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Denali for 4 days - appreciate advice on itinerary

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My family is spending 13 days in Alaska from Aug 6-18. We fly into Anchorage and are planning 4 days in Denali NP before heading off to Glenallen and then down to the Prince William Sound. We love the outdoors, hiking, wildlife and birding in particular. We have ordered a copy of Ike Waits's Denali hiking book.

Here is our initial cut at a plan for our Denali days:

Day 1 (from Anchorage):
- Early start; drive up Hwy 3 towards Denali
- Stop in Talkeetna
- Reach Denali National Park just before lunchtime
- Hike Mount Healy Overlook near Denali Park Entrance (4.5miles)
- Savage River hike (2 miles)
- Drive to Teknainika Campground (3 day camping stay)

Day 2:
- Hike Tattler Creek/Sable Mtn (5m)
- Hike Cathedral Mountain (3m)
- Back to Campground for Ranger program (7pm)

Day 3:
- Shuttle bus to Eieleson Visitors Center (M66)
- Hike Thorofare Ridge#2 (5m)
- Hike Stony Dome (4m)
- Short walks around Eieleson Visitors Center(if time)

Day 4:
- Hike Polychrome #1 (2.5m)
- Whitewater Rafting on Nenana River (afternoon)

Some questions:
1. We selected the 6 hikes above based on Tripadvisor reviews. Will these give us a good feel for the park or are there others we should consider instead?
2. Can we do these hikes with the Ike Waits book (which I understand has topographic maps) and a compass?
3. We do not make it to Wonder Lake/Reflection Pond. How much of a "miss" would this be?
4. Whitewater Rafting: we are later going down the Seward Highway. How does Nenana River compare with Six Mile Creek for scenery and the rafting experience?
5. Is it worth trying to fit in the dog sled demo?

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