Ready to test your mountaineering and wilderness skills on North America's highest peak? Or maybe you are eyeing the vertical rock and ice walls that line the Ruth Gorge. World class mountaineering and climbing options abound in Denali National Park and Preserve. Let us help you plan for a safe and successful journey in the Alaska Range.
Three roped climbers move uphill with heavy backpacks with sweeping mountain views in the background

NPS Photo / E. Junck


Steps to Planning a Climb on Denali or Mount Foraker



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) About Mountaineering

Denali climbing rangers have created a helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions to use as a resource in planning your expedition.

Backcountry Climbing and Mountaineering

The Alaska Range offers an amazing variety of remote climbing and backcountry skiing opportunities. The Backcountry Climbing and Mountaineering section currently offers basic trip planning information.

Denali Weather Links

  • The National Weather Service publishes their mountain-specific forecast here: Denali Climbing Forecast (forecast available May to July)
  • compiles a Denali Weather page with links to the MesoWest data, the NWS Denali Climbing Forecasts, as well as links to FAA webcams.

Historical Mountaineering Information

Other Helpful Reading

Contact Us

Registration and mountaineering ranger staff are available year-round at the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station to answer your questions. Contact ranger staff by e-mail, or:

Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station
PO Box 588
Talkeetna, AK 99676
(907) 733-2231 (phone)
(907) 733-1465 (fax)

Last updated: April 19, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755


907 683-9532
A ranger is available 9 am to 4 pm daily (except on major holidays). If you reach the voicemail, please leave a message and we'll call you back as soon as we finish with the previous caller.

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