Alaska State Trails Program

Trails in the Spotlight

K’esugi Ridge Trail System North in Denali State Park

Glacier Lake

K'esugi Ridge Trail offers popular multi-day backpacking trips in south-central Alaska. Hiking is through rolling alpine and subalpine terrain, with outstanding views of Denali and numerous small glacially scoured lakes. Lower elevations are forested. Most people hike from north to south because of less total elevation gain. Hikers can start from the Little Coal Creek Trailhead and finish at the Ermine Hill Trailhead, Byers Lake Campground, or Upper Troublesome Creek Trailhead. These are all one-way trips, so pickup or drop-off arrangements must be made prior to departure. Day-hikes to timberline are also popular.

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Recreational Trails Program upcoming deadlines:
Mandatory Public Notice September 15.
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