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Alaska’s National Parks: From Denali to Kenai

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Lori Wolski Apr 10, 2014 at 03:01 AM

I am going on the July 27th trip. Anyone go on this trip end of July through beginning of August? What do you suggest for footwear and clothing?
John Rottersman Apr 11, 2014 at 07:31 PM

Lori, see my note to Carole below. Layers are critical and having a day pack to carry them in important. Never leave on an excursion without a short sleeve shirt, sweat shirt, and rain jacket/shell. I'd recommend 2 pairs of shoes in case one gets wet. One can be hiking boots, but they aren't really necessary.


Carole Eade Apr 04, 2014 at 01:24 PM

Sorry about the typos! I should have re-read it first. I was hoping there would be no mosquitos or crowds at the beginning of June.
John Rottersman Apr 04, 2014 at 01:58 PM

Carole, We did this trip in July 2012 and loved it. Weather can be quite variable, especially since you will be at different altitudes and areas. I'd suggest always carrying layers in a day pack with you. This includes sweat shirt, rain jacket which can be used as a shell over the sweatshirt if it is windy, light weight gloves, and hat. We encountered mosquitoes twice on our program, and when they did, they were quite hungry! Always carry mosquito repellant with you. We never saw any crowds...Denali is off the normal tourist routes! Have a great trip.
Helen Sternheim Apr 04, 2014 at 02:56 PM

Photos from June 2004 http://umassk12.net/mort/AlaskaEH/alaska.htm


Carole Eade Apr 04, 2014 at 01:22 PM

I am going on the June 1 program. Does anyone have an idea of what the weather is like during the lst week in Danali. I just read that it is only starting to green without many wildflowers. What about dress? Layers? I picked the begging of June because I thought the weather would be nice and there were be no mosquitos or crowds. Any comments? I'm from Novato and there are 3 of us going.
Helen Sternheim Apr 04, 2014 at 02:55 PM

We went in mid June 2004. I know It got hot and I bought a pair of shorts.


Susan Smith Jun 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Hi to the July 14 Denali/Kenai group. I'm taking the train to Denali on the 14th. Would anyone like to meet up for that trip?
Susan Smith, Albuquerque


Anne Rodkin Jun 14, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Have registered for this Denali and Kenai trip for August 31, 2014, and while I've selected option 2 for now, would prefer option 1 if I can find a friendly roomie.

I'm so excited about this trip, even though it's more than a year off. As a nature and wildlife photography nut, I can't think of another place I'd rather be with my camera.
Priscilla Williams Jun 18, 2013 at 07:04 PM

Go for it Anne! I had a very good roommate on the Alaska trip which I just returned from on the 7th of June. Always have good luck with my roommates. It is a beautiful trip and should be quite green for you in August. In May-June it was just starting to green up.
Anne Rodkin Jun 19, 2013 at 08:11 AM

Thank you Priscilla. Alaska has been at the top of my "bucket list" for as long as I can remember, and I'm so excited!! Glad to hear you enjoyed the trip. Did you take the train to Denali? I'm thinking of flying to Anchorage and taking the train from there (the upgraded service)


Linda Ann Kwak Jun 12, 2013 at 02:01 PM

I took this trip last year in August. It was more beautiful than I imagined. Anyone going should have a great time. Be sure to pack a camera. Denali did not fully come out from the clouds the day we were there, but she showed enough of herself so we could see her majesty.


Mary Sheehan May 30, 2013 at 02:52 PM

Joyce,

I fly into Fairbanks on the 12th and take the train to Denali on the 14th. I will spend the 12th and 13th at the Hampton Inn in Fairbanks so I looks like we miss each other in Fairbanks. I look forward to meeting you on the 14th.


Mary Sheehan May 09, 2013 at 05:06 PM

I am a single woman from Seattle going on the July 14th trip. Any other Seattlites going on that trip?
Joyce Yu May 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Travelling from Brooklyn but I am leaving from Seattle on July 9th late evening and taking train on morning of 11th.


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