We would appreciate any advice from TAs that have hiked in Denali. We are traveling to Alaska for the first time in the first week of september and will be in Denali for two full days. We are 26&28, in good shape and have good experience hiking in the lower 48. However no experience hiking without obvious trails and we are semi comfortable with reading maps with compassess.
We have purchased books and searched online for thw best hikes in the park and there is just so many it is hard to pick! we are looking for day hikes with the best views in the house!
So far, we made a reservation for an early bus out into the park (6:45am) to wonder lake. we are hoping to get there at 6pm, set up camp so we wont have to haul stuff around and go for a quick hike before the sun sets. we could, however for the sake of a good hike, get off the buss early and hike first. the next day we plan to take another early bus back to another campsite, maybe igloo? where we could spend the full day hiking after setting camp again. from what i understand we can hop on and off the bus to take us to areas where hikes begin. after the second night we could also spend half a day hiking before we get out of the park and go on with our drive to fairbanks.
we are hoping for clear weather to get some great shots of mt mckinley, the lake, animals etc. cannot waith for the views, colors, air and solitude :) some hikes on the list include polychrome pass, stony dome, and the eilson area, but we have no ideas really for the wonder lake area. any ideas, pointers and advice are much appreciated!