Rock formations continued from the previous page.
MT. HEALY RIDGE
Lots of folks hike about 2.5 miles up the relatively steep trail to the Healy
Overlook but few of them continue along the scenic ridge up in the tundra.
It's actually easier to hike a mile or more along the
ridge and back down to the overlook. The trail is good and there is less
elevation gain and loss than the lower part of the trail. There are also
some cool rock formations to observe or climb. Like the Savage Alpine
Trail, the Healy Ridge Trail goes up and over some of the formations and
arcs around others.
Here are photos of some of the rock
formations along the ridge:
Above and below: two examples where
the trail goes up and over the rocks
Some of the rock formations are more colorful or have
interesting characteristics like layering:
COLORFUL OR UNUSUAL INDIVIDUAL ROCKS
I'm even more interested in individual rocks that are different
in some way or have pretty colors. There are plenty of those in Denali National
These photos show some of the variety that you
can find right along the trails already mentioned:
SAVAGE ALPINE TRAIL
Above and below: quartz-like
rock with interesting patterns of algae and/or lichens
MT. HEALY RIDGE (IN THE TUNDRA)
Lots of rocks look like this pretty white
This chunk looks like petrified wood.
Swirls of color and pattern
Above and below: Streaks of gold
Striated gold slab
Pretty combination of gold and pink
Above and below: golds, greens,
blue-grays, a pretty mosaic of minerals and lichens
Pretty color mix of rock minerals and lichens
This colorful mix is my favorite.
CREEK & RIVER ROCKS
You can also find colorful and interesting rocks in and along
Denali's streams. Here are some examples:
Above and below: crystal clear stream at
Teklanika River Campground
Above and below: unusual rocks along
the Savage River Loop Trail
If you go to Denali and do any hiking, keep your eyes out for
interesting natural details. You can see so much more while walking than cycling or driving.
Next entry: tips for maximizing your trip to Denali National Park
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup
© 2015 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil