27. Curry and Kesugi Ridges, Denali State Park, Alaska (35 miles)Learn More
“A little-known classic in the often overlooked Denali State Park,” according to John Waterman. “This is a local’s route, and I’ve never seen it on any lists.” It’s also the best way to see Denali from afar. The trail, which starts in thick forest and emerges onto a tundra ridge, essentially runs along the side of Kesugi Mountain, with a constant sightline of the entire Alaska Range. “You never lose sight of Denali in the distance,” says Waterman. “And you’re all alone.” Done right, it’s a three-to-four day trip. Plan on seeing moose, grizzly and black bears, caribou, and possibly even wolves.
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