Rock Creek Trail to the Sled Dog Demonstration


The culture of sled dogs and “mushing” is an interesting part of life in Alaska. The National Park Service in Denali has a kennel of sled dogs that they use for patrols and hauling supplies through the winter. Motorized vehicles aren’t allowed in the wilderness areas, so the dogs give the rangers a solid means […]

A Snowy Bus Trip to Wonder Lake


The end of the season was here, and Jackie and I still hadn’t been out to Wonder Lake. We’d gotten a permit for McGonagall Pass as our last backpacking trip, but that trip got cancelled because of the weather and other circumstances. So as a consolation prize we booked the simple shuttle bus trip to […]

Primrose Ridge and Mount Margaret


A season in Denali National Park goes by so fast. Suddenly in late August it was crunch-time to fit in our last activities before the bus system was due to close in early September. One of the very first hikes recommended to me was Primrose Ridge. It probably has great wildflowers in the spring, but […]