Beautiful, Beautiful Denali National Park

Red Healy Trail

Denali National Park is gorgeous. I will be posting most of the pictures on flickr (Denali Set) over the next couple of days, but for now I’ll just share some highlight photos. We went on Sunday, September 5, and it looked like it was getting pretty close to the peak foliage color for the season. You can read more about the foliage on Kate’s post. It was overcast the whole time except for a few instances where the sun shown down on parts of the valley or peaks. There was a ‘river’ of yellow aspen trees in the valley below that literally glowed when the sun shown on them.

I got to boulder for the first time in Alaska here on the Healy Overlook Trail. It was probably V0, or V1, but it was hard enough (or I was weak enough) that I had to take my hiking boots off.

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Along with the many awesome sights, there was also plenty of wildlife. I had to stop and wait on the trail for a black bear to finish crossing the path in front of me. I managed to get up close to a couple big ground squirrels who did not mind having their picture taken at all. While driving home we had two wild, yet safe moose encounters to end our day.

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Animal lessons are: moose are quite large animals and yield to bears. Actually, the National Park has a good rule. If the animal changes its behavior because of your presence, you are too close.

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