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Eldorado Creek Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Denali National Park, Alaska and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.5 mi Elevation gain 1,305 ft Route type Out & Back

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At the southwestern end of the Kantishna Hills, the rounded ridges of this unit are the last high ground before the expanse of lowland spruce forest that is common in the western portions of the park. The hillsides and stream bottoms that surround the open ridge tops are often covered with thick stands of alder and willow. The area has a significant gold mining history so old roads, equipment, trails and landscape disturbance are still visible.

Denali National Park PO Box 9 Denali Park, AK 99755 Phone: (907) 683-9532 General park information. The phone is answered 9 am - 4 pm daily, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. If you reach the voicemail, please leave a message with your number and we'll call you back as soon as we finish helping the visitor on the line ahead of you.

Outstanding views of Denali and the Alaska Range are possible from the ridge tops. Signs of human use, both modern and historic, are everywhere. Several private lodges lead guided hikes in the area so expect to see larger groups of visitors. Blueberries are abundant and tasty in the fall.

It is a 6 hour bus ride out to Kantishna and the end of the Park Road. To access most of this unit, you need to cross lower Moose Creek. One common crossing is near Eureka Creek, just past the Kantishna Roadhouse, which puts you onto the El Dorado Creek mining road on the west side. Do not cross private property, including the land owned by the lodges, without permission. A crossing of Moose Creek is not required to get into the southeast corner of the unit around Busia Mountain if you leave the road south of the bridge over Moose Creek.

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