Trips: Denali Fall 2019

I returned this fall to Denali National Park where I spent a week hiking, cycling and flying across the Denali landscape. The colors were vibrant and there is nothing like an aerial perspective of The Great One, Mount Denali.

Narrow Passage

Narrow Passage

An Alaskan passenger train enters Denali in fall splendor

An Alaskan passenger train enters Denali in fall splendor

Chulitna River

Chulitna River

Thorofare Pass shows off fall's colors and winter's early snowy arrival

Thorofare Pass shows off fall's colors and winter's early snowy arrival

Arrival of autumn's first snow

Arrival of autumn's first snow

Ascending Peaks

Ascending Peaks

Snow coats the highest peak.  In days it will reach the valley.

Snow coats the highest peak. In days it will reach the valley.

Silhouettes

Silhouettes

Banked by vast fields of blueberries, turned red by autmn's chill, Wonder Lake stretches to Denali.

Banked by vast fields of blueberries, turned red by autmn's chill, Wonder Lake stretches to Denali.

Denali's floor is carpeted with berry bushes, lichens and small grasses that have adapted to its unique environment

Denali's floor is carpeted with berry bushes, lichens and small grasses that have adapted to its unique environment

Carpet Close Up

Carpet Close Up

Cranberries

Cranberries

Denali Park Road

Denali Park Road

Denali Park Road in fall

Denali Park Road in fall

Fog rises above Wonder Lake, as Denali gleams in the early morning sun above Nugget Pond

Fog rises above Wonder Lake, as Denali gleams in the early morning sun above Nugget Pond

Denali reflects in Nugget Pond

Denali reflects in Nugget Pond

Surrounded by berry bushes that have turned red with autumn's arrival, Nugget Pond is the perfect place to watch Denali in the...

Surrounded by berry bushes that have turned red with autumn's arrival, Nugget Pond is the perfect place to watch Denali in the morning cool.

From the steps of the lodge at Camp Denali lies exquisite Nugget Pond and one of the best views of Denali

From the steps of the lodge at Camp Denali lies exquisite Nugget Pond and one of the best views of Denali

Aerial view of Denali's stream beds that carry the sediment and stone ground by the glaciers and snow atop the nearby mountain...

Aerial view of Denali's stream beds that carry the sediment and stone ground by the glaciers and snow atop the nearby mountain.

Denali's riverways glisten below

Denali's riverways glisten below

The peaks of Denali reach more than 20,000'

The peaks of Denali reach more than 20,000'

Clouds form almost daily around Denali's peak as the moist air from the Pacific is forced up and into the subzero air that surrounds...

Clouds form almost daily around Denali's peak as the moist air from the Pacific is forced up and into the subzero air that surrounds the mountain's highest peaks.

Denali Black and White

Denali Black and White

A flightseeing plane is dwarfed in the Denali mountainscape

A flightseeing plane is dwarfed in the Denali mountainscape

A high mountain ridge guards the entrance to Denali's peaks

A high mountain ridge guards the entrance to Denali's peaks

An ode to Ansel Adams who photographed this scene of Wonder Lake and Mount Denali in 1947 and marveled then that "Alaska is one...

An ode to Ansel Adams who photographed this scene of Wonder Lake and Mount Denali in 1947 and marveled then that "Alaska is one of the most impressive reservoirs of beauty and wilderness - an inexhaustible resource for creative interpretation."

McKinley Creek

McKinley Creek

Miles of blueberry bushes carpet the shores of Wonder Lake as the Alaskan Range and Mount Denali catch the morning sun.

Miles of blueberry bushes carpet the shores of Wonder Lake as the Alaskan Range and Mount Denali catch the morning sun.

A large boulder is a reminder of the glacial forces that shaped the Denali landscape

A large boulder is a reminder of the glacial forces that shaped the Denali landscape

Termination Dust, as the first snow is called, coats Denali and the ridges below it, above Wonder Lake

Termination Dust, as the first snow is called, coats Denali and the ridges below it, above Wonder Lake

From the shoreline of Wonder Lake, Denali stands clear this September morning.

From the shoreline of Wonder Lake, Denali stands clear this September morning.

The Alaskan Range and Mount Denali beckon in the distance beyond Nugget Pond

The Alaskan Range and Mount Denali beckon in the distance beyond Nugget Pond

Denali Portrait

Denali Portrait

Denali Beckons

Denali Beckons

Golden leaves, red berry bushes, blue skies and a clear view of Mount Denali

Golden leaves, red berry bushes, blue skies and a clear view of Mount Denali

Reflection Pond Panorama

Reflection Pond Panorama