Public Invited to Participate in Initial Scoping of Climbing Allocation for Mount McKinley
Contact: Paula Homan, (907) 683-6223
Contact: Martha Armington, (907) 683-9529
Denali National Park and Preserve intends to prepare an Environmental Assessment regarding the allocation of climbing permits between commercial guided climbing operators and independent climbers on Mount McKinley. The 2006 Backcountry Management Plan established a seasonal (April 1- August 1) limit of 1500 permitted climbers for Mount McKinley. The Backcountry Management Plan allocated 25% of the permits for commercially guided groups. This planning effort will review the current allocation to determine its relevance to the current demand. The limit of 1500 permits will not be reviewed during this planning effort.
Did You Know?
Warmer average temperatures over several decades have resulted in expansion of woody vegetation. If this warming trend continues, it will change Alaska's ecosystems and drastically alter the physical appearance of Denali's landscape, as treeline marches higher up the mountains.