Mountaineers attempting a climb of Mt. McKinley or Mt. Foraker must register with the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station at least 60 days prior to their start date. The 60-day pre-registration regulation allows mountaineering rangers to have direct contact with climbers before they arrive in Talkeetna. Rangers are thereby able to suggest appropriate routes for different levels of expertise and offer first-hand knowledge of conditions encountered in the Alaska Range.
Denali's climbing registration process is now conducted online. For the easy electronic form and payment system, go to Pay.Gov's online climbing registration form. Registrants will immediately receive a receipt confirmation from Pay.Gov via email if the forms and payment are submitted correctly. After a team's registration forms are received at the Ranger Station, allow up to several weeks for mountaineering rangers to review the file. Once a team's file is reviewed and approved, the expedition leader will receive an official confirmation letter via email.
Climbers are responsible for ensuring their form(s) have been received in time for their desired start date. There are limited exceptions to the 60-day pre-registration period which are addressed on the Frequently Asked Questions page. For instance, mountaineers that have climbed Mt. McKinley or Mt. Foraker since 1995 can request a "seven-day exception" to the 60-day rule and instead register 7 days in advance of the climb. Additionally, an expedition leader is permitted to add one new member to their team at least 30 days prior to the start date of the expedition.
Additional Information For Solo Climbers
Due to the increased risk associated with solo travel, in addition to the online registration and payment, ALL soloists must complete a solo form (pdf). Soloists will not be considered registered until we also receive this completed solo form via mail, fax, or email.
Denali National Park charges a mountaineering special use fee for all climbers attempting Mt. McKinley or Mt. Foraker. This fee directly offsets costs related to mountaineering such as maintaining the high altitude ranger camps, hiring seasonal staff, providing mountaineering information, and keeping the mountain environment clean. The current Mountaineering Special Use Fee of $360 U.S. currency is charged in full at the time of registration to each expedition member. A reduced fee of $260 will be charged for climbers aged 24 or younger as of the start date of the climb.
Additionally, climbers must pay the Denali National Park entrance fee of $10 per individual. Payment of this park entrance fee can be paid along with the mountaineering special use fee on Pay.Gov, or a climber can opt to pay the entrance fee upon arrival in Talkeetna. Interagency passes are accepted in lieu of entrance fee payment (actual passes must be presented).
If the climb is cancelled prior to January 15 of the year in which the climb is scheduled, all but $100 of the fee will be refunded. No refund will be made for cancellations after January 15.