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Huron
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PostSun Oct 01, 2006 11:44 pm 
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This was my first time to the legendary Enchantments. A futile attempt to encourage others, friends, family and TNABers to come along meant it would be a solo trip. Several folks suggested the counter clockwise Stuart Lake trail start, so I went with that. But, how to get back from the Snow Lake trail parking lot? 8 miles is a long road walk and I don't want to leave my fancy mountain bike chained up to a wooden post.

The hike was amazing. 4am to 4pm just as I had planned. No blisters. Perfect weather. The only problem was getting back to the car. A decision to leave my daughter's outgrown 24" wheeled bike and attempt a hitch hike failed miserably. People just don't seem to want to offer rides to sweaty old guys who ride pink girls mountain bikes. I just don't get it!

Ok, so I'm committed to the ride back. It turns out though that it is more efficient to walk up a steep gravel road with washboards than to ride a small bike. That was 8 more miles of hiking. Ditched the bike and came back for it. So, here's a valuable warning to anyone planning same!

Prusik Peak framed by larches

Perfection Lake

Isolation Lake

Little Annapurna?

Cresting Aasgard Pass
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PostMon Oct 02, 2006 7:03 am 
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Saturday was a great day to be outside. Nice pictures!

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PostMon Oct 02, 2006 7:49 am 
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Spodeeodee wrote:
. People just don't seem to want to offer rides to sweaty old guys who ride pink girls mountain bikes. I just don't get it!

I would have picked you up just because you were riding a pink girls bike  embarassedlaugh.gif

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PostMon Oct 02, 2006 5:01 pm 
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wOW! That is a long day! Did you really thru-hike the Enchantments, then hike up the road too? Hopefully you could ride the pink bike for part of it.

Nice pictures  biggrin.gif
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PostMon Oct 02, 2006 5:54 pm 
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Great photos!  And yes, we had this issue too last year, we did not do a one day, but an overnighter.  We had been assured a hitchhike back from Snow to Colchuk was doable.  By the time we hobbled out in 100 degree heat to the Snow TH in the late afternoon (thru the last 2-3 miles of burn with no shade) I could barely make it up to the road.

I had come prepared with a printed sign for hitch-hiking back to the Colchuk trailhead.  After 15 minutes no-one had picked us up, and Doug was panicking.  Thank goodness some good old boys stopped in an ancient pickup and picked us up.  We negotiated 15 dollars, and I ended up giving them 20 and a liter of water from Nada  smile.gif

If they had not stopped, I was prepared to wave the green into the wind along with my thumb  clown.gif
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PostMon Oct 02, 2006 7:31 pm 
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Yes, it was all the way through from 4am to 4pm. Rode the bike to a quarter mile into the dirt road, then ditched it.

Your sign idea was a good one. The green probably made the difference though.
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PostMon Oct 02, 2006 8:27 pm 
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Nice shots. Too bad I found the TNAB a week to late. Thinking of doing it this coming weekend. Only took you 12 hours from end to end eh?
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PostSun Sep 19, 2010 9:28 pm 
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That's interesting about the bear canister requirement at Monogram.  When we were up there...maybe 7 years ago, we kind of got charged by a bear!  I also read some other reports about a cranky bear in that area the year before we were there.  I wonder if there have been other problems.

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PostSun Sep 19, 2010 10:44 pm 
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Hot diggity, that's a long day but amazing by the looks of it!

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PostSun Sep 19, 2010 10:59 pm 
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I flagged "alicesmile" as spam. huh.gif

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PostSun Sep 19, 2010 10:59 pm 
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Magnum wrote:
So, here's a valuable warning to anyone planning same!

There's a company in Leavenworth that does trailhead shuttles (e.g. they'll drive you from your car at Snow Lake to the Stuart Lake trailhead at 4am). Not cheap, but not an expense I regretted after hiking over 12 hours.

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PostMon Sep 20, 2010 5:32 am 
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It was indeed a beautiful day to be out, awesome that you had a near-perfect trip. Awesome photos too   up.gif
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PostMon Sep 20, 2010 6:50 am 
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I feel like I woke up from under a tree after several years of sleeping.
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Huron
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PostMon Sep 20, 2010 7:14 am 
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What the hell happened here?

2006?
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PostMon Sep 20, 2010 7:43 am 
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I can't believe I missed this TR the first time around.  Of course, I wasn't a member back in 2006 so that may have something to do with it.   wink.gif

Nice trip though.  Always enjoy seeing pics of this area. smile.gif
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