Polychrome Pass

Polychrome Pass

June 09, 2006 | Denali National Park

If you can't see Mount McKinley on a visit to Denali National Park - make sure you at least see Polychrome Pass. Perched on the side of Polychrome Mountain, this lookout, over looks the Plains of Murie, named after a famous conservationist who studied Caribou at the Park. The Plains of Murie were formed by glaciers and fast running water creating alluvial terraces. In the far distance you can see Mount Pendleton (7,840 ft) and other peaks in the Alaska Range. These are the northeast mountains in the range.

Polychrome gets its name from the colorful hillside. Note the deep reds, yellows, and browns. Next time I visit Denali I would like to go in the fall when this area's land changes to even deeper and richer colors.

I could have spent years just sitting at edge of Polychrome looking at this scene - If I had a window overlooking any scene in the world, this would be it.


Nikon D70

18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor

Shutter and f/stop
1/180 sec. @ f/11.0

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