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#2 of 9 state parks in Alaska

Best trails in Denali State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Denali State Park, Alaska? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Denali State Park ranging from 7.7 to 13.5 km and from 238 to 973 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

This incredible park is a nature lover's dream; at 325,000 acres, you'll find miles of trails, campsites, lakes, endless forests, and fun for the whole family. The park is about a 2.5 hour drive from Anchorage on the George Parks Highway, which actually cuts right through the park. Located between the Talkeetna Mountains and the Alaska Range, you'll find a variety of landscapes here. You can hike through meandering lowland streams, and up to alpine ridges. The western boundary of the park borders the even larger Denali National Park.

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Map of trails in Denali State Park
Park information
Area:
131620 hectares
Contact
907-745-3975
Helpful links
Top trails (7)
#1 - Kesugi Ridge (Curry Ridge) Trail
Denali State Park
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Length: 47.0 km • Est. Multi-day
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 (DenalShow more
#2 - Curry Ridge Trail
Denali State Park
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Length: 10.5 km • Est. 3 h 18 m
Curry Ridge Trail is a 10.5 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Talkeetna, Alaska that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used Show more
#3 - Little Coal Creek Trail
Denali State Park
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Length: 10.0 km • Est. 3 h 47 m
Little Coal Creek Trail is a 10.0 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Trapper Creek, Alaska that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primaShow more
#4 - Ermine Hill Trail
Denali State Park
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Length: 11.1 km • Est. 3 h 54 m
Ermine Hill Trail is a 11.1 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Denali National Park, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a Show more
#5 - Byers Lake Trail
Denali State Park
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Length: 7.7 km • Est. 2 h 12 m
NOTE: The Byers Lake Campground area was closed for two years due to spruce bark beetles killing many trees, making the area unsafe. As of July 2020, the trail has reopened, but there are still many dShow more
#6 - Cascade Lake Trail
Denali State Park
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Length: 13.5 km • Est. 4 h 38 m
Cascade Lake Trail is a 13.5 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Talkeetna, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optiShow more
#7 - Mount McKinley Viewpoint
Denali State Park
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Length: 0.8 km • Est. 15 m
Mount McKinley Viewpoint is a 0.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trapper Creek, Alaska that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily usedShow more