Denali National Park & Preserve

Denali National Park & Preserve

Scenic Spots in Denali

Big Creek/Igloo Mountain

The area is a mixture of hills, river valleys, and mountains with many colors and textures. The drainages, such as Big Creek, tend to be open in the upper reaches, but quite brushy down low, with thick spruce stands. The Teklanika is a large, well-braided river winding down from ...

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Foggy and Easy Pass

This unit is similar to unit 16, but it is even harder to access. The unit includes two major passes, Foggy Pass and Easy Pass. These passes do not traverse the Alaska Range, but rather run east to west between glacial valleys. These passes are steep and consist of ...

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Jenny Creek

This area consists of a ridge running west from park headquarters (Mile 3) to the Savage River (Mile 15). The ridge top is mostly dry tundra, with some boggy patches on the lower slopes. There are two large glacial erratics along the ridge south of headquarters. Take notice of ...

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Kantishna Hills

The Kantishna Hills consist of a 30-mile chain of low mountains running from Brooker Mountain (west of Wonder Lake) northeast to the Toklat River. The ridgelines are covered with tundra, while the low-lying areas consist of taiga forest. Directions Mile 88 (North of Wonder Lake) to the Kantishna ...

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McGonagall Pass

This unit is a corridor to the Muldrow Glacier, and the route first used to ascend Denali. Most of the ground between river drainages is a mixture of wet and dry tundra with many ponds. Numerous small hills and mounds make travel strenuous. The climb up to the pass ...

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McKinley Bar East

This unit is a thin strip of land between the north bank of the McKinley River and the park road. Much of this unit consists of gentle rolling hills with heavy brush and intermittent tundra swamps. The terminus of the Muldrow Glacier, consisting primarily of gravel, is at the ...

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McKinley Bar West

This unit is located west of Wonder Lake, at the end of the park road. It is a tremendous area for bird and beaver watching as well as viewing Denali. The vegetation in this area is mostly heavy brush and wet tundra, but higher elevations are drier and thinner. ...

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Mount Eielson

Miles 66.1-71.5, Eielson Visitor Center, or Eielson Bluffs. Directions Mount Eielson rises almost 6000?, and commands a spectacular view of the Alaska Range and the lower Muldrow Glacier. Glacier Creek flows along the eastern edge of the Muldrow Glacier, feeding the Thorofare River. This portion of the Muldrow Glacier is covered ...

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Mount Galen

Mount Galen is a dome shaped peak rising over 5,000 feet. The southwestern flanks of Galen are scattered with low brush and dry tundra. The other faces are steep and rocky. The climb to the top is strenuous, but one is rewarded with amazing views of the Alaska Range ...

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Mount Healy

Mount Healy is actually a ridge that runs east-west, and reaches elevations of up to 6,000 feet. The top of the ridge is mostly loose rock with jagged peaks and spires. Following the ridge from one end to the other is possible, but is quite challenging. Lower elevations consist ...

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Mount Wright

This unit is comprised of the lower Sanctuary River Canyon, and the high slopes of Mt. Wright and Primrose Ridge. The Sanctuary River flows in one channel beneath thick spruce forests on Mt. Wright and Primrose. The top of Mt. Wright and Primrose Ridge offer flat, dry tundra where numerous ...

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Mt. McKinley, Alaska Range

Denali National Park offers access to some of the most spectacular peaks in the Alaska Range. The climbing season in Denali is extremely short, with most of the mountaineering happening in May and June. The physical environment surrounding Denali can be among the harshest on Earth. Climbers must be ...

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Pirate Creek

With the McKinley River and the Muldrow Glacier as borders, this unit is extremely difficult to access. The portion of the Muldrow comprising the eastern boundary is very rugged, with high scree and ice slopes, and numerous streams flowing over exposed ice. The McKinley River is a large river ...

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Polychrome Glaciers

The Polychrome Glaciers are finger-like, hanging glaciers that extend from the north facing slopes along the Alaska Range. Many wide gravel bars, originating at the bases of the glaciers, converge before the East Fork Bridge. The northwestern section of the unit is known as the ?Plains of Murie?. Polychrome ...

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Polychrome Mountain

The East Fork River runs through a varied terrain of high hills and steep slopes. In many areas, the slopes of the Outer Range are totally exposed, giving the hiker a good view of the geological processes that created the range. Rock colors range from black-grey to bright orange. ...

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