Trips: Denali Fall 2019

Reflection Pond Classic

Reflection Pond Classic

Carved by glaciers thousands of years ago, kettle ponds like Reflection Pond dot the Denali landscape

Carved by glaciers thousands of years ago, kettle ponds like Reflection Pond dot the Denali landscape

A kettle of sand cranes ride the thermals higher and higher above Denali as they begin their migration south

A kettle of sand cranes ride the thermals higher and higher above Denali as they begin their migration south

A handful of blueberries.

A handful of blueberries.

Denali's waters reflect the blue skies above, with stands of aspen along the shores.

Denali's waters reflect the blue skies above, with stands of aspen along the shores.

A bird's eye view of Denali's fascinating river structure

A bird's eye view of Denali's fascinating river structure

Denali panorama in black and white

Denali panorama in black and white

Most days Denali is obscured by clouds like these just beginning to form around its peak this morning

Most days Denali is obscured by clouds like these just beginning to form around its peak this morning

Denal's peak is cloaked in the pink light of early dawn

Denal's peak is cloaked in the pink light of early dawn

Three carribou cross the Denali autumn landscape

Three carribou cross the Denali autumn landscape

A male carribou leads the way

A male carribou leads the way

A young grizzly searches for ground squirrels

A young grizzly searches for ground squirrels

Young Denali Grizzly

Young Denali Grizzly

A grizzly licks its lips in anticipation

A grizzly licks its lips in anticipation

Autumn Road in Alaska

Autumn Road in Alaska

Autumn Along the Chulitna River

Autumn Along the Chulitna River

A large bull moose emerges from the willow thicket

A large bull moose emerges from the willow thicket

It is the September rut, and this large male is determined to send off a younger male.

It is the September rut, and this large male is determined to send off a younger male.

A short-eared owl looks for rodents

A short-eared owl looks for rodents

Thorofare Pass and Gorge Creek

Thorofare Pass and Gorge Creek

WInter's arrival above fall's brief and fading color palette

WInter's arrival above fall's brief and fading color palette

An aerial approach to Denali reveals the glacial river paths, volcanic origins and immensity of Denali

An aerial approach to Denali reveals the glacial river paths, volcanic origins and immensity of Denali

The eastern face of Denali in the clear of mid morning

The eastern face of Denali in the clear of mid morning

An aerial view of the north and south peaks of Denali

An aerial view of the north and south peaks of Denali

The high ridges guarding Denali's peaks are buried deep in snow

The high ridges guarding Denali's peaks are buried deep in snow

The strong winds that rush across Denali shape the deep snows like so many swirls of whipped cream

The strong winds that rush across Denali shape the deep snows like so many swirls of whipped cream

Almost to the Top - a view of the volcanic origins of Denali

Almost to the Top - a view of the volcanic origins of Denali

Fortress Denali

Fortress Denali

The western face of Denali rises above the clouds in the late afternoon

The western face of Denali rises above the clouds in the late afternoon

The steep walls and canyons along Denali's eastern face

The steep walls and canyons along Denali's eastern face

HIdden Views of Denali

HIdden Views of Denali

Heavy snows are loaded on the western face of the ridges leading to Denali's peaks

Heavy snows are loaded on the western face of the ridges leading to Denali's peaks

Denali's Approach

Denali's Approach

Mineral and water deposits color the Denali floor

Mineral and water deposits color the Denali floor

Glacial path leading to the west from Mount Denali

Glacial path leading to the west from Mount Denali

Late afternoon sun on Mount Denali

Late afternoon sun on Mount Denali