We are visiting in early May and will have a day at our leisure on Friday, May 12th. We'll be staying at the Denali Princess Lodge. At that time of year, will it be possible to get to Mt. Margaret Summit? Not sure how far into the park the Savage Check Station is.
And any other helpful hints about the park at that time of year are welcome!
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Hi there! I worked in Denali for 10 years, so hopefully I can give an honest answer. Early May is actually super early for the park and very few hotels, restaurants or concessions will be open. Bonus to this is that there... 続きを読む
Hi there! I worked in Denali for 10 years, so hopefully I can give an honest answer. Early May is actually super early for the park and very few hotels, restaurants or concessions will be open. Bonus to this is that there won't be the giant tourist crowds like you'll see in July, but downside is none of the free shuttles or park transit will be open or running. However, if you're going to have your own vehicle, the park road is usually open to Teklanika (30 miles in), and you can drive yourself (another bonus of going so early)! This also means you can easily access Savage Check Station (15 miles on the park road and the end of the only section of road visitors are allowed to drive themselves most of the time), but it will not open up until at least May 15th (just meaning there will be no park rangers manning it). The best route up Mt Margaret is a couple miles up the road from the check station, so you can park just off the road there where a game trail is heading up and pretty relaxed to follow. It might not be as defined this time of year and may have snow over.
Be prepared for decent of snow, mud, and ice on your way up. The valley is usually really muddy and icy that time of year, and climbing up the hill will have a lot of snow and precariously slippery spots on the scree sections, so I'd even recommend a pair of slip-on cleats to put on if it gets too packed down.
The main tip for coming to Denali in early May is knowing that it will be really quiet. If you're coming on a Princess cruise, they will have some of their shops open and will keep you on their hotel grounds, but I think the earliest anything else opens is between May 15-30, the majority opening towards the end of the month.
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