The Kesugi Ridge rises from 2500 to 4700 feet in elevation between the Chulitna and Susitna Rivers. We start out at Little Coal Creek trail head and hike up above tree line into the tundra where we pass by several small lakes where we have the chance to see beavers. Other animals we might see on this trip are moose, bears, eagles, ducks, fox.We have plenty of time to explore this beautiful ridge with views of the Alaska Range including Mount McKinley. 4 miles into the trip we reach the highest point of the trail at 3500 feet.
Hiking to either Indian Mountain 4558 feet or Kesugi Mountain 4750 feet is an option and depends on the weather and conditions and fitness of the group. We pass Stonehenge Hill, a stony hill littered with bedroom-sized chunks of granite. The ridge hike stays at about 3000 feet and is above tree line after the initial climb to the top of the ridge until we reach the 15 mile point where we reach the low point of the ridge at about 1500 feet. After that we will pass Skinny Lake at 2100 feet in a narrow basin protected by spruce trees which makes for a good campsite near the lake.
At mile 19 we arrive at Point Golong at 2970 feet, a rocky point with panoramic views. We will descend from the ridge and arrive at our finish of the trip at Byers Lake trail head on the last day of the trip. The hike on the Kesugi Ridge is most beautiful in the fall when the colors of the tundra are exploding. We will spend the night in tents and carry all of our food and gear for this hike. This hike is not too far from the more famous Denali National Park.
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