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National Trails Day at Denali

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Date: May 31, 2011
Contact: Kris Fister, (907) 683-9583

The public is invited to hike the Triple Lakes Trail, one of Denali’s newest and most scenic trails on Saturday, June 4, as part of the park’s celebration of National Trails Day. This event is great for the entire family to get a first hand glimpse at how trails are built in a sub-arctic environment, and to experience a beautiful area of the park.

The trail crew will meet participants in the Denali Visitor Center parking lot at 8:45 a.m. Come prepared for a strenuous, six mile hike and be sure to bring water, lunch, some snacks, and rain gear.

The hike will go from the Denali Visitor Center to Riley Creek, and then to the ridge above the Triple Lakes. Trail crew members will provide information about the construction techniques employed in the building of the Triple Lakes Trail during the hike. Participants will have an opportunity to do some trail building, and enjoy lunch. The group will return to the visitor center by 4:00 p.m. The National Park Service will provide tools and safety equipment.
Join us in celebrating National Trails Day, and helping to provide additional access to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Additional park information is available on the web at www.nps.gov/dena or by calling (907) 683-9532 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Stay connected with "DenaliNPS" on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and iTunes – links to these social media sites are available at www.nps.gov/dena/connect.htm.

Did You Know?

an arctic ground squirrel on its hind legs

Nearly 500 vegetation plots have been installed in Denali, to monitor climate change. Warmer temperatures allow woody plants to grow at higher elevations, invading the fragile and unique plants already in high alpine tundra - and threatening the animals that depend on those specialized plants.