Hiking The Peters Dome

The 34th most popular hiking trail in Alaska.

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The Muddy Creek route to Peters Dome is a six-day out-and-back trek with numerous water crossings and an unblazed remote backcountry route.

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

The route begins by following the McKinley River to a passible section near the muddy River. The trek passes through spruce and adler taiga forest. Expect plenty of rocky creek crossings, which should only be attempted during dry season. Follow Muddy Creek south to Peters Glacier, which is on the north side of Mt McKinley. 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, Peters Dome is the 34th most popular hiking trail of all 54 hikes in Alaska. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Peters Dome including Mount Eielson Loop, Troublesome Creek and Anderson Pass / Sanctuary Pass.

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:  63.4581, -150.8487

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  8/14/2016

ID:  14961


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