Denali Fall Colors

Discussion in 'Everything Else' started by Tres Westbrook, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. Tres Westbrook

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    In September of 2013, my wife and I, along with my parents, headed up to Alaska for Labor Day week. We rented an RV in Anchorage and drove down the Seward for two days, then to Talkeetna for a couple days, then on to Denali NP for three days. Didn't get to do the backpacking that I had wanted, but we got to hike a little bit and the scenery was wonderful. We happened to hit Denali when the fall colors, which only last about a week or so up there, were at their most brilliant. The only downside was that McKinley stayed hidden in clouds the whole time. But that just gives me a reason to go back. And do some backpacking next time.

    As bad as my eyes are, the whole park looked to me like an impressionist painting.

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    Teklanika River, which Chris McCandless couldn't cross. The Stampede Trail, where he found his bus, is a few miles downstream (behind) this picture.
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    And of course, the obligatory grizzly photo. We saw several every day. Because their diet consists largely of berries, they don't get as big as the ones down in Katmai.
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  2. Joey

    Joey walking somewhere

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    Wow! Really pretty!
     
  3. Ben

    Ben Member

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    finally. this site needs more alaska. i'll have to get on that.
     
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  4. Vegan.Hiker

    Vegan.Hiker TR or it didn't happen

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    That foliage framing those beautiful mountains is an awesome combination.
     
  5. DrNed

    DrNed The mountains are calling and I must go

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    Having read Into The Wild, it's not at all how I had the area pictured. Thanks for sharing!
     
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  6. John Goering

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    Another "wow" and thanks!
     
  7. Laura

    Laura freespirittraveler

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    I was just thinking the same thing! :)
     
  8. Curt

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    I was there a year ago for a couple days. One day was beautiful and it rained all day on the other one. So I think you got lucky on having 3 nice days. I agree that the colors are other-worldly. Definitely technicolor. I enjoyed looking at your pictures.
     
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  9. gnwatts

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    Beautiful photos.
    Thanks for posting.
     
  10. Laura

    Laura freespirittraveler

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    I took this on our first trip to Alaska, and all I knew how to use at the time was my point and shoot Kodak. I would KILL to have these conditions again with my 5D and a tripod!!!! This was taken in Denali National Park, after climbing up some random hill just because it was there. I really, really want to go back!

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  11. Tres Westbrook

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    Gorgeous.
     
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  12. Kmatjhwy

    Kmatjhwy Wilderness Wanderer

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    Nice! Wow! Several years ago made it up to Denali NP and spent a long good time up there. Such a nice place! The fall is soooo gorgeous which your photos bring out. Loved your photos and Thanks.
     
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