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Alaska's Mt Denali 2

At 20,320 ft Mt Denali (McKinley) is North America's highest peak. Denali NP is a mixed forest, a taiga of conifers at lowest elevations; tundra at middle elevations; glaciers, rock, and snow at highest elevations.

www.nps.gov/dena/index.htm Denali National Park Service

gilestown.blogspot.com/2008/07/story-of-denali-great-one.... Story of Denali the Great One

www.alaskapublic.org/2012/04/23/denali-exhibit-at-anchora... Anchorage Museum Explores Denali

 

Many visit Denali National Park hoping to see Mt Denali (McKinley). Only one out of three see it due to cloud cover. I was one of the lucky ones. It is truly astounding, made hauntingly beautiful by the surrounding landscape.

 

On an 8 hour narrated bus tour winding 53 miles into Denali NP, Mt Denali glistened in the changing light, vanished for a few moments then reappeared as the bus rounded another curve in the road. We stopped here for one last look at Mt Denali, about 30 miles away at this point. It was 73 degrees on August 13, 2013. Anchorage and Fairbanks were having a record breaking heat wave. (7:40 PM)

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Taken on August 13, 2013