Denali State Park Things to Do

  • Views of Alaska Mountains
    Views of Alaska Mountains
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    Hiking up the Coal Creek Trail
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    Denali Viewpoint South

    by mrclay2000 Written Oct 1, 2003

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    Denali as seen from Denali Viewpoint South

    Of the tens of thousands of places throughout Alaska from which Denali (Mt McKinley) is visible, the most celebrated and most published is probably that from Denali Viewpoint South. Visitors to the national park will stop at this prospect by the hundred without realizing they are seeing the great peak from within the confines of Denali State Park. The somewhat subdued coloration of Ruth Glacier at the foot of the range disguises its enormous dimensions, but one glimpse instantly reveals the thickness of the interior forests.

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    A River Runs Through It

    by mrclay2000 Updated Oct 7, 2003

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    the Chulitna River and Denali (Viewpoint South)

    Though not as long nor as monstrous as the nearby Susitna River (into which it flows near Talkeetna), the Chulitna River is more dramatic and more photogenic than any of the braided rivers throughout nearby Denali National Park. Unless you are hiking on its banks and high up the distant Kesugi or Curry Ridges, the low elevation of the river and the jealous guardianship of the spruce will seldom afford you an overal view. Nonetheless, the addition of this mighty river to the majestic mountain and the carpeting forests merely makes these images of Alaska so justly famous.

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    Denali Viewpoint North

    by mrclay2000 Written Oct 1, 2003

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    Denali as seen from Denali Viewpoint North

    On clear days, Denali Viewpoint North gives a much different perspective of the highest point in North America. Viewed from a more westward-looking angle than that afforded by Viewpoint South, the great peak is less imposing, surrounded as it is by the remaining range (and much more conspicuous from this perspective). Denali becomes less isolated, and thus seems only the highest point in a great parade of high points.

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    The Alaska Range

    by mrclay2000 Written Oct 1, 2003

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    Alaska Range from Denali Viewpoint South

    On a clear day, most of the Alaska Range can be seen from the elevated nature of the George Parks Highway at Denali Viewpoint South. There are dozens of parking spaces for the largest RVs and a marquee and observation point with telescopic tubes aimed at the summit. From this exact spot, the visitor is only 630 miles from the Asian mainland.

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    Virgin Forests

    by mrclay2000 Written Oct 1, 2003

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    spruce forests dominate most of the park

    Away from the numerous cottonwoods farther south, Alaska's interior and Denali State Park especially is glutted with towering white spruce. Depending on the viewpoint, the forests seem to have the entire park for their stronghold, but closer to the foot of the Alaska Range the glaciers make room for no vegetation. On the other hand, the mighty rivers of the park (the Chulitna, Tokositna and Susitna) are wrapped by legions of spruce.

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    Look in any direction for a must see activity here

    by Kentbein Written Apr 20, 2004

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    Denali National Park

    There's no problem whatsoever finding incredible sights and scenes in Alaska. It's impossible not to see something utterly fantastic and other worldly. It's a breathtaking world in Alaska. It's a wonderful world.

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    Along the way to Denali

    by Kentbein Written Apr 20, 2004

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    Denali Plain

    I approached Denali from the north, coming from Fairbanks. It's a beautiful little drive along the foothills of the surrounding mountains, taking a little over an hour or so to drive. There's very little traffic, so ease back and enjoy yourself while driving through nature's finest creation.

    There's a large plain laying directly between Fairbanks and Denali. The foothills curve northwestward around this plain, with the road nestled in the rocks of these hills. There is no permanent foundation for roadwork under the plain, which shifts and heaves with icing of the seasons. The more solid foundation is there along the foothills, providing wonderful scenery to entertain you on your way.

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    Tip of the Iceberg

    by Kentbein Written Apr 20, 2004

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    The Denali Mountains

    This is only a taste of what is available in this remarkable part of the world. Alaska is the most outstanding place I've ever been, and the Denali Park is truly one of her finest examples. I can't wait to return.

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    Experience Alaska - Take a Hike

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 17, 2014
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    Denali State Park is a 325,240-acre state park in the U.S. state of Alaska.
    A hike allows you to really enjoy the Alaskan landscape. The Denali Wilderness Hike touts: “Explore Alaska’s spectacular wilderness on an exhilarating trek with an experienced naturalist guide”.The hike down is fun, slippery and challenging. Back at the van, everyone strips off the extra gear. It’s been a full day and we hiked over 7 miles with an elevation change of about 1,000 feet. The entire day was overcast but our rain gear kept us dry. Our hike was on the Little Coal Creek Trail. Booking with the guide was a must! He shared a wealth of information about the topography, the animals, the trees and foliage. Plus a great lunch at the top. We are SO glad we signed up for this hike. In Alaska you do things rain or shine. Take a hike you will be glad you did!

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    Alaska Nature Guides

    by charlenemixa Updated Jun 17, 2014
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    We highly recommend the Alaska Nature Guides. Howard, our guide was fantastic on our Denali Wilderness Hike on Coal Creek Trail. A fantastic way to discover amazing Alaska. Our hike had an elevation gain of 1,000 feet and we covered 7 miles. The elevation gain was gentle but got us some spectacular views above tree line. The gear that was provided was top notch! Despite a rainy day we stay warm in dry in our rain gear. At first I was hesitant about a hike in the overcast skies but it was still terrific. We highly recommend anyone visiting the area to get with Alaska Nature Guides to schedule a hike with them. You will be SO glad you did. It should be a bucket list "to do". A "Hidden Gem" for us to take this exhilarating trek into the heart of Denali State Park. We saw lush vegetation along forested trails and Howard gave us a plethora of information about the local history and wildlife of the area. . Plus we enjoyed a picnic snack while scanning the mountainside and valleys.
    Alaska Nature Guides has other options for hikes and walks in Talkeetna and Denali State Park. Hikes can be booked at Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge or directly at:

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    More Rivers in Denali

    by Kentbein Written Apr 20, 2004

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    Spring thaw in Denali

    Spring is a time for thawing out in Alaska. Be prepared for lots and lots of water. Also, be prepared for the most beautiful sights you will ever see.

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