Eielson Alpine Trail
ElevationAscent: 948' 289 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 4,705' 1,434 m
Low: 3,757' 1,145 m
GradeAvg Grade: 22% (12°)
Max Grade: 53% (28°)
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“A steep climb up Thoro Ridge to impressive views.”— Ike Waits
When traveling by bus, plan to be back at the visitor center more than an hour before the last return bus is scheduled for the best chance of securing a spot. Buses arrive every 30 minutes.
While the views of Muldrow Glacier and Denali (when it’s out) get steadily better as you climb, the real prize is the view north from the top of the ridge. A multi-colored Mount Galen and the distant hills and valleys shape a vast wilderness beauty that goes unappreciated from below. Alpine flowers also do their part to brighten the sights when in bloom. When you're done soaking up the views, retrace your steps back to the visitor center.
This content was contributed by author Ike Waits. For a comprehensive hiking guide to Denali National Park and to see more by Ike, click here.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Denali National Park