Enchanted Adventure: Alpine Lakes Wilderness (38 PICS)

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Alpine Lakes Wilderness consists of 390,000 acres of rugged wilderness spanning the Cascade Range of Washington state and parts of Wenatchee National Forest and Snoqualmie National Forest. There are over 700 mountain lakes and over 300 miles (480 km) of Forest Service class one and two streams. The terrain includes craggy peaks and ridges, deep glacial valleys, granite walls and forests that are picture perfect and ready to enchant visitors — especially in autumn. It is an adventurers’ delight: nature lovers, backpackers, mountaineers, hikers, photographers. We love these pics, but they are but a tiny slice of this Alpine Lakes Wilderness piece of heaven dropped down on earth for adventurers to enjoy. [38 Photos]

Enchantments basin from Prusik pass

Enchantments basin from Prusik pass. Enchantment Basin has been called the crown jewel of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. Photo #1 by Jeffrey Pang

Box Ridge Hibox Mountain (6547 ft)

Box Ridge Hibox Mountain (6547 ft). Photo #2 by Walter Siegmund


Double vision - Weather was calm the morning of Day 2, turning Lake Colchuck into a   mirror

Double vision. The photographer wrote, “Weather was calm the morning of Day 2, turning Lake Colchuck into a mirror.” Photo #3 by Mike Innocenzi

Lila Lake on Rampart Ridge, Hibox Mountain (6547 ft) on Box Ridge, Mountain Hemlock, Kachess Ridge (right skyline); stitched panorama

Lila Lake on Rampart Ridge, Hibox Mountain (6547 ft) on Box Ridge, Mountain Hemlock, Kachess Ridge (right skyline); stitched panorama. Photo #4 by Walter Siegmund

Just before dawn Enchantment Lake trip

Camping under the stars in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Just before dawn, taken during an Enchantment Lake trip. Photo #5 by Jeffrey Pang

Alpine Lakes Wilderness from Mountain Home Road

The photographer noted, “Alpine Lakes Wilderness from Mountain Home Road.” This rugged wilderness offers an abundance of diversity in plant and animal species. Photo #6 by Peter Prehn

Gnome Tarn Enchantments - Gnome tarn on ice

Gnome Tarn Enchantments – Gnome tarn on ice. The Enchantments are located within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness about 15 miles southwest of Leavenworth, Washington. The area is comprised of an upper and a lower basin, the lakes and tarns contained within them, and the peaks of the Stuart Range bounding the basins. The Enchantments are regarded as one of the most spectacular locations in the Cascade Range. Photo #7 by Jeffrey Pang

Squaw Lake (4841 feet); Huckleberry and Yellow Cedar

Squaw Lake (4841 feet); Huckleberry and Yellow Cedar. Photo #8 by Walter Siegmund

Stuart West Ridge Ingalls Lake and South Ingalls Peak

Stuart West Ridge Ingalls Lake and South Ingalls Peak. Photo #9 by Jeffrey Pang

Rachel Lake 4640+ feet, Subalpine Fir and Mountain Hemlock forest

Rachel Lake 4640+ feet, Subalpine Fir and Mountain Hemlock forest. Photo #10 by Walter Siegmund

Lower Robin Lakes Moonlight, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

Lower Robin Lakes Moonlight, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington. Photo #11 by Jeffery Pang

Stuart + Creek The creek along the trail to Ingalls Lake

Stuart + Creek: The creek along the trail to Ingalls Lake. Photo #12 by Jeffrey Pang

Redfish Canyon from Alpine Lake trail in Sawtooth Wilderness

Redfish Canyon from Alpine Lake trail in Sawtooth Wilderness. Photo #13 by Miguel Vieira

Colchuck Lake and Aasgard Pass in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington, United States

Colchuck Lake and Aasgard Pass in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington. Photo #14 by Mahalie Stackpole

Alpine Wilderness Necklace Valley

Alpine Wilderness Necklace Valley. Photo #15 by Zoe (pinkpucca)

Mount Stuart (9415 feet); Argonaut Peak (8453 feet, right); The Cradle (7467 feet, highest peak on left skyline); Point 6666 feet (right center middle distance); weathered serpentine (foreground)

Mount Stuart (9415 feet); Argonaut Peak (8453 feet, right); The Cradle (7467 feet, highest peak on left skyline); Point 6666 feet (right center middle distance); weathered serpentine (foreground). Photo #16 by Walter Siegmund

Goat and Cashmere - Enchantment Lakes trip

Goat and Cashmere Mountain – Enchantment Lakes trip. Photo #17 by Jeffrey Pang

Robin Lakes Sunrise

Robin Lakes Sunrise. Alpenglow on Mount Daniel over the Robin Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington. Photo #18 by Jeffrey Pang

Mount Stuart (9415 feet, 2870 m, left center); Glacier Peak (glacier covered, extreme left, behind); Sherpa Peak (8605 feet, 2623 m, right center)

Mount Stuart (9415 feet, 2870 m, left center); Glacier Peak (glacier covered, extreme left, behind); Sherpa Peak (8605 feet, 2623 m, right center). Photo #19 by Walter Siegmund

Spectacle Lake

Spectacle Lake – Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Photo #20 by Andy Simonds

Cathedral Rock (6724 feet)

Cathedral Rock (6724 feet). Photo #21 by Walter Siegmund

Isolation Lake Upper Enchantments

Isolation Lake Upper Enchantments. Photo #22 by Sean Munson

Larch above Cuthroat Lake

Larch above Cuthroat Lake. When the larch needles turn to gold and orange in early autumn, usually in late September and early October, is peak time for nature lovers, hikers and photographers to want to visit Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Photo #23 by J Brew

Box Ridge 'Nobox Mountain' (left, Point 6242 ft) and Hibox Mountain (right, 6547 ft)

Box Ridge “Nobox Mountain” (left, Point 6242 ft) and Hibox Mountain (right, 6547 ft). Photo #24 by Walter Siegmund

Lake Colchuck and Dragontail Mountain

Lake Colchuck and Dragontail Mountain. Photo #25 by Peter Prehn

Ingalls Lake in the Alpine Wilderness of Washington's Cascade Mountains

The photographer noted, “Ingalls Lake in the Alpine Wilderness of Washington’s Cascade Mountains is one of the most beautiful hikes on the east side of the mountains. Mt Stuart and the Enchantments in the distance.” Photo #26 by Steve Johnson

Huckleberry Mountain 6340 feet; also, Big Snow Mountain (6680 feet), Point 6480 feet, Chikamin Peak (6960 feet) and Lemah Mountains (7540 feet)

Huckleberry Mountain 6340 feet; also, Big Snow Mountain (6680 feet), Point 6480 feet, Chikamin Peak (6960 feet) and Lemah Mountains (7540 feet). Photo #27 by Walter Siegmund

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Deep Lake

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Deep Lake. Photo #28 by Blue~Canoe

Mystic Lake and Old Desolate

Mystic Lake and Old Desolate. Photo #29 by J Brew

Mount Daniel (7960+ feet)

Mount Daniel (7960+ feet). Photo #30 by Walter Siegmund

Rampart Ridge subalpine bench with Mountain Hemlock, mountain-heather, and red Huckleberry bushes

Rampart Ridge subalpine bench with Mountain Hemlock, mountain-heather, and red Huckleberry bushes. Photo #31 by Walter Siegmund

Lake Stuart

Lake Stuart. Photo #32 by J Brew

Up above Enchantments

Up above Enchantments. I’m not sure about you, but after seeing all these breathtaking photos, I long to see this in person. It’s easy to see why The Enchantments live up to their name to enchant. Photo #33 by Mike Innocenzi

Pacific Crest Trail crossing the southwest face of Chikamin Peak

Pacific Crest Trail crossing the southwest face of Chikamin Peak (6960 feet, upper right). Photo #34 by Walter Siegmund

Enchantment Lakes Panorama

Enchantment Lakes Panorama. Photo #35 by laffertyryan

The Stuart Range from Cashmere Peak

The Stuart Range from Cashmere Peak. From left to right: Little Annapurna, Dragontail Peak, (disappearing) Colchuck Glacier, Colchuck Peak, Argonaut Peak, Sherpa Peak, Mount Stuart. Colchuck Lake can be seen in the background, Caroline Lake is in the foreground. Photo #36 by Hike395

Panoramic view of the Wenatchee River watershed, Wenatchee National Forest

Panoramic view of the Wenatchee River watershed, Wenatchee National Forest: Whittier Peak (7281 feet, 2219 m, shadowed, left center, middle distance); Mount David (7420 feet, 2262 m, shadowed, just right of center); Clark Mountain (8602 feet, 2622 m, just left of David, behind, with large snowfields between its two peaks); Glacier Peak (10,520+ feet, 3206+ m, left, partially obscured by clouds); Poe (6015 feet, 1833 m) and Longfellow Mountain (6577 feet, 2005 m, just right of Glacier Peak, middle distance); Tenpeak Mountain (8200+ feet, 2499+ m, left center skyline with many summits and large snowfields, just left of Whittier); Wenatchee Ridge (first ridge) with NFD 6504 Rd (left) and Irving Peak (5937 feet, 1810 m, just right of center, summit of Wenatchee Ridge); Seven-Fingered Jack (9100 feet, 2774 m) and Mount Maude (9040+ feet, 2755+ m, right center skyline, left and right respectively); Elsey Peak (7235 feet, middle distance between Jack and Maude); stitched panorama Photo #37 by Jeffrey Pang

Approaching sunset at the summit of Little Annapurna (Washington). Taken on a trip to the Enchantment Lakes

Approaching sunset at the summit of Little Annapurna (Washington). Taken on a trip to the Enchantment Lakes. Photo #38 by Jeffrey Pang


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