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Mount Thorofare Ridge Loop is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cantwell, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from June until November.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 1,666 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Off trail

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Getting There

Take the transit (green) bus to the Eielsen Visitor Center. Trail starts on the second drainage headed east along the road.

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Blair C.
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Instead of completing the whole loop, I went up the east part of the loop, across the ridge, and down the maintained trail right near the Eielsen Visitor’s Center. The east part of the loop isn’t really a trail at all...you’re just trying to eyeball it and choose the best way up the side of the mountain that won’t send you sliding/rolling back down it. It was a little dicey at some points and requires quite a bit of rock scrambling depending on your exact route, but the views from the top are worth it! It’s a nice getaway from the crowds too. *If you’re planning on doing this as a day hike but have all of your camping gear with you (as I did on the return trip from Wonder Lake), the visitor’s center has lockers for use, but you must bring your own lock!!!*

Carl Anderson
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Seriously awesome spot! This loop is not maintained as an official trail but the folks at Denali encourage off-trail explorations. We took the Alpine Trail from Eielson up the mountain then followed this route up the ridge (east) a little before coming back down and continuing to the west of the Alpine Trail using this Ridge Trail route to guide us. It was a blast doing a little scrambling across the scree and getting away from the masses for a bit.

Michele R
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Pat Hergott
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Matty Carbone
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