Free personal GPS–driven travel guide to Alaska. Ben Marvin, 5:20:15; 7. There is also the Curry Ridge Trail, which is two miles long and has several switchbacks, leading hikers to Lake 1787 (named for its elevation). The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Allowable Uses: Hiking Distance: 10.8 miles Elevation Gain: 900 ft. (north to south) Difficulty: Moderate Ermine Hill Trail: Allowable Uses: Hiking Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1300 feet Difficulty: Moderate Connecting the Trails: 17.8 mile traverse from Little Coal Creek Trailhead to Ermine Hill Trail-head. 29 miles (as described); options exist for trips of 15.3 to 37 miles. For 2020 the refund policy has been modified. Kristen Hansen, 8:29:34; 20. If you're lucky and get a clear day, you can see Mount McKinley (Denali) without the hassle of Denali National Park's bus sys Galen Hecht, 5:44:01; 11. T2 Mountain Hiking . Keep driving for another 15 miles and you’ll find a parking lot on the right-hand side of the highway called Little Coal … The highway will bend west / northwest toward Wasilla. On a clear day, Little Coal Creek Trail takes you to amazing views of Denali (Mt. Trail description: With spectacular views of Denali and the Alaska Range, Kesugi Ridge is considered one of the best hikes in all Alaska. Highlights plus less visited destinations. Denali State Park rangers (907-745-3975) may also be a source of information. The traverse of K’esugi Ridge from the Little Coal Creek trailhead is as much as 37 miles to the Upper Troublesome Creek … Kimberly Riggs, 7:35:51; 15. At the Little Coal Creek end of the ridge, the route crosses short boulder fields that require walking across uneven boulders that may be slippery … Crow Pass Trail in Eagle River is an excellent hike just outside of Anchorage. Participants for the Half Traverse must have completed 15 miles of one of the above trails since 2017, or 15 miles of a comparable race, at a pace within the Kesugi race cutoff pace of 16 minutes per mile. It is approximately 14.2 miles. A 15-mile training run on the Turnagain Arm Trail (roundtrip between Potter and Rainbow trailheads) in 3:45 or faster has been added as an acceptable qualifier. I chickened out, and the mountain rewarded me, but it also stole my camera. Please respect closures and always be bear aware while traveling Denali’s trails. Be pre- pared with proper clothing and navigation tools in case low clouds move in. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (Mile 133). Traditionally the area was used as caribou hunting grounds. From the saddle, the trail very briefly climbs before descending again and crossing a broad, low valley. The highlight of this trail system is the fantastic view of Denali and the Alaska Range the hiker gets on a clear day from the alpine areas of Kesugi Ridge. To get to the trailhead from Anchorage, take the Park's Highway north to the parking area at Little Coal Creek Trailhead at milepost 163.9. Benjamin Matheson, 7:14:36; 26. The course ends in the Byers Lake Campground (elevation 800 feet) with food, drinks and awards. Views of the Alaska Range and Denali are spectacular from many points along the trail. It takes about 2 hours on aver­age to get above treeline. But doing so will result in a DNF. About. Kesugi Ridge, Alaska. Its about a 12 miler or something to the ermine lake intersection. Published: January 1st 2017. The trip outlined here starts at the northernmost trailhead, Little Coal Creek, and ends at the Byers Lake Campground and trailhead. Photo Notes: These photos are from a July 4th trip to Kesugi Ridge with Yvonne, Isabelle, Bryn, Louis and Aven.We camped for two nights and endured temperatures in the 80s. On a clear day, Little Coal Creek Trail takes you to amazing views of Denali (Mt. Cody Priest, 4:43:32; 4. Jan Tomsen, 6:25:12; 9. Where to Start and End. Kesugi Ridge is a 27.4 mile point-to-point trail from Little Coal Creek to Byer's Lake in Alaska's Denali State Park. After their race, Half Traverse participants take the Ermine Hill Trail 3.5 miles back to the Parks Highway at their leisure. Ben Muse, 6:33:08; 21. If you came for the views, this is the section of trail to skip. Tara Schmidt, 6:52:40; 12. The point-to-point Kesugi Full Traverse starts at Little Coal Creek Trailhead and finishes at Byers Lake Campground. Christopher Larrick, 9:09:58; 37. Byers Lake Campground was closed in 2019 due to spruce bark beetle kill and reopened on June 26, 2020. Facebook. Because of the intense sun and high temps we had to be off the trail and inside a tent by 3pm for both the sake of the babies and for Bryn who, having grown up in Southeast Alaska, never got used to sun. Racers who anticipate wanting to stop at Ermine Hill Checkpoint should sign up for the Half Traverse. Easy/Intermediate. Make noise and carry bear deterrents, as black and brown bears live here. If you wish to stay at the main Byers Lake Campground (fees apply), plan to arrive early because it typically fills to capacity on race weekend. While there are many hiking trails in Alaska, Kesugi Ridge offers views and unique geological features. It took 3-4 years to put in the basic trail. Discover the optimal month due to daylight, temperature, and rain. To receive an official finish, Half Traverse racers must arrive within 4 hours, 5 minutes. The Half Traverse costs the same because it requires just as much organization, if not more, than the Full Traverse does. Bear habitat. A face covering is not required during the race but participants should have one accessible. Men will start first because they are slightly faster so there will be less passing than if the women went first. We have a group area at Byers Headquarters for Friday and Saturday nights of race weekend. The Curry Ridge Trail began construction in 2016 as part of the first phase of the South Denali Project. Briana Sullivan, 6:01:11; 6. The Kesugi Ridge Trail, an easy-to-navigate route just outside Denali National Park, no reservations or bushwhacking required. Racers are asked not to arrive more than 40 minutes before their start. Starting at an elevation of 1,400 feet, the trail climbs steadily in the opening four miles to an alpine ridge with a high point of 3,500 feet. Press alt + / to open this menu. Entry fees still apply and AUTO-ENTRANTS MUST STILL REGISTER during the week-long registration period (those with free entry will be emailed). "Kesugi" is a Tanaina word which translates as "The Ancient One". The Kesugi Ridge Trail is a 36.2 mile hiking trail located in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough of Alaska. More down hill than uphill coming from byers intersection to troublesome trailhead. K’esugi Mountain (R). ★ Kesugi Ridge Trail. The trail starts from the Little Coal Creek Parking lot, and slowly heads uphill out of the surrounding forest. These are all one-way trips, so pick-up or drop-off arrangements must be made prior to departure. Kesugi ridge trail is a through hike in Denali national Park, Alaska, USA. Lottery winners and the full roster will be announced on Tuesday, June 30. Aaron Christie, 8:13:13; 34. Weather on K’esugi Ridge can change fast. You can stop halfway, and that may be a prudent decision if you are in danger of missing the final cutoff or are injured. Low clouds and rain can obscure the views. The Half Traverse was canceled to simplify the race plan during the pandemic and because parking at Ermine Hill is extremely limited and official race shuttles would not have been possible. Le Kesugi Ridge Trail, un itinéraire facile à naviguer juste à l'extérieur du parc national de Denali. There will also be prizes for the top performers as well as some randomly awarded prizes. Stops include Seward (Kenai Fjords), Girdwood, Whittier & Spencer Glacier, Stops include Wasilla, Talkeetna, Denali National Park & Fairbanks. Description: Come join us for a 27 mile traverse of Kesugi Ridge in Denali State Park, from Little Coal Creek to Byers Lake.Located in Denali State Park, the Kesugi Ridge Traverse point-to-point course starts at the Little Coal Creek Trailhead (Parks Highway Mile 163.9) and finishes 30 miles later at Byers Lake Campground (Mile 147). Christy Marvin set the women’s record of 5:27:36 in 2018 en route to finishing 2nd overall. Footing and route-finding is occasionally difficult on the Troublesome Creek Trail due to creek bank erosion. There will be mandatory pre-race meetings shortly before each of the two wave starts. Course conditions vary year-to-year. Patterson, a 2018 Olympic cross-country skier, ventured to Denali State Park for Saturday’s Kesugi Ridge Traverse trail run and shattered his own record in the rugged 30-mile race. Reviews. T2 Mountain Hiking . Adrian Barniak, 6:46:58; 22. The Full Traverse is capped at 85 entrants; no Half Traverse will be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of four trails that lead to Kesu­gi Ridge. Galen Dossin, 5:52:10; 13. By having two mass starts separated by gender (instead of mixed-gender Waves 1 and 2), each gender can race head-to-head. You'll see a lake to the northwest of the main trail; look to the west of this lake for the trail to Ermine Hill. Patterson, a 28-year-old Olympic skier from Anchorage, completed the rugged 30-mile course from Little Coal Creek to Byers Lake in Denali State Park in 4 hours, 19 minutes and 39 seconds. The trail is ADA compliant and is perfect for visitors of all ages and abilities. The beginning of the trail is steep but starting at Little Coal Creek Trailhead shaves off some of the elevation. Trail Map . Visit Anchorage PR | Flickr. A fancier option is Mt. This is the south­ern­most trail that leads to Kesu­gi Ridge. Participants for each race must wear or carry the following gear: Windbreaker, long-sleeved shirt, pants or tights, winter hat, gloves, sustenance and water bottle (or hydration device), and race bib. Photo looks W. Glancing back at Pass 3500 (L). Kesugi Ridge, Difficulty Rating. The Kesugi Ridge Trail, an easy-to-navigate route just outside Denali National Park, no reservations or bushwhacking required. It also gives you those views in the shortest amount of time, about 1.5 hours, of any of the access trails to Kesugi Ridge. Headphones are discouraged. It means the Ancient One in Dena’ina. Travel on a set itinerary with lodging and tours booked in advance. Knowledge of the trail is vital. North­ern­most trail that pro­vides access to Kesu­gi Ridge. The Curry Ridge Trail is an out and back trail with slow but steady elevation gain to an incredible plateau with views of Denali and the Alaska range. The Curry Ridge Trail began construction in 2016 as part of the first phase of the South Denali Project. Mariah Graham, 5:56:44; 4. Full Traverse racers must reach the Ermine Hill Checkpoint within 4 hours, 5 minutes. If you're leaving the trail at the Byers Creek Campground and trailhead, as recommended here, this is your turnoff. Hiking the Curry Ridge Trail. Those uncertain about whether they are qualified should consult with race director Matias Saari. Lower Troublesome Creek (Mile 137.2) has some first-come, first-serve campsites. It gently climbs 1100 feet up to the lower bench of Curry Ridge and provides access to the rolling tundra terrain of the Lake 1787 area. The race director will pass on reports of trail conditions as they come in. While there are many Hiking trails in Alaska, Kesugi ridge views and unique geological features. About See All. 704 check-ins . Kesugi Ridge, a 35 mile-long north/south alpine ridge, borders the Parks Highway. We wanted to get the full Kesugi ridge experience, so we didn’t think of taking the cutoff at the time; but, if I were to do it again, I would hike past where the two trails intersect, check out the rock formations, backtrack to the Ermine Hill trail and finish the hike. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the race director. Carpooling or getting dropped off is required due to limited parking. On a clear day Kesugi Ridge hikers have an unencumbered view of Mt McKinley and the Alaska Range to the west. This trail is the northernmost trail that provides access to Kesugi Ridge. A shuttle will return runners to Byers Lake Campground. Jacob Kirk, 5:28:22; 10. Trail Type . The ridge trail is 27.5 miles from end to end from Coal Creek to Byers Lake and can be made in a multi-day backcountry camping trek or broken up into longer day hikes. Participants can socialize and camp at a scaled-down finish but it won’t be the party, awards ceremony and barbecue of years past. The Kesugi Ridge Traverse & Half Traverse is a USATF sanctioned event. When the weather is right, visitors can see Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. Participants must be at least 18 years old on race day. Soren Wuerth, 6:14:09; 17. Miles Raney, 5:25:03; 8. During periods of clear weather, this route through Denali State Park offers similar terrain and scenery to Denali National Park - including unparalleled views of Denali (formerly Mt. 137 likes. Starting at an elevation of 1,400 feet, the trail climbs steadily in the opening four miles to an alpine ridge with a high point of 3,500 feet. Trips available from Whittier, Homer, Seward, Juneau, and Sitka. There was a problem with your submission. The trail varies from lowland birch, spruce and cottonwood along Troublesome Creek to alpine tundra on Kesugi Ridge. McKin­ley). Mark Martin, 7:32:16; 31. If you're doing K'esugi Ridge for the unbeatable views of Denali, make sure to check the weather. The Kesugi Ridge Half Traverse (about 14.2 miles) ends a short distance uphill from this junction at a rock formation called “The Doors.” After their race, Half Traverse participants take the Ermine Hill Trail 3.5 miles back to the Parks Highway at their leisure. 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