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Only In Denali State Park: You'll Find the Best Views of McKinley

Unless you’re at Wonder Lake in Denali National Park – or flightseeing – your very best views of Mt. McKinley start just south of Talkeetna and include Trapper Creek and Denali State Park.

Read on for details.


Mile 135 Parks Hwy: Denali View South

Denali State Park runs from Mile 132 to Mile 169 on the Parks Highway.

There are three state campgrounds in the park.

They are: Byers Lake, Lower Troublesome Creek, and Denali View North.

This is Denali View South, at the log kiosk built by Dave Johnston, one of Alaska’s premiere mountaineers who has lived in the area for more than 30 years and is a former state park ranger.


Mile 163 Parks Hwy: Denali View North

This is one of several good places to view Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range as you drive up the Parks Highway.

This combination campground and viewpoint is at the northern end of Denali State Park.


Mile 147.2 Parks Hwy: Veterans' War Memorial

The Alaska Veterans’ Memorial is at Byers Lake, at Mile 147.2 of the Parks Highway. Turn just north of the Byers Lake entrance.

There are a number of displays, parking lots, toilets, a small book store, and places to walk.

The visitor center staff will help you with your hiking plans.

Byers Lake campground is one of the best rural state campgrounds

+ Places to Go + Things to Do
+ Where to Stay + Where to Eat


denali state park verterans memorial

DENALI STATE PARK BUSINESSES

WHERE TO STAY
Mary's McKinley View Lodge
Trapper Creek Inn



DENALI STATE PARK, ALASKA MAPS AND FEATURES
+ Map: Denali Parks Overview

RELATED MAPS AND FEATURES
+ Map of Parks Highway Campgrounds
+ Map of Denali Highway

TRAPPER CREEK & DENALI STATE PARK

115 miles from Anchorage

Homesteading communities adjacent to a sparsely populated 325,240 acre state park. Borders Denali National Park. Great campgrounds and well-maintained viewing areas with signs, graphics and trails.

 

SCARED 101

Ever wake up in the middle of the night, sure you heard some strange noise just outside your tent? And spent the next half hour, lying awake wishing you had bought a portable electric fence to protect yourself?

Actually, they do make fences you can put around your campsite.

If you enjoy being scared, there’s a series of “bear tale” books you can read aloud around the fire before settling in.

A little scared is a good thing, because when you’re hiking and camping in Alaska you should take basic precautions. Talk and sing while hiking. Avoid bears and moose when you see them. And cook and store your food well away from where you sleep.

Hike In Denali State Park

This fine state park has several different trail systems, ranging from short walks to major backcountry adventure. There’s a staffed visitor center at Byers Lake Veterans’ Memorial where you can get information.

MILE 135 (PARKS HWY)
DENALI VIEW SOUTH

Paved walkways, telescopes,
handicapped accessible.

MILE 137
LOWER TROUBLESOME CREEK

Camping, half mile trail to Chulitna River.

MILE 138
UPPER TROUBLESOME CREEK
Trailhead parking, 15 miles to Byers Lake Campground. (Moderate Difficulty)

MILE 147
BYERS LAKE CAMPGROUND

Well kept. Access for boating, canoeing and hiking. With 2 public use cabins, one of which you can walk or canoe to. Several trails start & end at the campground. Byers Lake Loop Trail an easy hike about 5 miles long. Trails from Troublesome Creek and Little Coal Creek end here.

MILE 147.2
VETERANS’ MEMORIAL

Paved walkways, telescopes, memorial,
visitor center, handicapped accessible.

MILE 156
ERMINE HILL TRAILHEAD

Parking area for trailhead 17 miles from Little Coal Creek. (Difficult)

MILE 163
DENALI VIEW NORTH

Paved walkways, telescopes. Toilets.

MILE 163
LITTLE COAL CREEK

Trailhead to alpine country and 27 miles to Byers Lake. (Difficult)

Alaska DNR on Denali State Park: Trails and More
Plenty of useful information on Denali State Park, brought to you by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Covers origins, wildlife, climate, plant life, and the Alaska Range, with detailed information on facilities and trails.


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