The Best Open Tundra Hiking In The World

Best National Park Hikes

Denali National Park is located at 64◦ North Latitude, not too far from the Arctic Circle. Tree line ranges from 2000 ft to 3000 feet. Unlike lower latitudes, you are in the open tundra quickly. The great Alaska Range is truly astounding.  Mt. McKinley (Denali) is the apex of this range of mountains.

Most people take a shuttle bus and get off along the road corridor and head across the open tundra or stream beds to their favorite peaks. Any time you day hike, be prepared for the unexpected; breathtaking views, wildlife sightings, weather yielding rainbows, snow, rain or bright sunny, clear days to make you really happy you decided to be outside.

Unlike most other National Parks, Denali does not have any trails in wilderness areas. You create your own path.  Plenty of help is available to assist you in making your hiking decisions. From mid-June to mid-July, wildflowers abound in the Park. There are many unusual species found at higher elevations and going up is the only way to see them. It is my favorite time of year. Wildflower books are available in the Denali National Park bookstore for flower identification.

When you have come so far, I suggest spending at least a week hiking in the Park.  Denali is one of the great backpacking destinations in the world and we have visitors from every continent during the summers enjoying the wonders of this subarctic region. The subarctic is defined as the area from the Arctic Circle, 66.5 degrees North Latitude to 62 degrees North Latitude. I hope to see you out there!!!

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