, and a porkie pine. No views of Denali through the clouds. Absolutely insane being on a ridge line for the majority of the trip. it felt like you were on an alien planet practically. When you have to climb down into the forest and wade across the bog it really brought you back to reality. One thing we had to accept was that we were going to be completely soaked for three straight days. This trail has 15+ stream crossings and some require you to step in shin deep water. My boots were waterlogged half way through day 1 and there was no chance at keeping my feet dry, hell every thing I had was wet. My bag went from ~40lbs to ~65lbs in water weight. Ended up straining a tendon in my knee on the switchbacks on the way down because it was so heavy. Quite muddy in spots so we all took our share of tumbles. All in all I'd do it again in a heart beat. Just be prepared it's Alaska baby and you're out there. Anything can happen. You could be blessed with great weather or you could get put through the ringer like us but one way or another you gotta hike your butt out.

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Karolina Cholewa reviewed Kesugi Ridge (Curry Ridge) Trail
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Scenic drivingGreat!MuddyOver grownRocky

Finished the trail in 2.5 days over Labor Day weekend last month! We got lucky with the weather...the first 2 days were sunny and gorgeous. Clouds around Denali that eventually cleared and we got GREAT views of it! The last day was rainy and a bit chilly but the hiking kept us warm. The trail is easy to follow. Some parts were annoying (steep downhill among tree roots that gave me and my group blisters) and the ending was super muddy and lots of giant unavoidable puddles that went into out water resistance boots. Overall though, it’s a gorgeous backpacking trail! Saw 5 bears (all from a safe distance away)!!

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Katie Lothrop reviewed Kesugi Ridge (Curry Ridge) Trail
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BackpackingGreat!MuddyScramble

Alright I'm going to try to give as much detail as I can . my best friend and I hiked the whole Trail in 3 days, we parked at little coal creek trail head and did 8 miles the first day to the 8 Mile divide where there is a campsite. about 4 mi into that day we thought we already hit seven or eight miles and when we finally got enough service to check where we were on the GPS we figured out that we'd only hiked 4 MI in 6 hours, but we then sped up a little bit and were able to hike 4 MI in about 3 and 1/2 hours. we camped at the 8-mile divide with our bear can which we rented from REI in Anchorage, before driving up to the trailhead. on our first day the only bear we saw was about a mile away across a rock slide and to the other side of the ridge. when you hike up the first ridge you're going to get to a flat part and then hiked up again, and then you will eventually pass a rock slide and I think that's about 3 MI into the trail. the second day we woke up and it took us about an hour and a half to make breakfast and coffee and then to pack up all of our stuff and get ready to hike out. we spent the whole second day until like 7:00 p.m. hiking 9 mi to skinny Lake. we set up camp at skinny Lake and thought we heard a bear off in a distance which bear yelled three times and we yelled back to make ourselves known before we never heard it again or saw it. by this point my best friend who this was her first backpacking trip had blisters and her legs were pretty sore and her toes were really hurting from the wool socks and boots that she had bought before we started the trip. my best friend is five foot 6 in and I'm 5'8 and we ended up splitting the load where I carried at least 70% of the weight and she carried around 30%. this meant that I was carrying all of our food and bear can and gear (for anyone that's taking a novice at the trail). the last day was the toughest day because we could choose to camp anywhere along the trail, but we still had 12 miles left and my best friend decided to just go for it and see if we could finish it in one day period so we left camp from skinny lake at the marked campsite around 8:30 a.m. and we got off the trail around 7:00 p.m. my best friend hurt her knee along the way and so I ended up carrying her pack and my pack on the Cascades Trail for 2 miles before my left knee started hurting and I gave her pack back to her. by then we had finished most of the trail and we only had about a mile and a half out of the forest to the campsite. we met a hiker who was doing a day hike after Colleen ( best friend ) hurt her knee and I asked him if he would be willing to give us a ride back to our car when we got down the mountain. we forgot to ask him what his campsite number was so we wandered around the campsite until we found the car / van that he described to us and then we found him period he was super kind and he gave us a ride to our car at little coal Creek trailhead. for food, we packed oatmeal and dried fruit for breakfast, a ridiculous amount of Clif bars including builders Clif bars which kept me going and kept me energized throughout the trip it was the main source of our protein, we had peanut butter banana sandwiches that we made and just packed in a Ziploc bag ahead of time. and finally we packed cans of soup for dinner each night . if I had to do it all over again instead of the canned soup I would pack something that was like an add water meal like backpacking meals that you can buy at REI. it was seriously beautiful but you're never as far as you think you are until you're done with the trail ( our experience). we hiked this trail from September 21st through 23rd and it was super muddy so bring plenty of pairs of socks, it sprinkled rain but didn't rain on us thank God, and it was super windy at times. we packed enough gear to make sure that we would be able to hike through rain and we packed enough layers to survive wind chills. it was 50s and 60s degrees F during the day and 30s to 40s degree Fahrenheit during the night.

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Jeremy Brans reviewed Kesugi Ridge (Curry Ridge) Trail
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Hiking

A little flooded & muddy in a few spots but totally manageable. Great day hike to the mountain peak and turned back. Big black bear!!

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Collin Woods reviewed Kesugi Ridge (Curry Ridge) Trail
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HikingBugsGreat!Off trailOver grownRocky

Awesome trail very buggy steep awesome trails and views

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Hiking

Spectacular views! This was my first trail after arriving in Alaska, and it set the perfect tone for the rest of my hikes. Granted, I only hiked for the day but next time I’m planning 3 days and taking my time. I went in at 8am and came out at 6pm and enjoyed stunning vistas. I can only imagine how gorgeous the rest of the trail is! So, this gets a 10/10 and two thumbs up! A couple of suggestions: (1) Bring frogtogs and trekking poles for rain and comfort. I had to wear my frogtogs on the way down when the weather shifted, and the poles really helped on this varied terrain. 2) I know this a basic point but make sure you bring a pencil or pen with you to fill out the info on the park fee envelope. I forgot mine and I luckily ran into a hiker who let me borrow his.

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Charity Lovelace reviewed Kesugi Ridge (Curry Ridge) Trail
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Hiking

Great easy hike with fantastic views

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Abelardo Macias reviewed Kesugi Ridge (Curry Ridge) Trail
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Emilien Marchand reviewed Kesugi Ridge (Curry Ridge) Trail
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HikingBugsRocky

Definitely a must! I started 8/3 morning and finished 8/5 morning. I was told you could do it in 2.5 days and booked a flight over Denali on 8/3 afternoon so had no choice. But I’d recommend you take more time because I paid for it in the following days haha. Drop your car at Little Coal Creek (don’t forget to pay for parking) and you’ll hitchhike back from Buyers Camp Ground. My first day was grey and windy, which was ok, gave the first part of the hike which is rocky with dark mountains a great gloomy and mysterious vibe. I stopped after 13miles before coming down to The Ermin Hill path. Sweet spot with views on the range but didn’t see passed the first smaller mountains that time. Saw a bear ahead though in the eve. Second day, weather got better, blue sky and cloud and I could see a faded Denali which already looked amazing. Second part is a lot of forest and swamp. Stopped at mile 24 slightly before the final uphill, after the lake. Third morning was incredible. Woke up to the sun rising above the lake behind me and shining pink on a fully appearing Denali. Insane!!!! Worth all the pain in the legs. Did the final 6.5 miles in 4h and got picked up by a nice Alaskan. Do it !!! But check the weather to make sure you’ll get at least a good day seeing Denali. The plateau on the other side of the ridge is also beautiful. Enjoy!

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Grisha Ivanov reviewed Kesugi Ridge (Curry Ridge) Trail
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Rock climbingBugsGreat!MuddyOver grown

Did this guy on July-22-2020 in 2.5 days. Had 1.5 gorgeous days and 1.0 rainfall days which were both worth every second of physical lift! The gorgeous days did see a lot of mosquito bois trying to pick me apart but the rainy days were clear of any insects. This trail is not technically difficult what so ever. The difficulty comes in terms of the weather (particularly rain) which is something you must plan for if you want the best experience from this little excursion. If you're starting from the Little Coal Creek head then the halfway mark of this trail runs into a lot of overgrown vegetation. During rainfall these plants get drenched and because they outgrow into the trail about 80% of the time you're definitely in shrub; and of course their water becomes your water which soaks everything from the waist down regardless of waterproofing on pants. To avoid the discomfort of being drenched from this situation I suggest packing full body rain ponchos and/or leggings and foot wraps that are completely plastic. This will ensure you still have a fantastic time even when you get a little wet! 10/10 would recommend.

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HikingBugs

Did it from little Coal Creek to Bayers lake in three days (7/18-7/20). Giving it 5 stars because we got lucky and the weather cleared on the second day to have amazing views of Denali, which made the whole trek worth it. The other two days had very low visibility with cold rain and wind. The only tradeoff is that with good weather came awful mosquitoes. We had mosquitoe nets and it would have been tough without them. The trail was very easy to follow the entire way. Would not be a 5 star trail without the Denali views so it’s a bit of a gamble.

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Brian Watkins reviewed Kesugi Ridge (Curry Ridge) Trail
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Walking

Amazing trail with great views. Kind of crazy on the 4th weekend but worth It

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Charlene Johnson reviewed Kesugi Ridge (Curry Ridge) Trail
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