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.  

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Narrow Passage

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An Alaskan passenger train enters Denali in fall splendor

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Chulitna River

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

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Arrival of autumn's first snow

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Ascending Peaks

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

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Silhouettes

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Wonder Lake

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

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Carpet Close Up

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Cranberries

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Denali Park Road

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Denali Park Road in fall

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

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Denali reflects in Nugget Pond

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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.

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

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Aerial view of Denali's streams

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Denali's riverways glisten below

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The peaks of Denali reach more than 20,000'

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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.

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Denali Black and White

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A flightseeing plane is dwarfed in the Denali mountainscape

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

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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."

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McKinley Creek

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

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

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

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

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

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Denali Portrait

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Denali Beckons

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

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Reflection Pond Panorama