Are you looking for the ultimate Denali wilderness experience? Get a view of the Alaskan backcountry that few people do on a 4-day backpacking trip on Kesugi Ridge in Denali State Park. See wildlife, get magnificent views of Mt. McKinley, and experience the solitude that only a backpacking trip away from the crowds can provide.
The trail begins along Little Coal Creek and climbs out of the birch and spruce forest, above treeline and up to ever more spectacular views of some of Alaska’s most gorgeous scenery. You don’t need to be an experienced hiker, but you do need to be in a good shape, and ok with carrying a 35-pound backpack up moderate hills. You’ll carry that pack several miles each day, though you’ll also be dropping the pack from time to time and go exploring even further into the backcountry, on fun excursions to pick wild blueberries, take photos of Mt. McKinley, hike around cool alpine lakes, and check out secret spots your guides know about. Your guide—an experienced naturalist—will be cooking up great meals along the way, as well as filling you in with all the information you can handle about the landscape and wildlife.
About Alaska Nature Guides
These multi-day treks are the vision of Howard and Noelle Carbone, former Denali National Park rangers and lifelong adventurers. They made their permanent home in Talkeetna and started Alaska Nature Guides together to share the natural wonders and beauty of Alaska in a way that gives visitors a full and memorable experience. Their recipe for success is simple: find and train the very best guides, explore the most pristine and beautiful places in small groups, and travel by foot.
Denali State Park was their top choice for nature walks—a lesser-known park always listed as one of the top hiking destinations in Alaska. It features great views of Mt. McKinley, spectacular scenery, and great wildlife. Plus, it's much quieter than the national park, and much less crowded—and you don’t have to ride a bus all day to see the mountain.
In fact, it’s often just your group when you take a hike with Howard, Noelle, or one of their friendly, knowledgeable guides. They also pride themselves on using Leave No Trace practices outdoors, and all guides are trained in first aid and bear encounters. They have a perfect safety record and can teach you how to enjoy Alaska’s wilderness in safety and comfort. They have been recognized as leaders in responsible tourism, and were awarded Gold Level certification with the Adventure Green Alaska sustainable tourism program, the only Denali-area company to achieve this honor.