in Denali National Park is almost 24 hours long
during most of June and July. Flashlights are therefore seldom
|The main park visitor
centers and bus stops may be
crowded; the park in general is not. Reservations at
campgrounds and for park bus seats help insure a good wilderness
in the park, wildlife viewing and photography of "the
5" (moose, Dall sheep, caribou, wolf, grizzly bear)are highly probable.
Marine mammals (Beluga whale and Harbor seal) have been sighted in the
|All animals are wild and
should be treated with a healthy
respect, at a distance.
Creek campground is
at an elevation of 1800 feet, and
degrees,43'49.1" north latitude.
|Most hiking is done at
fairly low elevations - under 5000
Trails for the most part do not exist for people; animal trails can be
common and should be avoided by hikers.
can be in the
80's and 90's, though not that
often, and morning temps can start in the 40's. And the weather
in summer can bring crystal clear skies, rain or even snow.
Thunderstorms are rare.
|Ryley Creek and Grizzly
Bear campgrounds are wooded -
spruces. Wonder Lake campground and most of the park are above tree
river crossing in the AM
is far safer than crossing the
river in the PM when glacier melt can raise water levels considerably;
crossing can become very cold and very dangerous.
|Glacier streams are too
silty for fish to survive.
eagles usually stay south of the park for this reason, and grizzly
bears in the park do not get as big as their southern cousins who have
a heavy fish diet.
park program will
educate all of us about dealing safely
bear and moose encounters.
|You have seen bugs like
this before in New Hampshire.
you haven't, you will see them in Alaska. Breezes usually keep
except near wetter areas, like Wonder Lake.
is the largest
state you will ever visit; the
grizzly is the
largest bear you will ever see; Mount McKinley, the largest mountain in
North America, is so massive it makes its own weather.
|When the wind picks up, on
socked-in days, clearing
usually follow (park ranger wisdom). It can be foggy in the
may get off park buses
at any time (except near
hike (except Sable Pass - high bear activity), or get on another bus
that will slow down when you flag it (except if full). Then you
must wait for another bus.
|In case of accident or
sickness, medical facilities are in
town of Healy.
are usually more
than 100 wolves in the park - 16 to
packs, and the largest wolf is 150 to 160 pounds...a big boy.
Different color phases occur, from silver to sable and in between.
|Older grizzly bears can be
very "blond"; the largest in the
over 600 pounds. "Spring cubs" are this year's newborn bears;
rarely are there more than 2 per sow. (We witnessed the only
triplet cubs born in the park in 1995 and 2003!)
track of time
during days that seem to have no
no end makes a watch handy. A good compass and altimeter, 2-way
radios, GPS unit and even a cell phone (very limited use near towns)
can be put to good use while in camp and in the backcountry.
|The Muldrow glacier, along
the base of Mount McKinley, is
miles long; glaciers form where snowfall exceeds the rate of
melting, and slowly flow like frozen rivers; 100,000 may exist in
Alaska, and many (because glacial ice does not absorb blue color, it
reflects it) are an intense blue, especially on cloudy days