We continued our hike toward the shelf overlook after crossing the creek and a fun encounter with Willow Ptarmigan. (click here to see previous posts)
While hiking in the wilderness it is always advisable to be on the lookout for grizzlies. A large group like this makes enough noise with movement to pretty well let any wildlife know humans are around, however, chest high willows can obscure the view of a feeding bear or even a sleeping bear.
Grizzly bears are omnivores and eat foliage and berries along with meat. Below you see a stand of soapberries, a favored food in August and September. (Not a flavor I enjoyed!)
Above and below, the fire red autumn leaves of the Fireweed.
Above and below, tall cotton grass.
Below, flowering Sitka Burnet
The caribou have already begun their migration, but have left behind trodden trails and an occasional hoof print (below).
Next: Discovery Hike IV and more about the Arctic Ground Squirrel
For more information about Denali's caribou herd click the link.
And for an incredible read about caribou: Being Caribou by Karsten Huer. Visit the Being Caribou website.
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Click this link to view all my posts on Denali National Park and Preserve. To see all posts on my visit to Alaska in the fall of 2012, visit Alaska
Denali National Park and Preserve
Alaska wild berries