Denali National Park & Preserve

Denali National Park & Preserve

Rivers/Rapids in Denali

East Branch Toklat River

The East Branch River valley is a deep glacial valley with a wide river bar at the bottom. The mountains are steep and covered with multi-colored rock. Some rise above 7,000 feet. Vegetation is mostly dry tundra with some brush. Small side drainages feed the East Branch of the ...

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Iron Creek and the West End

An in-depth description of this area is impossible due to its overwhelming size and variety of terrain. The unique feature of this area, more than any other unit in the Denali Wilderness, is remoteness. One can hike through this area for months and see no signs of human passage. ...

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Jumbo and Moose Creeks

This area is mostly rolling tundra hills, with heavy brush, wet tundra, and swamps between the hilltops. Beaver ponds can be found throughout the area, providing an excellent habitat for waterfowl and other migrating birds. The mosquito population is dense in June and July. In late season, the area ...

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Lower Toklat

The Lower Toklat is a wide river valley with steep mountains on either side. Many side drainages serve as routes out of the Toklat Valley. The river braids out across the valley, and can be quite difficult to cross. Following the river, one will encounter multiple cutbanks making it ...

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Lower Toklat, East Fork, & Stony Creek

These three units, rarely seen by park visitors, offer a vast expanse of untouched land. The Wyoming Hills (sections 37 & 38) are characteristic of the rugged, rolling hills of the Outer Range. Wide-open tundra covers the higher elevations, while vast spruce forests, swamps, and willow cover the lowlands. ...

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Muddy River

Unit 21 offers a variety of scenery and terrain. The lowlands bordering the McKinley Bar exemplify interior Alaska conditions: thick brush, spruce forests, grasslands, swamps, wet tundra, and a healthy population of mosquitos. Most of the rivers and streams run North from the glaciers of the Alaska Range. The ...

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Sushana River

The ridge west of the Teklanika River rises approximately 1,500 feet This area, known as the Sushana Hills, offers terrain similar to that of Mt. Wright and Primrose Ridge. At lower elevations, the ridge is well forested, changing to low, dry tundra at higher elevations. The Sushana River originates from ...

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Tributary Creek

The landscape created by the Outer Range. Brush is found in the lower drainage, with mostly low tundra and scree at higher elevations. Scattered spruce forests are found in the lowlands. From the western flank of Sable Mountain, one has a good view of the land to the west ...

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Upper East Fork River

The bar of the East Fork River is wide and rocky. Low, tundra covered benches line the banks of the river which originates from a large glacier at the base of Mount Pendleton. Wildflowers are abundant on the river bars and lower slopes. Higher ridges are steep and covered ...

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Upper Sanctuary River

The Sanctuary River offers a fairly narrow gravel bar with thick brush on either side. The river usually consists of one or two main channels originating from the high glaciers of the Alaska Range. There are a variety of valleys and tributaries feeding into the Sanctuary. Refuge Valley is ...

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Upper Savage River

Rolling tundra hills parallel the Savage River southward to its headwaters. As the slopes become steeper, they give way to exposed rock. Hiking is rigorous, but the views are fantastic. The headwaters of the Savage River consist of open, scenic valleys with brilliant fall colors. Take notice of the ...

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Upper Teklanika River

The Teklanika flows from a number of glaciers on the north side of the Alaska Range down through a deep river valley. The river bar is wide open and free from brush, enabling quick and efficient travel. The river itself is generally well braided from its headwaters to the ...

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West Branch Upper Toklat River

The West Branch of the Toklat River is a scenic valley with impressive mountains rising from an expansive river bar. Side streams along the lower reaches of the river are vegetated with willow and dwarf birch, but the predominant vegetation is alpine tundra. Large glaciers form the headwaters of ...

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