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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

Saw one mama moose and her two twin babies. Very easy and I took my time overall an hour long. The shuttle buses are on time :)

Amazing views of the big one. We did not have time to do the full ridge but we wanted a view of the mountain - and this delivered. Highly recommend!

I'd rate this as hard only because of length, takes a good chunk of time to get to the end, but the trail is well maintained and not too hard. Bring a little cash to get the shuttle back, or be prepared to hitchhike.

Nice little hike. Saw moose and her two baby calves.

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6 days ago

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7 days ago

Great little trail if you are short on time like us. Saw 5 beavers and heard a bull moose call.

Great trail! Straight up and straight back. Got to the top and lots of thunder. Scrambled down and went to the campgrounds at Byers Lake to get some shut eye.

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21 days ago

hiked from visitor's center to Denali lodge on a clear day. Breathtaking views. 9.5 miles not too difficult with nice switchbacks. Very well maintained.

A moderate trail. Some good sized up hills on the way back. Pretty view of some lakes. Pretty crowded place.

If you're looking for a trail that's less traveled at Denali take this one. It has great views as it rises in elevation. It's a good workout because the first part of the trail is all uphill if you start from the visitors center.

22 days ago