Trip Reports: A View Of Denali From Kesugi Ridge, Alaska - August 2016

In mid-August after looking at rainy forecasts in Alaska for weeks, there was finally a one-day window of sun in the weather forecast. We high-tailed it towards Denali and went on a quick one-night backpack trip up Kesugi Ridge, in Denali State Park just across the valley from Denali National Park. With clear weather the view of Denali from Kesugi Ridge is supposedly amazing; the question was, would the weather forecast pan out and the clouds clear enough for us to see the big peak?

Alaska, Alaska Range, Denali State Park, Kesugi Ridge, photo

A view of rugged peaks in the Alaska Range, Denali National Park. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Fine Prints available.

Alaska, Alaska Range, Denali, Denali State Park, Kesugi Ridge, photo

The giant flank of Denali appears through a break in the clouds. The scale of Denali dwarfs the rugged peaks far below. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Fine Prints available.

Alaska, Alaska Range, Denali, Denali State Park, Kesugi Ridge, photo

When Denali is covered in clouds (which is most of the time) you can't tell where the peak is or how big it is. But when the clouds break up and Denali emerges, its massive scale is mind-boggling, like a Himalayan peak got misplaced in Alaska. This is the view from Kesugi Ridge across the valley from Denali. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Fine Prints available.

Alaska, Alaska Range, Denali, Denali State Park, Kesugi Ridge, photo

A spectacular view of Denali, the tallest peak in North America with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet (6,190 m), as seen from Kesugi Ridge. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Fine Prints available.

Alaska, Alaska Range, Denali, Denali State Park, Kesugi Ridge, tent, photo

Our tent on Kesugi Ridge, with Denali behind in the distance. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

We were stoked to catch a view of Denali, but with more bad weather rolling in, we packed up our tent and walked back down to spend a week relaxing and waiting out the weather in Anchorage.