While hiking the Enchantments Through Hike with old high school pal Shannon McMillan, I wanted to bag a bulger or two. We met up with three students from Ohio State University Medical school who were camping at Stuart Lake as we were on the final several hundred feet to Asgard Pass and asked if they wanted to join us on the through hike. As we crested Asgard Pass, I saw that Dragontail still had a steep patch of snow on the scramble route, and alas I did not bring an ice axe on this trip.
We pushed on from Aasgard Pass and began to descend the upper Core Zone. We had a lunch break and filtered water at Tranquil Lake and Abby, Molly, and McKenzie agree to join Shannon and me on the through hike. This was fortuitous as it allowed me to go for a summit bid up Little Annapurna. Last year on my solo through-hike I lacked the time and energy to bag Little Annapurna, so I was quite happy to have the time to ascend the peak this trip. I parted with the ladies at the Snow Creek camping spot, planning to later rejoin with them at Lake Viviane, as the path down from the lake was a bit more challenging, and I have the scrambling skills and experience of the trail down from my through-hike last year to make the descent a bit more safe and enjoyable.
Views of Upper Core Zone Lakes – I love the hues of the blue waters.
It was about here where we parted ways and I made my bid to summit Little Annapurna.
The path to the summit of Little Annapurna is a moderately steep, boot path well marked by cairns. Nothing technical and no scramble moves, unless you go off the path to find your own adventure.
Some final summit shots below as I made my descent
What an amazing summit – views of the Enchantments and the entire Teanaway. It was time for me to make my way down and rejoin my friends at Lake Viviane.