Denali National Park's diverse natural ecosystems -- meadows,
mountains, forests, taiga, tundra, lakes, marshes, bogs, riverbeds --
result in a wide spectrum of plants, including wildflowers, during
the short spring, summer, and fall seasons.
Alpine forget-me-not, Alaska's
state flower (Mt. Margaret, 7-25-15)
I'm always on the lookout for flowers when I'm hiking. I've probably
seen at least fifty different species of wildflowers in Denali during
our trips to the park in August, 2012 and July, 2015 but I haven't
photographed that many different ones.
In this entry I'll show some of the pictures of wildflowers I've taken in Denali
this month, then add a few different ones I took later in the summer in 2012.
I'll identify as many of them as possible.
Most of these flowers I've seen in multiple locations in the park.
For simplicity I'll just give the location where each specific photo was taken.
BLUE & PURPLE FLOWERS
Let's start with FIREWEED, which is
so ubiquitous it should be Alaska's state flower. It's simply
gorgeous at its peak this time of year and flourishes in a
variety of different places from gravel riverbeds to mountain ridges
Along the park road, with Denali
in the distance (7-15-15)
Savage River Trail
Alpine Trail at Eielson, with
Denali a little closer (7-21-15)
Mt. Healy ridge (7-24-15)
There is also a shorter version of fireweed that grows in Denali. I took
this photo on my Discovery Hike in the Stony Creek area about Mile 60 on
the park road. This is one of a couple dozen wildflowers I photographed
Dwarf fireweed (Stony Creek area, 7-15-15)
Another beautiful flower that flourishes in Denali early
in the summer is LUPINE. Most have already peaked at lower elevations but I found
several still blooming in Riley Creek Campground today:
Here are some other pretty blue and purple flowers I've seen in the last
two weeks at Denali:
Mountain harebells (Mt. Margaret, 7-25-15)
Mountain bluebells (Stony Creek mountain
Moss gentian (Stony Creek mountain slope,
Monkshood (Savage Alpine
Siberian asters (along park road in
Polychrome area, 7-22-15)
Tall Jacob's ladder
(Savage River Loop Trail, 7-17-15)
PINK & RED FLOWERS
Pink Plumes bistort
(Stony Creek mountain slope, 7-15-15)
Above and below: Elegant paintbrush/Figwort
family (Stony Creek area, 7-15-15)
Pale corydalis (Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, 7-24-15)
(Savage Alpine Trail, 7-16-15)
YELLOW & ORANGE FLOWERS
Arctic poppy (Stony Creek riverbed, 7-15-15)
Arctic poppy close-up (Eielson Alpine Trail,
Lessing's arnica (Stony Creek
(Teklanika River Campground bog, 7-22-15)
(Mt. Margaret, 7-25-15)
Black-tipped groundsel (along the road
in Polychrome area, 7-22-15)
Close-up of black-tipped groundsel
(Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, 7-24-15)
Arctic butterweed/aster family (Mt.
Lots more flowers
continued on the next page.
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup
© 2015 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil