Sarah and I had plans to go for our first backpacking trip of the season last weekend, unfortunately, the weather forecast for around the Chugach Range was a mix of green and blue — rain and snow. That made our plans a little less appealing.
After a little bit of digging, it looked like all of the green (rain) was going to be stuck south of the Alaska Range, which I’ve illustrated below. You’ll notice Denali as the big one (not to scale, necessarily). So we made the smart decision (chickened-out) and high-tailed it to Denali National Park which is on the north slope of the Alaska Range.
It was Memorial Day weekend so we only ran into a little bit of snow.
Once in the park, we were greeted with pretty clear skies, some pretty assertive wind, and some pretty fantastic scenery. We didn’t see Denali itself, but that’s about par for the course. We did get to see caribou, Dall sheep, arctic ground squirrels, moose, and harlequin ducks, so that was pretty cool. We found ourselves repeatedly saying something along the lines of, “Can you believe we live here?”
Look at some pretty pictures: