On a subsequent trip over the Denali, I discovered the Valdez Gold Mine Trail and the fireweed was in full bloom. Fireweed is so called because it is always the first to bloom in a burn out area. A little info on Valdez Gold Mine...it was one of the most profitable in the country while it was operating and is a success story among land reclamation. When you know it exists, you can see the regrown area. If you aren't looking for anything unusual, you'll miss it.