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 #NameRoad (mp)Length (mi)Length (km)Length (days)Climb (ft)Difficulty (hike) *Difficulty (route) *Permit AreaDay Hike **
9Sanctuary to Savage23152431,100ME4,5Yes
14Teklanika to Sanctuary38355652,300DD5,6Yes
15Calico Creek389143-500DM6Yes
19Polychrome Basin43121931,000ME8Yes
27Toklat East Branch5120323800EE9Yes
28Toklat to Polychrome51101621,500DM8,9Yes
30Toklat to Stony5315243700DD32,33,& 39Yes
32Toklat to Eielson53203232,400DD10,12Yes
48Around Mt. Eielson68142221,600DM12,13Yes
50Anderson Pass66264232,300DM13,18Yes
53Moose Creek7413213300DM35,41, & 42Yes
62McGonagall Pass86386153,800DM20Yes

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 #NameRoad (mp)Length (mi)Length (km)Length (hours)Climb (ft)Difficulty (hike) *Difficulty (route) *Backpack **
1Horseshoe Lake1.234.82250EE--
2Mount Healy Overlook1.54.57.34.01,700ME--
3Triple Lakes1.59.314.95.01,000ME1
4Savage Riv. Viewpoint12.87.011.281,600MM4
5Savage Alpine Trail12.84.06.43.01,300ME25
6Savage Drainage Stroll14.83.04.83.0100EE4
7Savage River Canyon14.82.03.21.550EE25,26
8Primrose Ridge16.57.011.26.51,900EE26
10Teklanika Campgound29.0.5-4.8-6.41-4100EE--
11Teklanika Foothills30.34.06.44.51,200MM6
12Igloo Mt. East34.03.04.841,700EM29
13Igloo Mt. West36.03.04.85.01,500MM29
16Cathedral Mountain38.03.04.83-51,200MM6
17Sable Pass Ridge38.07.011.25-71,300EE6,7
18Tattler Creek/Sable Mt.38.05.08.06-82,500ME29
20Polychrome Ridge #146.02.54.02.5500EE31
21Polychrome Ridge #246.04.57.25.0600MM31
22Polychrome Bluffs47.54.06.43-4200ME8
23Polychrome Picnic47.52.03.22.0200EE8
24Polychrome East #147.54.06.44.01,500MM31
25Polychrome East #247.54.57.25.01,500ME31
26Geode Mountain47.56.510.47.01,700EM8
29Around Divide Mt.53.07.5128.01,000ME9,10
31Toklat Walk & Picnic53.02.54.03.00EE10
33Highway Pass Perch57.02.542.5700EE--
34Hill 5860 Traverse59.05.08.06.02,000MM11
35Highway Pass and Stony Creek Walks58-62.5-4.8-6.41-4variesEE11,33
36Hill 5014 Climb60.05-68-105-61,400MM11
37Stony Hill Ridge Walk62.02.54.03.0600ME33
38Stony Hill Circumnav.63.03.04.83.0300EE33
39Stony Dome63.04.06.44.01,000EE11
40Thorofare Pass Stroll64.03.04.83.0400EE--
41Gravel Mountain64.05.08.06.02,000ME12
42N. Gorge Creek Valley64.04.06.44.5700EE12
43Hill 485164.05.08.05.51,000ME12
44Thorofare Bench Walk66.02.03.22.0500EE--
45Eielson Area Walks66.0.5-3.8-5.5-4variesEE12,13
46Thoro Ridge #166.04.57.25.01,100MM33,34
47Thoro Ridge #267.75.08.05.0800ME33,34
49Grassy Pass-Eielson66.05.08.05.0700MM13,18
51Around Mount Thero68.569.67.01,100MM33,34
52Mount Galen68.56.610.66.51,800ME34
54McKinley Bar Trail86.07.011.06.050EE14
55Tundra Ponds86.04.06.44.050EE15
56West View StrollWL4.06.43.0300MM15
57Wonder Lake Ridge86.03.04.84.0600EM15,43
58Xerxes Ridge86.06.09.66.5800EE36
59Reflection Pond84.72.43.82.0300EE--
60Blueberry Hill85.54.06.42.0300EE--
61Bound Point88.03.55.64.0800ME36

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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