Enchantments Through Hike 09-21-2021

Cover Image: Prusik Peak as viewed from Isolation Lake

Golden Larches in all their technicolor splendor.

I was planning on getting in some more Bulgers and trying to coordinate with a variety of climbing partners: Benson, Enji, Jamie, Erik, Saul, Michael and Daria. I was considering Stuart, however, I know Enji had a permit in the Snow Zone, but dates kept shifting for when to camp when to climb, managing the weather forecast, and schedule. I finally aligned to climb on September 21 aligning with the fall equinox and full moon and good weather window.

Setting off at dawn and making our way to Mountaineers Creek by sunrise.

Cashmere Mountain at sunrise. I climbed it a month earlier.
Colchuck Lake never gets old.

I made it to Lake Colchuck in 2 hours and 15 minutes. A new personal record. I never get tired of seeing the reflection of Dragontail Peak in the blue lake waters.

Cove in the lake. Aasgard Pass aka “Asskick Pass” is in the notch in the distance.
Making my way around the lake, I ran into this Mama Mountain Goat and her Kidd.
Looking up the Colchuck Glacier to the right. I climbed this back in May when the area was snow-covered.

5 months earlier below.

Same view in May
Colchuck Glacier
View across Lake Colchuck
Ascending Aasgard Pass with Cashmere Mountain in the distance and Jabberwocky Tower on the right
The tree island up Aasgard Pass

Views ascending Aasgard Pass. The view of Dragon Tail changes as you climb. I love how the larches are out in full display. First time I have seen them in the Enchantments. Clearly a well-named place! Note that all my photos here, except where noted, have no filters applied. This is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Almost the top of the pass.
I made it in 5 and a half hours!
First views of the Enchantments. Tranquil Lake.
Isolation Lake and Little Annapurna.
First view of Prusik Peak
McClellan looming in the distance.
The color combo of the blues and golds contracted by white and grey granite is amazing.
The famous larches!
Prusik Peak
Insane colors!

Making my way down the upper core zone. Crystal Lake is in the foreground with the lower part of Crystal Lake Tower on the left. Looking South towards enchantment Pass and Nightmare Gorge in the distance.

McClellan Peak on the left and Little Annapurna on the right.
Prusik Peak.The party in the photo just summitted.

Views of Prusik Peak and Perfection Lake

Prusik Peak and Perfection Lake
McClellan Peak – On the list to climb!
McClellan Peak
Winding my way around Perfection Lake
Little Annapurna
Approaching Sprite Lake

Leprechaun Lake enroute to Lake Viviane

Merlin’s Tower from Lake Viviane

The initial view of Snow Lake. From here is down slabby rocks and a steep rooty, dirt path. The way down is around the lake and 10 miles to the left following the ourline of the mountains in the distance. For me, this is the end of the enchanting Enchantments, as the path is mostly forrested. Snow Lake as you can see was low due to excessive drainage for farm irrigation.

Low Snow Lake

Nada Lake – the last of the lakes on the way down.
Hazy view of the last five miles.
Final parting shot. I’ll be back!
As always, thanks for HikingWIthHadland!
3D flythrough


My top 10 photos – filtered by Instagram.

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