Walking the Denali Park Road
Read Lucy Tyrrell's stories about section-hiking the Denali Park Road.
In 2013, for the seventh consecutive year, Denali's Research Administrator, walked the 92 miles of the park road--in sections or stages over the summer in her non-work time. Typically, for any given walk, she boards a shuttle bus west, walks 7-12 miles, and catches a bus back to the park entrance. She doesn't walk the sections in a particular order, and walks sometimes east to west, and sometimes west to east.
Get off a shuttle bus and walk for some miles! Choose the section of road, and whether to walk west to east or east to west, with help from the road elevation profile. Ask a ranger or bus driver for suggestions. Know how to respect wildlife and stay safe. Bring water, snacks, warm clothes and rain gear, and a bus schedule.
Enjoy being on the one ribbon of road that winds through Denali's special wilderness.
Did You Know?
Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.