These ranger-led hikes travel everywhere, so expect uneven terrain, small stream crossings, close encounters with dense vegetation and unpredictable weather. Along the way, you can engage the park with all your senses and build memories of this special kind of "walk in the park."
How to Sign Up for a Hike
You may sign up for a hike one to two days in advance, and you can only sign up in person at the Denali Visitor Center. All members of your party must be present during the sign-up process in order to claim a spot. There are no exceptions to this rule. For safety concerns, rangers may turn away unprepared hikers. Unfortunately, if the hike fills up, there is no way to be placed on a waiting list or to ride "stand-by". However, rangers at the Denali Visitor Center will be happy to discuss alternative options for exploring Denali's trail-less wilderness areas without a ranger.
All disco hikes begin with a bus ride into the park, originating from the entrance area between 8 and 8:30am (exact location and meeting time will depend on hike location). Most hikes require the purchase of a bus ticket (same cost as an Eielson-bound transit bus). Plan on a bus ride lasting anywhere from one to four hours, to hike for three to five hours, and then a similar-length bus ride back to the park entrance.You should be prepared to return to the entrance area as late at 7pm.
Please read our preparation guide, below, for more details on how to ready yourself for this special experience.
Where You'll Go
All disco hikes begin with a bus ride into the park, originating from the Wilderness Access Center. Plan on a bus ride lasting anywhere from one to four hours, to hike for three to five hours, and then a similar-length bus ride back to the park entrance. The disco bus leaves at 8 am every morning.
These ranger-led adventures vary from moderate (elevation gain less than 1,000 feet) to strenuous (elevation gain more than 1,000 feet, or will involve large river crossings). They may start from just about anywhere on the Park Road, which is why the bus ride has such a wide range of duration (i.e., the closer to the park entrance your hike begins, the shorter your bus ride will be).