Located in Denali State Park, the Kesugi Ridge course starts at the Little Coal Creek Trailhead and finishes 30 miles later at Byers Lake Campground. Starting around 1,400 feet, the trail climbs steadily to above tree line to an alpine ridge with a high point of 3,500 feet. The trail is marked with cairns in most places. About halfway, the Ermine Hill trail comes in from the right. The trail then descends into a forested valley at about 1,500 feet. It again climbs above tree line until it descends to Byers Lake via the Cascade Trail. The course finishes in the Byers Lake campground with food, drinks and awards. The total elevation gain is 6,200 feet and elevation loss is 6,800 feet.
Be aware this is not a race for beginners. Long-distance trail running experience is a must. Familiarity with the course is important. Past races have featured rain, snow, cold, and limited visibility. There will be time cut-offs both mid-race (4 hours at Ermine Hill) and overall (9 hours at Byers Lake).
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Participants for the KESUGI RIDGE TRAVERSE must have completed at least one of the following trails: Kesugi Ridge trail, Crow Pass Crossing, Resurrection Pass trail, Lost Lake Trail, Matanuska Peak Challenge, Granite Tors, Angel Creek 50 or some other comparable race or training run.
Participants for the KESUGI RIDGE HALF TRAVERSE must have completed at least 15 miles on the trails listed above, or some other comparable 15-mile race or training run.
Participants for both the Kesugi Ridge Traverse and Kesugi Ridge Half Traverse must wear or carry the following gear: windbreaker, long-sleeved shirt, pants or tights, hat, gloves, sustenance and water bottle.
All entrants for both the Kesugi Ridge Traverse and Kesugi Ridge Half Traverse must be at least 18 years old on race day.
The Kesugi Ridge Traverse has a time cutoff of 4 hours at the midway point of Ermine Hill Junction and 9 hours for the finish.
Local time: 5:01 AM
The Kesugi Ridge Half Traverse has a time cutoff of 4 hours at the Ermine Hill finish line.