Denali Guidebook Summary Tables

Backpacks and Day Hikes

These summary tables are found in my Denali guidebook entitled: Denali National Park Alaska Guide to Hiking, Photography, and Camping, 4th Edition

Denali National Park Backpack Summary Table
Hkie # Name Road (mp) Length (mi) Length (km) Length (days) Climb (ft) Difficulty (hike) * Difficulty (route) * Permit Area Day Hike **
9 Sanctuary to Savage 23 15 24 3 1,100 M E 4,5 Yes
14 Teklanika to Sanctuary 38 35 56 5 2,300 D D 5,6 Yes
15 Calico Creek 38 9 14 3 -500 D M 6 Yes
19 Polychrome Basin 43 12 19 3 1,000 M E 8 Yes
27 Toklat East Branch 51 20 32 3 800 E E 9 Yes
28 Toklat to Polychrome 51 10 16 2 1,500 D M 8,9 Yes
30 Toklat to Stony 53 15 24 3 700 D D 32,33,& 39 Yes
32 Toklat to Eielson 53 20 32 3 2,400 D D 10,12 Yes
48 Around Mt. Eielson 68 14 22 2 1,600 D M 12,13 Yes
50 Anderson Pass 66 26 42 3 2,300 D M 13,18 Yes
53 Moose Creek 74 13 21 3 300 D M 35,41, & 42 Yes
62 McGonagall Pass 86 38 61 5 3,800 D M 20 Yes

Important:

See pages 41-43 for complete definitions for hiking times, hiking difficulty (Diff. hike), and route-finding difficulty (Diff.route).

* Key: E=Easy, M=Moderate, D=Difficult

Backcountry Units are cross-referenced with geographic areas on the inside back cover of book.

** The beginning or end of these trips could be shortened to a dayhike.

Denali National Park Dayhikes Summary Table
Hike # Name Road (mp) Length (mi) Length (km) Length (hours) Climb (ft) Difficulty (hike) * Difficulty (route) * Backpack **
1 Horseshoe Lake 1.2 3 4.8 2 250 E E --
2 Mount Healy Overlook 1.5 4.5 7.3 4.0 1,700 M E --
3 Triple Lakes 1.5 9.3 14.9 5.0 1,000 M E 1
4 Savage Riv. Viewpoint 12.8 7.0 11.2 8 1,600 M M 4
5 Savage Alpine Trail 12.8 4.0 6.4 3.0 1,300 M E 25
6 Savage Drainage Stroll 14.8 3.0 4.8 3.0 100 E E 4
7 Savage River Canyon 14.8 2.0 3.2 1.5 50 E E 25,26
8 Primrose Ridge 16.5 7.0 11.2 6.5 1,900 E E 26
10 Teklanika Campgound 29.0 .5-4 .8-6.4 1-4 100 E E --
11 Teklanika Foothills 30.3 4.0 6.4 4.5 1,200 M M 6
12 Igloo Mt. East 34.0 3.0 4.8 4 1,700 E M 29
13 Igloo Mt. West 36.0 3.0 4.8 5.0 1,500 M M 29
16 Cathedral Mountain 38.0 3.0 4.8 3-5 1,200 M M 6
17 Sable Pass Ridge 38.0 7.0 11.2 5-7 1,300 E E 6,7
18 Tattler Creek/Sable Mt. 38.0 5.0 8.0 6-8 2,500 M E 29
20 Polychrome Ridge #1 46.0 2.5 4.0 2.5 500 E E 31
21 Polychrome Ridge #2 46.0 4.5 7.2 5.0 600 M M 31
22 Polychrome Bluffs 47.5 4.0 6.4 3-4 200 M E 8
23 Polychrome Picnic 47.5 2.0 3.2 2.0 200 E E 8
24 Polychrome East #1 47.5 4.0 6.4 4.0 1,500 M M 31
25 Polychrome East #2 47.5 4.5 7.2 5.0 1,500 M E 31
26 Geode Mountain 47.5 6.5 10.4 7.0 1,700 E M 8
29 Around Divide Mt. 53.0 7.5 12 8.0 1,000 M E 9,10
31 Toklat Walk & Picnic 53.0 2.5 4.0 3.0 0 E E 10
33 Highway Pass Perch 57.0 2.5 4 2.5 700 E E --
34 Hill 5860 Traverse 59.0 5.0 8.0 6.0 2,000 M M 11
35 Highway Pass and Stony Creek Walks 58-62 .5-4 .8-6.4 1-4 varies E E 11,33
36 Hill 5014 Climb 60.0 5-6 8-10 5-6 1,400 M M 11
37 Stony Hill Ridge Walk 62.0 2.5 4.0 3.0 600 M E 33
38 Stony Hill Circumnav. 63.0 3.0 4.8 3.0 300 E E 33
39 Stony Dome 63.0 4.0 6.4 4.0 1,000 E E 11
40 Thorofare Pass Stroll 64.0 3.0 4.8 3.0 400 E E --
41 Gravel Mountain 64.0 5.0 8.0 6.0 2,000 M E 12
42 N. Gorge Creek Valley 64.0 4.0 6.4 4.5 700 E E 12
43 Hill 4851 64.0 5.0 8.0 5.5 1,000 M E 12
44 Thorofare Bench Walk 66.0 2.0 3.2 2.0 500 E E --
45 Eielson Area Walks 66.0 .5-3 .8-5 .5-4 varies E E 12,13
46 Thoro Ridge #1 66.0 4.5 7.2 5.0 1,100 M M 33,34
47 Thoro Ridge #2 67.7 5.0 8.0 5.0 800 M E 33,34
49 Grassy Pass-Eielson 66.0 5.0 8.0 5.0 700 M M 13,18
51 Around Mount Thero 68.5 6 9.6 7.0 1,100 M M 33,34
52 Mount Galen 68.5 6.6 10.6 6.5 1,800 M E 34
54 McKinley Bar Trail 86.0 7.0 11.0 6.0 50 E E 14
55 Tundra Ponds 86.0 4.0 6.4 4.0 50 E E 15
56 West View Stroll WL 4.0 6.4 3.0 300 M M 15
57 Wonder Lake Ridge 86.0 3.0 4.8 4.0 600 E M 15,43
58 Xerxes Ridge 86.0 6.0 9.6 6.5 800 E E 36
59 Reflection Pond 84.7 2.4 3.8 2.0 300 E E --
60 Blueberry Hill 85.5 4.0 6.4 2.0 300 E E --
61 Bound Point 88.0 3.5 5.6 4.0 800 M E 36

See pages 41-43 for complete definitions for hiking times, hiking difficulty (Diff. hike), and route-finding difficulty (Diff.route).

* Key: E=Easy, M=Moderate, D=Difficult

** Dayhike can be extended into a backpack; number indicates backcountry pemit unit. For day hikes and backpack trips in nearby Denali State Park, see table on page 247.

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