The Denali Highway – Mountains and Landscape

Denali-Highway-mountain-landscapeThe Alaska Range follows a broad arc for 650 miles, from Cook Inlet on Alaska’s west coast through the Denali massif and onward to the Canadian border. The Denali Highway passes through alpine tundra, paralleling this band of mountains to the south. Peaks like Mt. Hayes at 13,832′, Hess at 11,940′, and Mt. Deborah at 12,339′ dominate the skyline.

To the southeast, the Wrangell Mountains rise even higher. Although almost 80 miles away, Mt. Sanford at 16,237′ rises prominently, flanked by Mt Drum and Mt. Wrangell. As the northernmost active volcano on the Pacific Rim, Wrangell may at any time be venting steam into the Arctic air.


Land glaciers or snowfields

Land-glaciers-or-snowfieldsThe territories are not capped, of course, only in winter. Regions of Araucania and Patagonia have perpetual snow, ie, cover their mountainous areas throughout the year. Even elsewhere in the world unless you can find snow cold in summer, but will be an old snow, debris left in height of the winter season. Therefore, either hiking or trekking in the winter and summer version, it is known as running in snow.

It will be useful then to know the types of snow, because each has a feature that involve a type of foot traffic or another. In any case, the key to know is that a patch of snow is more or less hazardous depending on its hardness, the slope of the ground cover, texture and relief of its surface, and the consequences involving a fall on it. Thus, one should bear in mind that: