My last big backpacking trip was a rousing success! Four days in the Enchantments with some go-getter fellow hikers made for four memorable days.
Day 1 - Rachel, Tess, Anthony and I made off for Alpine Lookout, a short, misty hike to warm up the legs before heading into Lake Stuart, our base camp for the next few days. We made a pit stop at the Sultan Bakery, hoping to wait out the rain that was sheeting down in the pass. It was less strong on the east side of the pass, but still wet, so our trip to the lookout was cut short, and setting up camp was a quick affair.
~11 miles total.
Day 2 - We woke to rain, so we had a leisurely morning, lazing around camp until noon, when we embarked on a rough trail to Horseshoe and Jack Lake. It was relatively rainy all day, but we got a good weather window for some shots from the summit
~6 miles round trip.
Day 3 - A friend of ours made it out for the weekend. She met us in camp at 10 30, and after doing a quick tent setup, we headed up a hillside for a steep scramble across from our campsite. Rachel and I hung out at our lunch spot while Anthony, Tess, and Mary headed up for another 30 minutes or so. They returned within an hour, and we headed down for a skinny dip in the lake. We also enjoyed cold beer that night, courtesy of Mary and our built-in fridge (the lake). Don’t worry, we packed everything out.
~4 miles roundtrip (maybe)
Day 4 - Heading out, but it was our biggest day, mileage and elevation-wise. We dropped our big packs at the junction for Colchuck Lake, then headed up Aasgard Pass, the notorious “shortcut” to the Enchantments core zone. Despite having only 20 minutes or so at the top, it was a fantastic hike, and an excellent way to end the trip. One quick dip in Colchuck Lake, and we were ready to head home to burgers and warm beds in Seattle.
~12 miles total