ElevationAscent: 1,024' 312 m
Descent: -1,022' -312 m
High: 4,200' 1,280 m
Low: 3,662' 1,116 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“An unmarked route across tundra to the drainages at the base of Gravel Mountain.”— Ike Waits
While traveling along the ridges on the return, keep an eye out for bears in the valley between you and the road. If a bear is sighted, make sure to maintain a safe distance.
After crossing the low meadow, follow the stream feeding in from the right until it branches against the base of Gravel Mountain. Head onto the ridge to the left that serves as a divider between the adjacent drainage. At the top of the ridge, cross over the small stream in favor for the adjoining ridge that points toward Stony Dome. Follow along the ridge until its end where a turn to the left will head back to the road along firm tundra.
This route is open for interpretation and invites visitors wander around and explore at leisure. The second ridge and other high points make a great spot to enjoy lunch and watch for wildlife. While you can return on the road, an out and back route will give you more time to appreciate hiking in the stunning landscape.
This content was contributed by author Ike Waits. For a comprehensive hhiking 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