Trail Maps

Except for spur trails, these trail maps are all of PUBLIC ACCESS trails, meaning one does not have to request private landowner permission where the trail crosses private property. However, to avoid trespassing on private property, where the private landowner has posted NO TRESPASSING type signs, one MUST stay on the marked trail: Such trails will generally be marked with public easement markers.

 

Wolf Point - one of Buckwheat's favorites. Nice views. Difficulty: Moderate. Plan on 2 to 3 hours round trip (4.9 miles). This is grizzly bear habitat, wild country. Easy to get lost in, especially during winter. Crosses Ahtna lands, so be careful not to trespass. Eventually enters BLM lands. Very nice trail but there are 3 "water hazards" to cross (the BLM eliminated water hazard #1). Popular snow machine trail in winter, ATV trail in summer (they can churn up a lot of mud). Hunters use it a lot.  But hiking is best!

 

 

Windy Creek Trail - the back way into Denali National Park. Difficulty: Moderate. Plan on 3 to 4 hours round trip (7 miles). This is grizzly bear habitat, wild country. Crosses private lands, so be careful not to trespass. If you take any spur trails where there are no public easement markers, be sure to get landowner permission. Eventually enters Denali National Park (1.7 miles from trailhead). Very nice trail but there can be lots of mud the first mile or so. (Note: NPS notification and permission MAY be required; check with the Park Headquarters for more info.)

 Little Coal Creek Trail - one of Alaska's best! In Denali State Park, one of Alaska's "undiscovered" gems. Parking fee $5, but well worth it. Be sure to sign the log book about 100 yards past the trailhead. Grizzly bear country. Fantastic double decker beaver dam. Great views of Mt. McKinley (and just south at Denali View Campground North).

 

 

 

 

 

CoolPics

 

 The Ethereal Mt. McKinley
(about Parks Hwy MP 206)

 

North Face of Mt. McKinley @ Parks Hwy MP 202.3

(South Peak 20320' on left, North Peak 19470' on right; mountain is about 75 miles away!)

 


North Face of Mt. McKinley @ Parks Hwy MP 205.8

 


Looking north

 

USGS TOPO MAP EXCERPTS:

 

 Mt. McKinley (N & S peaks) - coords = south peak (approx)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Mt. McKinley - coords = south peak (approx), zoomed in

Mt. McKinley - coords = north peak (approx), zoomed in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WILD BLUESBERRIES IN CANTWELL, ALASKA

GREAT!

 

PANORAMA MOUNTAIN - SOUTH  FACE

(in the Alaska Range, from about  3600' on Reindeer Mtn.)

 

 

NATIONS PEAK - SOUTHEAST

(in the Alaska Range)

 

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"Big Bird In A Little Tree"

(Bald Eagle, photo taken from BluesBerry Inn August 12, 2011)

 

Read more: CoolPics

Links

EXTERNAL LINKS* to things to do:

 

 

Denali National Park www.nps.gov/dena/index.htm  (click on Bus Services link for shuttle bus info). Here are direct links to their bus schedules and fees (current as of June 2012):

 PARK SHUTTLE BUS SCHEDULES (please click on the time period you wish)

 PARK SHUTTLE BUS FEES

 







 

 

 

 

Denali Wilderness Safaris Inc. - Jet Boat & Back Country Tours:

 www.denaliparkadventures.com

Denali Wilderness Safaris is conveniently located just across the lane from the BluesBerry Inn and they offer tours in their heated jet boats! Please check with them for a full description of all their tours and adventures! AND they give BluesBerry Inn guests 20% off!

 

 

 

North Star Golf Club (in Fairbanks): Play North America's northernmost USGA course www.northstargolf.com

The BluesBerry Inn is a proud member of the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.anchorage.net

The BluesBerry Inn is a proud member of the Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.explorefairbanks.com

You can get a scientific forecast for the NORTHERN LIGHTS here: UAF Geophysical Institute - Aurora Forcast

The Boreal Lodge in the Arctic Brooks Range - nice and affordable lodging along the Dalton Highway in historic Wiseman, Alaska:  http://www.boreallodge.com/

Mama Z's Jade Boulder Cafe: If you are adventurous and drive the very scenic AlCan (Alaska) Highway, our favorite alternate route is the famous Cassiar Highway (BC37) in Northern Brittish Columbia -  the Cassiar junctions with the Alaska Highway just west of Watson Lake, YT (one of our favorite towns on the highway). Visit famous Mama Z's for a really tasty meal! Located in Dease Lake, BC near the Continental Divide: Mama Z's Jade Boulder Cafe:

 Be SURE to tell her where you found out about Mama Z's!

 

* These external links are to organizations that have no direct affiliation with the BluesBerry Inn and are provided for your convenience only. While we believe them to be very reputable businesses, the BluesBerry Inn makes no recommendations or warranties regarding the services offered by these companies. Please contact the respective company for further information on their products and services.

 

 

 

 

 

ThingsToDo

Visit Denali National Park

Visit Denali STATE Park (a great but lesser known park!)

Hiking (in the Alaska Range, along the Denali, Parks, just about anywhere!)

Pick wild blueberries (please see cool pics tab)

Jet Boat Tours

Flight-seeing

Hunting 

Fishing

Photograph Mt. McKinley

Drive the Denali Highway*

Drive the Dalton Highway*

 

* The Denali and Dalton Highways are two of the best of Alaska's wilderness highways. Both are largely unpaved. The Denali, listed as #2 of the world's best drives by National Geographic (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/top-10/drivers-drives-traveler/#page=1), runs 135 miles, from Cantwell to Paxson, through some of the world's most scenic country, very wild and remote. The Dalton, also beautiful and even wilder, starts near Livengood, about 230 miles north of Cantwell, and runs 415 miles north, across mighty Yukon River, the Arctic Circle, the fabled Brooks Range (the northern terminus of the Rocky Mountains), over the Antigun Pass, and across the North Slope to the town of Deadhorse on the Arctic Ocean (if you drive the Dalton, please see our LINKS page for a great place to stay - the Boreal Lodge). Please be advised that if you plan to rent a car, many car rentals (esp. the large companies) will not permit their cars on gravel highways such as the Denali and Dalton. Therefore, when making a car rental reservation, we suggest you check with the car rental company regarding their gravel road policies.

 

 (Mt. McKinley as taken from the Parks Highway at the Jack River Bridge, about 1 mile south of the BluesBerry Inn)

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