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Hiking Under the Midnight Sun: Denali National Park

I'm planning on heading up north this summer to do some hiking in Alaska and the Yukon. Where should I go?

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A:Like Lake Clark, Alaska's most famous park is largely trail-free. A small selection of short trails branch off from the park's single 90-mile road, which is accessible only by shuttle bus during most of the peak season, and there are trailheads at the visitor's center, Savage River, Eielson, and Wonder Lake. Beyond that, you're on your own.

If you're at loss for where to start, the NPS suggests riding the shuttle bus the full length of the road and hopping off at your chosen spot on the return trip. Denali’s backcountry rangers can also offer help and suggestions.

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