KESUGI RIDGE TRAVERSE (52KM +2100M)
Situated on Mile 164 of George Parks HW in Denali State Park, a trek that takes you above the tree line and affords great views of Denali Range.
The trek starts at little coal creek and ends at Byres Lake which has a state camp ground and transport from local rafting company situated in the carpark of campground.
Well marked trail thorought meant that we were able to sketch the top from the internet. Noting that in mid June the higher elevations had significant snow which made waterproof boots and gators a must. Also meant you had to be happy walking for fair distances without the trail being evident. Weather was generally good and we saw the impressive Denali a fair bit. There ridge drops into forested valleys and thus you will likely encounter black bears and other wildlife. Although there are steep sections few were able to cover reasonable ground each day (appxe 17 KM) which is a little less than we normally would with a pack , this is to to the above mentioned snow. Also be prepared for some wind on the ridge when camping. We took 3 days (2 nights) to complete the route with medium weight rucksacks (12 Kilos apps).
This was a really enjoyable hike and well deserves its place in the top ranked hikes of Alaska.