Denali National Park & Preserve

Denali National Park & Preserve

Mt. McKinley, Alaska Range

Latitude, Longitude: 63.069521, -151.007252

Denali National Park offers access to some of the most spectacular peaks in the Alaska Range. The climbing season in Denali is extremely short, with most of the mountaineering happening in May and June. The physical environment surrounding Denali can be among the harshest on Earth. Climbers must be prepared for high winds, severe weather, and low temperatures. All climbers should have previous knowledge and experience with glacier travel, roped travel and climbing, avalanche awareness, extreme altitude, and all other general mountaineering skills.

All climbers who cross through the backcountry and camp enroute to their destination must obtain a permit for the appropriate unit from the Backcountry Desk and be within the unit?s quota. Information concerning the lesser peaks can be obtained from the Rangers at the Backcountry Desk. Some of the more commonly climbed lesser peaks include Scott Peak, Mt. Pendleton, and Peak 8,620'. Do not underestimate the ?lesser? peaks or compare them to peaks of similar elevation in warmer climates. Continuous snow and ice begins at about 7,000 feet in elevation.