The large number of hiking trails in Denali State Park cater to varying levels of fitness. The shortest is 1.5 miles long. However, most of the park's hikes require you to camp overnight on the trail. Be prepared to carry everything you need, as there are no facilities on the routes. Treat yourself to a night in Denali State Park cabins on your return.
This 27.5-mile trail gives hikers amazing views of Denali along most of the route. Most people take 4 days to complete this hike. Water is readily available, but you will need to carry a tent and food. Prepare for heavy fogs and cold weather.
A 5.3-mile day hike, Byers Lake is a moderate trail. Some of its more steep sections get very slippery after it rains. At the ridge, views of the Alaska Range delight. The trail crosses two bridges, and the waters under both teem with rainbow trout. Bring your fishing poles!
This 3.3-mile trail provides the fastest access to the Kesugi Ridge. Although very steep, this trail is right for you if you're short on time and still want to take in the views. Most people complete it in about 1.5 hours.
As this large park takes days to explore, staying in one of the Denali State Park hotels allows you to discover the park and surrounding area in comfort. Older kids love the variety of outdoor activities, though the park is not especially suited for young children due to lack of facilities.
A beloved activity in the park during license season, salmon fishing enjoys special popularity in the summer months.
Spend a day paddling on Byers Lake in Denali State Park. You will see epic views of the Alaska Range from the lake. Navigate the waters on your own, or take a guided trip with one of the many tour companies operating in the area.
Bears, caribou, foxes, and moose inhabit the park. Go for a short walk or head out on a scenic drive to spot the various fauna who call Denali home.