Where McKinley Would Be
June 09, 2006 | Denali National Park
From this spot, Stony Hill, on the Denali National Park Road you would be able to see Mount McKinley on a clear day. You can in fact see the low foothills of what is North America's tallest mountain. So I was part of the 30 percent of the visitors that gets to see anything at all - I was lucky! The following morning I was able to see the top proportion of the mountain, but not the lower, so I almost saw all of it!
The land on this part of the trip is clearly tundra with its soft, sponge-like consistency. Essentially the ground is quite soft and warm for the first few inches, but below that it is frozen solid...this is the reason that there are no large trees or plants in this area.
If you continue on the road show above it takes you to Wonder Lake, a misquito infested lake with spectacular views of Mount McKinley (on a clear day) and the surrounding Alaska Range.