Antler Ridge Parking Lot

Antler Ridge (MP 245) Parking Area and Trail Enhancement

"FUTURE HOME OF THE ANTLER RIDGE TRAIL" 

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is to improve access to Mt. Healy for recreational purposes.

The current location of the Bison Gulch parking lot used to access Mt. Healy is on the east side of the Parks Highway and causes pedestrians to cross the highway in a location positioned in the center of horizontal and vertical curves, resulting in poor sight visibility.

By relocating the parking lot onto the west side of the Parks Highway closer to Antler Ridge, trail users will have direct access from a parking area to a new trailhead location. 

This project has been funded in two phases through the Federal Lands Access Grant Program (FLAP). Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program worked with the Denali Borough to execute two successful FLAP applications; this assistance was made possible through RTCA's technical assistance grant.  

 

Antler Ridge Trail

The new trail connection and formal construction of the first-ever Denali Borough maintained trail at Antler Ridge will begin in the summer of 2024. In the meantime, the Denali Borough is working to make the new parking lot functional to access the Antler Ridge social trail. 

The Denali Borough is partnering with RTCA and the Denali National Park trail crew to establish a functional trailhead to depart the parking lot and connect with the existing social trail.

For trail users - this continues to be an unmaintained social trail. A temporary porta potty is on site to accommodate trail users in the interim. Please enjoy, be safe, and practice Leave No Trace principles. 

 

Formal design, construction, and maintenance will not begin until 2024-2025. 

A summary of the project to date can be viewed in the presentation (below) given to the Denali Borough Assembly at their May 2022 meeting. 

 

Visit the Alaska DOT&PF Project Page for more details on phase one (the parking lot) of the project, completed in the fall of 2021.

Click here to watch the Project Model video.