Hiking The Anderson Pass / Sanctuary Pass

The 33rd most popular hiking trail in Alaska.

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The Anderson Pass / Sanctuary Pass loop is a six day trek along an unblazed remote backcountry route through pristine valleys and tundra of the Alaska Range.

To reach the hiking trailhead, use the National Park bus from the main visitor center to the Sanctuary River stop.

The route begins by heading south through a wide valley and up to the headwaters at a high pass. After a steep ascent of West Fork of Windy Creek, the route proceeds to Foggy Pass and then on to Easy Pass. Then after following the West Fork Of The Chulitna River, ascend over Anderson Pass which has vistas of Mt McKinley. The route ends at the Eielson Visitor Center where a bus returns to the main visitor center.

Keep an eye out for moose, grizzley and the national bird -- the mosquito.

Note, a backcountry permit is required. A map, navigation skills and compass skills are essential.

Overall, Anderson Pass / Sanctuary Pass is the 33rd most popular hiking trail of all 54 hikes in Alaska. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Anderson Pass / Sanctuary Pass including Mount Eielson Loop, Troublesome Creek and Peters Dome.

Denali National Park (AK/US)

Denali National Park (AK/US)

Denali National Park (AK/US)

Denali National Park (AK/US)


Local Contact(s):  DNP (907) 683-2294 or 683-9510; VC (907) 683-1266; The Backcountry Companion for Denali National Park ($8.95, from Alaska Natural History Association); Alaska Tourism (907) 465-2010; Alaska Railroad (800) 544-0552.

Recommended Book:  "Alaska Hiking Adventures" from Dean Littlepage

Recommended Map:  "Denali National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Jul. - Aug.

Average Difficulty:  Hardcore

Base Camp:  Denali Cabins has 43 cedar cabins, plus two outdoor hot tubs with spectacular views. (907) 258-0134.

Luxury Loding:  Denali Windsong Lodge (800) 208-0200; Denali Backcountry Lodge (800) 841-0692; Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge (800) 426-0500

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/dena/

GPS:  63.71774, -149.47806

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  7/1/2016

ID:  14960


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