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    Ryan Shirts reviewed Kesugi Ridge (Curry Ridge) Trail

    4 months ago

    We hiked from north to south coming out at Byers Lake for 4 days & 3 nights. We didn't get a good view of Denali, but luckily we had seen it the day before from Denali Park.

    We began the trail at the Little Coal Creek trailhead. I was with my son's BSA High Adventure Crew from Federal Way, Wa. The hike up was a little steep, trail was in good condition. You walk over roots, rocks, mud and the trail is bushy till you get up above the tree line. We hiked in good weather 7 miles and setup camp on the tundra (following LNT). The trail on the ridge is very rocky.

    Day 2 we hiked 10 miles which was difficult with the very steep downhill and then a moderate, but long, uphill to get back on the ridge. We camped above Skinny Lake. There was a Black Bear in the area.

    Day 3 we did 7 miles and camped near Mini-skinny Lake on the tundra. Was a pretty hot day of hiking, not much air flow but very beautiful.

    Day 4 we woke up and hiked out to the Byers Lake trailhead. Was a great hike.

    Ryan Shirts saved Byers Lake Trail

    5 months ago

    Ryan Shirts reviewed Echo Lake via Greenwater Trail

    5 months ago

    We took a Boy Scout crew of five boys and four adults. Started out Saturday evening and hiked into Greenwater lakes and found a small campsite there. There is a toilet after you cross the river near the Greenwater Lakes camping area. Woke up Sunday morning hiked 5 miles up to Echo lake and set up camp near the the lake right after the horse camp. There is a toilet near there also. You could see several decent sized trout swimming near the shore. Other folks said fishing was really good. Sunday morning we hiked out the 7 miles to the trailhead. Trail is in really good shape with only a couple blow downs, but manageable. The first bridge you come to is a little bit off kilter but is still safe to cross. The place you cross the river near the Greenwater Lkes campground is out but people have made a fairly safe temporary structure to walk over with a rope attached to two trees. Not much elevation gain from the trailhead to Greenwater Lakes. You don't really have much elevation change until you start getting about 2 miles away from Echo Lake.