Loren, Mark, Mike, Travis, Eric, Toby and I hiked through the amazing Enchantments area in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness last saturday. It was an amazing day. The Enchantment Lakes area is notoriously difficult to gain access to, both physically and legally(overnight permits must be obtained far in advance). We parked a car at each end-Colchuck Lake and Snow Creek-and hiked the route as a 20 mile point-to-point one-day thru-hike. The golden fall colors of the Larch trees are spectacular. Not many people see such a sight.
Colchuck Lake and Asgard pass-the back door into the Enchantments.
Sudden hail storm at 7000+ feet elevation.
Upper Enchantments basin.
Toby and golden larches.
Prusik Peak in the distance.
Mike and Travis.
The crew minus Toby - he wandered ahead for a bit.
Snow Lake far below us.
Check out the strange water jet below Snow Lake. I have never seen or heard of anything like this before, especially not in a wilderness area. Powerful is an understatement.
More photos on my Flickr page.