Enchantments Lakes, WA
July 20 - 22, 2008  

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Start of our hike, and 2 handsome young men!
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Enchantments Lakes, an alpine area surrounded by icy lakes. The weekend weather was perfect. It was clear and blue for 70 hours straight. We didn't see any clouds until day 3. Our epic journey started on the Snow Lake Trail. It was very long and boring under the sun, until we reached nada, where the breeze came in through the lake.

We arrived at Snow Lake after 5 hours of hiking. We found a lake front property and planted our campsite. We had a great view of the lake, took a bath, enjoyed the sun. We even took a nap in our tent, mostly because we wanted to avoid mosquitoes. It was a dry awesome day, no sign of rain, no sign of moisture at all. We even sleep under the stars with the fly on.

Our 2nd day up was very beautiful, passing through steep terrain on granite rocks, swifting through lakes filled with icy waters and jumping across streams with a heavy packs. We ended setting up our camp at Inspiration Lake on a hugh flat boulder on the water. We then pushed on to hike up to Aasgard Pass. The higher we went, the more icy beautiful lakes we found. We stopped at Aasgard Pass for a break and witnessed a rock fall on the Dragontail Peak, where the rock fall just missed 2 mountaineers by 20 feet or so.

We went back down to camp after enjoying the break at the Pass. When we got back to camp, we met a herd of mountain goats. They were quite friendly, very used to human being around. After we had dinner, Brian started having stomach problems. From then it became a full-on diaherrea. Luckily after some imodium treatment and a night of no drink. It subsided the following morning.

The original plan was to camp one more night, before we pulled out. However, both of us felt no energy to do one more night, and decided to just hike out all the way. We finished out 12 miles downhill hike in 6 hours and drove home.


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... at Nada Lake.
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Steep grade from Nada to Snow Lake
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Dont realize they server sashimi here ?

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Lower Snow Lake...

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What the heck ?.
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This is a Sign with nothing on either sides.
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Hot, clear and Blue sky

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Yeah, bathing in the lake ...
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This is where we camp.

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Certainly they were not afraid of humans ..

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My signature shadow ... with the bird.
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Our campsite ....
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... is infested with lots of mosquitoes ....

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Napping in the tent ....
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Mediation wont help to relieve the mosquito bites

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hi!
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See the moon abeo the mountain?

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This is how we cross the lake, ... straight through the water
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Upper Snow Lake ...

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Like a mirror
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Wow ... it just came down like this.

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above Snow Lake ...
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a lot of switchbacks going up.

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first glimpse of the alpine lakes.....

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Scary, huh ?
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Lepricorn Lake

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Just dont look back .....

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How the heck this rock get here ?
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Creek crossing is fun !

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Yes ... we walk on top of that ....stupid!
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This is like a heavenly shire

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It looks so beautiful when you stand in the middle of this.
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Keep going up, there are more lakes to come.
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Inspriation Lake ..... where we camped.

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Loggin walking .. and creek jumping ....

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Still tons of snow up there.
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Those are mountain goat footprints
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Another look from above at Inspiration Lake

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Where is our camp again ?

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A hairy chunk of snow !.
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One day I will build my cabin here.

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No kidding, watch those rocks above you.

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Temple Peaks behind me.

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A few more humps to get to the pass...

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too much sun .....
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Water slide ... just dont know when it will end ....
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Those were the 2 little clouds we saw in 70 hours.

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Finally Aasgard Pass...

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... at 7840 feet...

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360 view at Aasgard Pass (8 MB).

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on top of Aasgard Pass ...
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South side of Aasgard Pass.
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Hi there, dont know you are here !.

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See the rock fall at Dragontail Peak, you can still see the people there .... just missed by 20 feet.
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Too much sun ...in my opinion.

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at Tranquil Lake
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I didn't see any special effect, ... just the blue reflection from the sku on the water.

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Do you need to do your business ?
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If so, it comes with a nice view.

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what can I say here ?

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Inspiration Lake, we were coming down back to camp ...

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What do they call those people walking on high sticks ?
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Alfredo penne with salmon.

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If you slide down from here, .. . you will straight into the lake./td>

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Our goatie friends ... near our camp site.

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Another business meeting room.
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The sunset we got at 7200 feet..
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This picture is taken at 2am, .. exposed for 15 secs, no flash.

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Same here .... it is so bright that night ...
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This is our campsite, ...
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Stand like a guard!

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They weren't shy at all.

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Well, time to say goodbye.
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Iceberg still on the lake.

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Hopping through the icy strean
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Now, .. try going down on this again ...

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I did, ... because there ain't no other way.

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Sir, ...are you doing business here ?
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A sign of growth in the alpine.
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Ok, No fire !.

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This is the biggest crocs I have ever seen.

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Notice the Trailmarker ?
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Instead of putting reflective markers, they chip the bark off the trunk as markers.

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Looking down at Nada Lake
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The burnt forest below Nada Lake

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Back to where we started.
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... and still the 2 handsome young men ..



Trip Plan: Trip Plan

Duration: 3 days 2 nights     Original Plan

Map: Topo Map of Enchantments Lakes (4.8 MB)

Other Resource(s):
    US Forest Service - Enchantments Lakes
    Washington Trail Association - Enchantments Lakes

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