It gently climbs 1100 feet up to the lower bench of Curry Ridge and provides access to the rolling tundra terrain of the Lake 1787 area. Reviews. Photo looks WSW. T2 Mountain Hiking . Accessibility Help. A shuttle will return runners to Byers Lake Campground. Little Coal Creek trailhead is located at milepost 163.9 on the Parks Highway/AK-3. Kesugi If you want to get into the alpine quick go up on the Little Coal Creek trail and hike south down the ridge towards ermine lake trail. Galen Hecht, 5:44:01; 11. 29 miles (as described); options exist for trips of 15.3 to 37 miles. Racers must stay on trail and not travel overland or cut switchbacks. The COVID-19 pandemic mitigation plan will be shared once it is developed. The highlight of this trail system is the fantastic view of Denali and the Alaska Range the hiker gets on a clear day from the alpine areas of Kesugi Ridge. If you wish to stay at the main Byers Lake Campground (fees apply), plan to arrive early because it typically fills to capacity on race weekend. Kesugi Ridge (Curry Ridge) Trail is a 29.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Trapper Creek, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Which isn’t to say any hike in Alaska is “easy.” On the first day of our 29-mile trek, rain sheeted down for hours. This is not a race for beginners. To get to the trailhead from Anchorage, take the Park's Highway north to the parking area at Little Coal Creek Trailhead at milepost 163.9. Probably. The trail starts from the Little Coal Creek Parking lot, and slowly heads uphill out of the surrounding forest. However, those training on the course should expect sections of snow until at least mid-June. Patterson, a 28-year-old Olympic skier from Anchorage, completed the rugged 30-mile course from Little Coal Creek to Byers Lake in Denali State Park in 4 hours, 19 minutes and 39 seconds. Its about a 12 miler or something to the ermine lake intersection. Course conditions vary year-to-year. It also gives you those views in the shortest amount of time, about 1.5 hours, of any of the access trails to Kesugi Ridge. Book entire boat for your family or group, or opt to bunk with other guests. Male winning result was 4:19:39 and the female winning result was 5:37:06. Bears and moose have been observed during the race. We have a group area at Byers Headquarters for Friday and Saturday nights of race weekend. Alaska Railroad: Adventure Class or Goldstar Dome Car Service? The 2020 Kesugi Ridge Traverse Trail Run 30 Miles had 56 total finishers. The gain is made a bit easier through plenty of switchbacks. During our week long trip to Alaska, I was most excited for the Kesugi Ridge Trail in Denali State Park. There will also be prizes for the top performers as well as some randomly awarded prizes. Nearly halfway, the Ermine Hill Trail comes in from the right (elevation 2,300 feet). On a clear day, Little Coal Creek Trail takes you to amazing views of Denali (Mt. Views of the Alaska Range and Denali are spectacular from many points along the trail. Lottery Registration: Begins at 9 a.m. Monday, June 22 at UltraSignup and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 28. The trail is well maintained with wide access for most of the way. Placing third was Cody Priest of Anchorage (4:43:32), who edged Knopp for the win by 22 seconds a year earlier. Dave Johnston the Younger (of Iditarod Trail Invitational fame), along with Andrea Hambach, created the Kesugi Ridge Traverse race in 2013. Weather on K’esugi Ridge can change fast. Keep your eyes and nose open for brown bears along troublesome creek. The Curry Ridge Trail is an out and back trail with slow but steady elevation gain to an incredible plateau with views of Denali and the Alaska range. When the weather is right, visitors can see Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. Focus on Denali & Kenai Fjords. That knocked more than 18 minutes off the record he set on a rainy and frigid day in 2015. There is parking here, but it may be crowded on weekends. This is the south­ern­most trail that leads to Kesu­gi Ridge. Note: The 3.3 mile long Little Coal Creek Trail is the northernmost of several access routes to the K’esugi Ridge Trail in Denali State Park. The sun was up almost 24 hours, and the sky never got completely dark. Travel on a set itinerary with lodging and tours booked in advance. Plan your journey with this gorgeous printed map. Discover the optimal month due to daylight, temperature, and rain. Trips available from Whittier, Homer, Seward, Juneau, and Sitka. The trails that connect the four trailheads to the ridge are the most likely spots to see other hikers, runners, or backpackers throughout the entirety of the trail. The Full Traverse has a time cutoff of 4 hours, 5 minutes for the Ermine Hill Checkpoint, and 9 hours, 10 minutes for the finish. By: Eric Troyer. Help us keep our trail information current. Be pre- pared with proper clothing and navigation tools in case low clouds move in. From the saddle, the trail very briefly climbs before descending again and crossing a broad, low valley. Near one of the tarns the trail went by. Email or Phone: Password: Forgot account? Kesugi Ridge is an ideal vantage point from which to view this massive mountain and its neighbors. These small lakes may be a welcome respite on hot days, since there's almost no shade on K'esugi Ridge. The event needs a host of volunteers, including sweepers, shuttle drivers, and result-takers. When visibility allows, views of the Eldridge Glacier and Denali, the largest peak in North America, are prominent. Almost all the uphill will be in the first 3 miles then its pretty level as you hike south. North­ern­most trail that pro­vides access to Kesu­gi Ridge. While there are many Hiking trails in Alaska, Kesugi ridge views and unique geological features. Booking a ride with them may simplify your logistics. Byers Lake also has several popular cabins available for rent. Considéré par beaucoup comme l’un des plus beaux sentiers d’Amérique. There's also little shelter from inclement weather - something to keep in mind when pitching your tent for the evening. The new Kesugi Ken Campground (Mile 135.4) allows reservations for tent camping, RV camping and public use cabins. Jump to. For 2020, face coverings are required to be worn before the start and after the finish. Thomas Ritchie, 6:05:19; 15. Highlights plus less visited destinations. Kesugi Ridge is located directly across the Parks Highway from Denali National Park. The post-race barbecue and awards ceremony were canceled. There was a problem with your submission. Brian Atkinson, 5:59:22; 14. My five companions and I got soaked pushing through the brush, birch, and spruce that crowd the path in the first section. Kesugi Ridge is located directly across the Parks Highway from Denali National Park. Sign up for the Full Traverse next year! On a clear day, Little Coal Creek Trail takes you to amazing views of Denali (Mt. Traditionally the area was used as caribou hunting grounds. Those who win the lottery and have an approved qualifier will be charged the race entry of $65 (this includes the registration fee). This section of trail begins in the alpine, but descends into a forested valley for most of its mileage. Byers Lake Campground was closed in 2019 due to spruce bark beetle kill and reopened on June 26, 2020. There will be no waitlist in 2020. In other years, volunteers have shuttled finishers to Byers Headquarters (or to Little Coal Creek if necessary). The Kesugi Ridge Half Traverse (not held in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic) starts at Little Coal Creek Trailhead and finishes just beyond the Ermine Hill Trail Junction. It is approximately 14.2 miles. If you like wide open tundra, high country hiking, endless exploration, alpine lakes and jaw dropping views then this trip will leave you satisfied! Bear habitat. Y, AK. Starting at an elevation of 1,400 feet, the trail climbs steadily in the opening four miles to an alpine ridge with a high point of 3,500 feet. K’esugi Ridge Trail. Galen Dossin, 5:52:10; 13. The Curry Ridge Trail is an out and back trail with slow but steady elevation gain to an incredible plateau with views of Denali and the Alaska range. The Half Traverse costs the same because it requires just as much organization, if not more, than the Full Traverse does. Carpooling or getting dropped off is required due to limited parking. The ridge trail is 27.5 miles from end to end from Coal Creek to Byers Lake and can be made in a multi-day backcountry camping trek or broken up into longer day hikes. Nate Boltz, 8:46:15; 36. After their race, Half Traverse participants take the Ermine Hill Trail 3.5 miles back to the Parks Highway at their leisure. Those who qualify for auto-entry will be placed on the roster and the remaining spots will be filled by lottery. Mark Martin, 7:32:16; 31. Black Diamond rate. If you're lucky and get a clear day, you can see Mount McKinley (Denali) without the hassle of Denali National Park's bus sys Mike Monterusso, 6:31:18; 20. The event’s COVID-19 mitigation plan required that face coverings be worn by participants before and after the race but not during. The trail varies from lowland birch, spruce and cottonwood along Troublesome Creek to alpine tundra on Kesugi Ridge. Headphones are discouraged. April McAnly, 6:22:08; 8. But doing so will result in a DNF. It also had two separate starts for the first time, with all the men beginning at 9 a.m. and all women setting off 30 minutes later. The view at the top is won­der­ful, so bring a cam­era! Views from the ridge are an outdoor lover's dream! Participants must sign a waiver before the start confirming their good health and lack of COVID-19 symptoms. Views of the Alaska Range and Denali are spectacular from many points along the trail. State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources - Denali State Park, Starting Point: Little Coal Creek trailhead: 62.89223, -149.74754, Ermine Hill - K'esugi Ridge Trail Junction: 62.79459, -149.86834, Ermine Hill trailhead: 62.82752, -149.90431, Ending Point - Byers Lake Campground: 62.74535, -150.11820, Troublesome Creek trailhead: 62.63013, -150.22572. Alpine Trail There are no aid stations because Kesugi Ridge is a remote trail and hauling food and drink onto the course is not feasible. Joshua Taylor, 5:44:10; 12. RVs may not stay here. Bib transfers are still not possible in 2020. Original Trail up K'esugi Ken Curry Ridge Trail 3.2 mi 5.1 km • 1,036' Up 315.8 m Up • 32' Down 9.88 m Down. 2-5 day small ship explorations. Non-Alaskans will be required to follow state quarantine mandates. Mt. The 2020 Kesugi Ridge Traverse Trail Run 30 Miles had 56 total finishers. For 2020 the refund policy has been modified. The trail is ADA compliant and is perfect for visitors of all ages and abilities. Racers cannot bring dogs. Some uneven terrain. Description: Come join us for a 27 mile traverse of Kesugi Ridge in Denali State Park, from Little Coal Creek to Byers Lake.Located in Denali State Park, the Kesugi Ridge Traverse point-to-point course starts at the Little Coal Creek Trailhead (Parks Highway Mile 163.9) and finishes 30 miles later at Byers Lake Campground (Mile 147). Marvin, meanwhile, turned 40 years old on Friday and proved a day later that she’s still a force in any mountain or trail race she enters. Jacob Kirk, 5:28:22; 10. For more than a mile the K’esugi Ridge trail was wide, well-worn, and nearly flat. Some 25 miles from where you began, you'll come to another trail junction. Also, spectators are allowed to hand-off sustenance and drinks to racers. Jacob Case, 6:58:28; 24. Popular Alaska Itineraries Using In-State Airlines, Anchorage to Denali National Park Driving Map, Compare twelve Alaska backcountry trips at a glance, DNR K'esugi Ridge Trail System North guide, DNR K'esugi Ridge Trail System South guide. A 15-mile training run on the Turnagain Arm Trail (roundtrip between Potter and Rainbow trailheads) in 3:45 or faster has been added as an acceptable qualifier. Kesugi Ridge is a 27.4 mile point-to-point trail from Little Coal Creek to Byer's Lake in Alaska's Denali State Park. 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