Kesugi Ridge

Trapper Creek, Alaska

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A trail with a wide variety of choices for overnight treks traveling along a ridge, with some of the best views of Denali and the Alaska Range in the state. Kesugi Ridge, a long alpine ridge across the Chulitna River basin from the Alaska Range and Denali, is a fine 2-to-4-day backpack. It can be done in two days, but plan on three or four or even more to make the most of the trip. It’s a glorious 20-plus miles of alpine hiking in “real Sound of Music country,” as one of the park bulletin boards used to say.

Kesugi Ridge Professional Review and Guide

"A trail with a wide variety of choices for overnight treks traveling along a ridge, with some of the best views of Denali and the Alaska Range in the state. Kesugi Ridge, a long alpine ridge across the Chulitna River basin from the Alaska Range and Denali, is a fine 2-to-4-day backpack.

It can be done in two days, but plan on three or four or even more to make the most of the trip. It’s a glorious 20-plus miles of alpine hiking in “real Sound of Music country,” as one of the park bulletin boards used to say."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Trapper Creek
Distance: 27.5
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Best late June through mid-September
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Alaska State Parks, Mat-Su/Copper Basin Area, Finger Lake, Mile 0.7 Bogard Road, 7278 East Bogard Rd., Wasilla, AK 99654; (907) 745-3975; dnr.alaska.gov/parks/
Local Maps: USGS Talkeetna Mountains D-6 and C-6 and Talkeetna C-1 (trail not shown); Alaska Natural History Association Denali State Park Map and Guide. Bring the USGS maps and copy the route from maps posted in the park
Driving Directions: Directions to Kesugi Ridge

Recent Trail Reviews

7/19/2011
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I did this trail with a group and it was specctacular! We did it over 5 days which was perfect. It is possible to do it in less time, but i think 5 days is perfect. The trail was steep and strenuous at times, The scenery was unbelievable, and the weather was great, I highly recommend it!


4/5/2007
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it was a great hike, can be strenuous though. the trail gets rather steep in areas, at one point it was around a 60 degree incline up a hill. i was climbing and scrambling up, holding onto whatever i could grab! there's fantastic views and getting about treeline is very rewarding. rain is common.


7/10/2000
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Great trail!!! I loved it . . . rained solid 3 of the four days we were there, but thats just alaska . . . Alpine meadows were amazing! didn't know anything like that existed on earth. on day 4, high up on the ridge, the clouds parted and Denali apeared like a giant cloud... sat for hours watching the sun set (dip rather its the summer in alaska) behind denali while lounging an a verdant alpine meadow... like a dream...



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May 2018