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Reporting Points and Maps

The mountain is divided into two geographic areas, north and south. The dividing line is delineated from the east by the south side of the Eldridge Glacier, up to the main ridge of the Alaska Range, which extends up to the summit of Mount McKinley and westward to the summits of Mount Foraker and Mount Russell. There are two CTAFs used on the mountain. The south side traffic should monitor and report on 123.65, and the north side on 122.725.

  • Reporting Points Map (10mb PDF) and mountain inset map (1.5mb PDF)

    The map shows the Denali National Park and the Denali State Park. It is not intended for navigation, but delineates commonly used reporting points for the numerous aircraft flying in the area. You can also download a full copy of the FAA Reporting Points brochure.

    If you have a hard copy of this map make make sure to note that the South Side Frequency has been changed to 123.65. The most current version of this map should be dated 09/21/2009 in the lower right corner

  • Aviation Reporting Coordinates
    This page provides coordinates in Latitude/Longitude for most of the reporting points on the map. When making a position report, give your location, altitude, destination and or direction of flight. For example: "Mountain Traffic, Cessna 1234, Ruth Icefall, 8000 feet, up glacier for the Amphitheater."

  • View in Google Earth - Click here if you have Google Earth installed on your computer or another application that can read KML/KMZ-formatted files.

  • Formatted for GPS units - Click here to download the reporting points in GPX format that can be imported into GPS units.

  • Common Flight Routes
    The most common flight routes used by commercial and private operators in and around Denali.

Aircraft density around Mount McKinley can be quite high during the summer months. Air tour operators fly out of Anchorage, Talkeetna, Fairbanks, and the McKinley Park areas. For position reporting, this mountain environment has been divided into two "zones," one north and the other south of the crest of the Alaska Range.

  • The north side monitors frequency 122.725
  • The south side monitors frequency 123.65
The Denali Aircraft Overflights Advisory Council is developing voluntary measures for assuring the safety of passengers, pilots, and mountaineers and for achieving desired future resource conditions at Denali as outlined in the 2006 Backcountry Management Plan.

Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about flying in this area.

Resources for Flight Planning around Denali

Resources for Flight Planning around Fairbanks

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