We drove to Talkeetna in order to take a glacier landing flight into the park. We had a special deal for a group of eight on the last flight of the day. Our timing was perfect in between the rain showers. We not only were able to see Denali, but also land on the Ruth Glacier and fly back through the Ruth Glacier Gorge. Afterwards we ate dinner in Talkeetna and drove back to McKinley Village.
At Talkeetna Air Taxi all ready to go, Steve, Teresa, Madeleine, Kimber, Olivia, Nancy, Rob and Don
Heading to the plane, a DeHaviland Otter.
Our pilot giving the preflight briefing.
Crossing the Parks Highway that connects Anchorage and Fairbanks.
This is actually the terminus of the Ruth Glacier with forest and kettle ponds on top of stagnant ice.
Climbing to 13,000 ft. above the cumulus cloud deck we were rewarded with a view of Denali.
Terminus of a small glacier.
Headwall of one of the glacial cirques.
Approaching the Mooses Tooth with the Ruth Glacier Amphitheater behind.
Icefall feeding the Ruth Glacier
Denali rising above the Ruth Glacier
The Root Canal, sometimes used as an airfield for climbers.
Forward view as we were landing through the Gateway.
Denali from the landing site.
Steve, Olivia, Madeleine, Teresa, Kimber, Rob, Nancy and Don
Our pilot, Rob, Kimber and Teresa in front of the Mooses Tooth
Mountain induced wave clouds
Zoomed in view of Denali
Unnamed peaks to the east
Group view with the aircraft just before the return trip.
Entering the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier
Exiting the Great Gorge
Supraglacial pond on top of the lower Ruth Glacier
The main outlet stream of the Ruth glacier bubbling up from under the ice.
A colored stream in the outwash plain below the glacier.
Chulitna River, and muskeg
Rain moving into the Talkeetna area as we cross the Susitna River. We got back just in time.
Back on the ground, Kimber decides she wants her own airplane.
The famous Talkeetna Roadhouse. One of their pies sold for $500 at the Denali Education Center Auction.
Having dinner in Talkeetna