Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

November 26, 2013 by  

Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, These are some photos from a September 2003 Enchantment Lakes backpacking trip. The Enchantments are a series of lakes and tarns remaining in glacier carved basins surrounded by steep rocky peaks with sparse vegetation. We were fortunate enough to hit the Enchantments at the end of the month with a stretch of nice weather as well as at the time of the turning of the larches.

Golden Larches, one of the very few coniferous tree species in North America which changes color, are essentially a pine tree that turns from green to yellow and then to gold in Autumn. Additionally, there was a fairly large forest fire, the Crystal Creek Fire, raging several miles to the South during our trip just on the other side of the Stuart range above Ingalls Creek. At times this fire filled the sky with smoke and in some pictures you can see the reddish/brown lighting that occured from sunlight filtered through the smoke:

Inspiration Lake
Goat Licking Up Salt
McClellan Peak
Prusik Peak and Larches

Smoothed Rocks
Three Goats
The Temple
Perfection Lake

Prusik Peak above Tarns
Golden Larches in Autumn
Prusik Peak

Aasgard Pass Shrouded in Smoke
Fall Grasses
Gnarled Log

Prusik Peak Sideways View
Two Kids
Worn Tree Trunks
Midday Sun Through Smoke

Sunrise Light Through Smoke
Kid Catching up to Mother
View towards Prusik Pass with Alpine Tundra
Prusik Peak Towering above Larches

Looking South Along Perfection Lake
Smoke Above Prusik Peak
Three Goats

Larches, Inspiration Lake and Prusik Peak
Prusik Peak and Larches
Pack Ashes

Descending to Nada Lake
Isolation Lake
Crystal Lake

Colchuck Lake
Enchantment Vegetation
Cloud of Smoke
Lake Viviane Reflection

Towards Upper Enchantments
Upper Snow Lake and McClellan
B & W Goat
Inspiration Lake Larches

Leprechaun Lake
Nada Lake
Little Annapurna
Visit from a Goat

Golden Water
Excalibur Rock
Upper Snow Lake
Bright Goat

Smoky Peak
Golden Larch
Snow Lake Reflection
Tranquill Lake

View from Campsite of Prusik Peak and Lake Viviane
Prusik Peak and Golden Larches
Hint of Red Light amid Gray on Perfection Lake
Golden Larch at Dusk Above Viviane Lake

Ridge Above Nada Lake at Sunset
Prusik Peak and Inspiration Lake
Leprechaun Lake and McClellan
Inspiration into Perfection

Silver Snags
Sprite Lake
Goat Tongue
Rocky Ascent

Glowing Goat Approaches
Creek and Little Annapurna
Smoky Crystal Lake Basin
Inspiration Lake Ascent

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