"Pure Wilderness" Alaska by Mateosh

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Denali National Park

Denali National Park located in central interior of Alaska is a wilderness area the size of Massachussets. The park contains only one mostly gravel road which bisects it through the middle. Only park vehicles and buses are allowed on the road to minimize traffic. In otherwords to enter the park you must do so on a bus. The best way to see the park is to arrange for a wilderness permit and camp overnight in the wilderness. Just tell the bus driver where you want to go and the bus will drop you there. My brother, friend and I did this and we were dropped off in the tundra section of the park which was known to have a high density of grizzly bears. Since there are no trails we used our topo maps and decided on a route that we hoped would work and it didn't but half the fun was the challenge of guessing where to go and where we were. In the end we survived, saw lots of animals including a grizzly and I nearily fell from a cliff. However, it was an amazing experience.

View of Denali's South Side.

Another View of Denali from North Side

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  • Pros:Wild
  • Cons:Mosquitos
  • In a nutshell:Will Return
  • Last visit to Alaska: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated Jul 14, 2008
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