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Top 3 Ansel Adams Hikes and Reader Photos

The legendary shooter once said that photographs were "usually looked at, seldom looked into." Take a look into three hikes that inspired some of Ansel Adams greatest photos, and take a few pictures yourself.
destinations november 09 denali np baunton Dnali NP, AK (Photo Credit: Brett Baunton)

Denali NP, AK
Bag (a shot of) america’s tallest peak.

In the 1940s, Adams embarked on several federally funded trips to shoot national parks and monuments. It’s a majestic portfolio, to be sure, but his Denali shots stand out above all others. Set up your own winner on this march to 5,417-foot Mt. Healy. You’ll gain 1,700 feet in 2.5 miles on the Mt. Healy Overlook Trail (start across the road from the visitor center on AK 3). Steep switchbacks begin at treeline; bear right at an intersection just beyond to reach the summit. The Great One dominates the entire southwestern horizon. Shot tip: Emphasize the mountain’s mass by centering Denali and making sure the peak touches, but does not fill, the top third of your frame. Clouds help define elevation.

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Head to the College Coffeehouse in Fairbanks for Wi-Fi and live music. collegecoffeehousefairbanks.com

The Way
From Healy, take AK 3 (the George Parks Highway) 12 miles south to the Denali Visitor Center.

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