We are considering a trip to Alaska the week of Labor Day. The first part of the week would be spent in Girdwood & Seward, and we would be in Denali the later part of the week-- so the final few days before everything closes for the season on September 12. My question is whether this a bad time to go, since it is the tail end of the season? Our main interests are hiking and photography.
We would likely be staying at Camp Denali or North Face Lodge, in case it makes a difference. Ideally we would visit Denali the week before, but these dates are dictated by lodging availability. We could consider staying elsewhere (ideally in the park), but I've already sold myself on Camp Denali/North Face. Given the expense, I'd like to educate myself on the possible negatives of visiting so late in the season. But things are clearly booking up fast, so I need to make a decision soon!
Our alternative is July, but I'm concerned about mosquitos (I understand they are particularly bad in the Katishna area?). Thanks for any advice you can provide!