Steve and Connie's Alaska Roadtrip 2015 travel blog

Mount Healy. Other photos were taken on the trail to the top

Mt Healy overlook trail

View from near the top. Probably the clearest day we can expect

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Hiked the Mt Healy Overlook trail, then went to Healy for a cold beer. The trail is 4.4 miles with a 1700 foot elevation change. In our younger days, we would have gone on another afterward, but that elevation change reminds me that I am old and fat and would rather be drinking a cold beer. We had a day as clear as we could have hoped for. No smoke, but a few clouds. Still hot except at the top of the mountain. I will attempt to post some pix from the day.

Hwy 3 passes in front of the park. No other way to get there by road. HUGE construction project on that road makes every road trip, no matter how short, quite a chore. We will have to take that same road to Anchorage, and we will spend hours in line waiting for pilot vehicles to guide us from point A to point B. All the vehicles here look like they participated in a mud bog, which in fact they did.

Denali is a beautiful park, but it is a park for animals, not people. It is several million acres, but only the first 15 miles can be accessed by private vehicle. There are a variety of busses and shuttles to take you to other areas of the park, but it is not practical logistically. For instance, if you are interested in a ranger-led hike from the second visitor center 61 miles inside the park, you must buy a bus ticket for $35 per person to get to that visitor center. The bus ride takes 6 hours each way. If your hike will take 6 to 8 hours to complete, you are going to have a long day. And that doesn't include allowing an extra hour for road construction outside the park. 12 hours of riding the bus for 8 hours of hiking is not so appealing to us. And there is no food or water in the park except at the visitor center. The last point in the park accessible by shuttle is around 90 miles. Not sure how long that bus ride is, probably 8 hours each way, but we won't be taking it. We did arrange for a tour bus tour for tomorrow, but we won't be hiking.

Trying to convince Steve to fly over the park for a better look, but he is off somewhere making excuses for why we shouldn't do it. I will probably decide that myself when I find out how much it costs!

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