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PostThu Sep 06, 2018 11:10 am 
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Beautiful pictures, slave524! You had the best of both seasons with wildflowers and ripe blueberries too!
Somehow I have managed to not ever hike in the Enchantments despite having lived here my entire life. That changed yesterday when I joined my little brother on a hike to Colchuck Lake. We were celebrating his retirement from work after 30 years, and additionally, his recovery from plantar fasciitis which was also work related.
Despite the shocking third world conditions (two different big piles of human poo and toilet paper just a few feet off the trail) rant.gif and a comical group of girls playing loud music who became completely lost in the first mile, we had a lovely day. There were a few groups of backpackers hiking out in the morning and some more coming in the afternoon, but not many dayhikers like us. Everyone we met was polite and friendly, just very happy to be out on such a gorgeous day. Although it was a bit hazy in Leavenworth, the air was clear and fresh on the way to the lake.
I couldn’t decide which pictures I liked the best, so I’ll just share all of them.  smile.gif

Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Lake  9/5/18
Colchuck Peak from Tarn  9/5/18
Colchuck Peak from Tarn  9/5/18
Enjoying the day with my little brother  9/5/18
Enjoying the day with my little brother  9/5/18
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PostThu Sep 06, 2018 1:24 pm 
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Wow! That area is gorgeous!
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PostThu Sep 06, 2018 7:10 pm 
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Didn't bring the camera today, no pics.  Went up Mt. Pugh.  Happy to have no snow on the route, that makes it fairly spicy in a few places.  Still kicked my butt.  That trail is so audacious, every time I do it I still can't quite believe somebody built a trail up there.  Haze is back.  bawl.gif   Not as bad as before but definitely there.  A few flowers hanging on.  Salal berries down low and a bit of thimbleberry higher.  I can't quite believe it, but I think there is a fairly thick patch of sage just below Stujack Pass.  Is that possible?  I thought it was strictly east side of the state.  The plant was smaller than what I've seen before, but the leaves looked right and it sure smelled like sage when I plucked a bit of it and rolled it between my fingers.  Weird!  Also more traffic up there than I expected, around a half a dozen.


edited--got buzzed twice by I think a kestrel while I was on the summit, not sure what other very small raptor it could have been.  Wasn't dive bombing me, just passing by.

Also, on the way up a pine cone near fell on me.  I stopped and turned around.  About 5 more pine cones fell in rapid succession.  I can't believe a squirrel could knock them down that quickly.  Didn't hear or see anything moving around in the tree.  Weird!
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PostThu Sep 06, 2018 9:17 pm 
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Nice Nancyann, looks lovely as usual up there.  Maybe another place completely overrun now.  The lake is still gorgeous regardless of how many people are there.
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PostThu Sep 06, 2018 9:46 pm 
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Thankfully, there were not very many people at Colchuck Lake on that particular day, Wednesday. The parking lots told a different story though. The Snow Lake lot was pretty full, and about 20 cars at our trailhead when we got back. Probably lots of backpackers using their lottery permits up in the core.
Regarding Mt. Pugh, after reading Katinka’s trip report a few years ago, I decided that was one mountain that I would never need to visit. lol.gif
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PostSun Oct 28, 2018 1:47 pm 
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Sunday 10/21/18 Lake Lillian

Beautiful day for a hike if I remember. We got a late start, hiking by 1pm....didn't make it to Lillian. Had one route finding error and ended up going down to Lara Lake. Decided to eat and hightail it back to the parking lot.

While packing up to leave, I left my trekking poles leaning up against my truck....I drove off. There was one vehicle left in the lot, a Dodge Sprinter Van. I'm assuming they would have spotted my poles when they got back.
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PostSun Oct 28, 2018 2:54 pm 
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Skyline Divide on Saturday.  Started out beautiful and sunny, then a high cloud layer moved in.  Could still see all the surrounding peaks so it was okay.  A bit icy to start, thawed out later.  Teeny traces of fresh snow in just a couple spots.  Rained hard on the drive home, glad to be in the car rather than on the trail at that point.

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PostMon Oct 29, 2018 12:44 pm 
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Conditions Report: Pratt / Melakwa Loop   up.gif

Did the Pratt / Melakwa Loop yesterday and had a fantastic time.  Started getting a little nervous after gaining Hemlock Pass to begin the descent--not a single boot print in the light dusting of snow.   Was Denny Creek really that bad?  I didn't feel like reversing the entire loop, but given the amount of water on the trail to this point, I was really starting to think I might have to.   The volume in Denny was insane, but after poking around for a few minutes, I found a boulder link-up that only required a couple of knee-deep plunges.   My runner's gaiters were useless, of course--fisherman's waders would have been a better choice.  The route is fun, and the moisture kept the crowds down.  Oh, and they finally hacked up that giant blowdown on the stretch between Lower Tuscohatchie and the climb up to Melakwa--Thanks trail workers!
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PostMon Oct 29, 2018 5:25 pm 
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User-Name wrote:
The volume in Denny was insane

No photo?  frown.gif

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PostMon Oct 29, 2018 7:12 pm 
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No photo?  frown.gif

No camera this time.  I've done this loop so many times, it feels like just another day at the office.  Kinda regretted not packing it, tho...the waterfall was epic; there was even another major falls forming along the cliff in a place I'd never seen one before--weoulda made for some good pix...owell.
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PostTue Nov 13, 2018 12:15 pm 
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Looking for some sun and snow, we decided on Lake Valhalla and Mt. McCausland. The Smithbrook Road was a bit slippery, but somehow a motorhome containing a mom and three teenagers made it to the trailhead.
The trail was compacted from a lot of use over the weekend, and very slippery in many places. There were a few groups up today, some were well prepared, and some just wore tennis shoes, not sure how well they did on the icy trail!
The forecast of sun was a little off, instead there was a high overcast most of the day. It still felt great to get up in some snow and enjoy the beauty of the mountains.
On the trail to Lake Valhalla 11/12/18
On the trail to Lake Valhalla 11/12/18
On the trail to Lake Valhalla 11/12/18
On the trail to Lake Valhalla 11/12/18
Lake Valhalla 11/12/18
Lake Valhalla 11/12/18
Lake Valhalla 11/12/18
Lake Valhalla 11/12/18
Lake Valhalla 11/12/18
Lake Valhalla 11/12/18

We only went part way up Mt. McCausland, because we wanted to get an early start back down the icy trail to the parking lot.

On the trail to Mt. McCausland 11/12/18
On the trail to Mt. McCausland 11/12/18
Snow Sculptures and Lichtenberg Mountain 11/12/18
Snow Sculptures and Lichtenberg Mountain 11/12/18
Snow Sculptures and Lichtenberg Mountain 11/12/18
Snow Sculptures and Lichtenberg Mountain 11/12/18
Snow sculptures on the trail to Mt. McCausland 11/12/18
Snow sculptures on the trail to Mt. McCausland 11/12/18
Animal tracks on the trail to Mt. McCausland 11/12/18
Animal tracks on the trail to Mt. McCausland 11/12/18
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PostTue Nov 13, 2018 12:57 pm 
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Looks like winter up there Nancyann!

Ruby dog and I stayed firmly in autumn Sunday and yesterday with a quick trip to Buckhorn mountain. No snow yet and surprisingly warm! Trail is in excellent shape with just a bit of avoidable ice near Camp Mystery and on the approach to Buckhorn’s summit. It was a little breezy on the ridge above Marmot Pass so we camped just below and hiked up to Buckhorn for sunrise. Such a treat to get in a snow-free overnight up high in November!

sunrise
sunrise
mystery - deception at dawn
mystery - deception at dawn
climbing up the ridge
climbing up the ridge
rainier at sunrise
rainier at sunrise
sun rising on mystery, fricaba, deception and the needles
sun rising on mystery, fricaba, deception and the needles
golden tips on constance & warrior, stone & skokomish in background
golden tips on constance & warrior, stone & skokomish in background
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buckhorn
buckhorn
buckhorn
mystery, fricaba, meany, deception
mystery, fricaba, meany, deception
looking SW, stone - anderson
looking SW, stone - anderson
buckhorn summit view + ruby sunbathing
buckhorn summit view + ruby sunbathing
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PostTue Nov 13, 2018 3:29 pm 
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Baker and Sherman via Squak Glacier Sun/Mon. Able to drive to TH (a few inches of snow on the last mile or so of the road). Trail was barely skinnable with a few short carries on Sunday, nearly bare on Monday. Lower portion of the Squak was easy skinning, middle portion was heavily crevassed (found a snow bridge that allowed passage with a short section of front-pointing required) and mixed ice/arduous postholing, upper Squak and Roman Wall were in fantastic shape for skiing and skinning (booted the Roman Wall but could have skinned). Skiing was excellent from the summit to 9500', and decent from 8500' to 6800'. Baker was pretty lonely for a sunny holiday weekend, didn't see anyone else up there.
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PostSat Nov 17, 2018 5:11 pm 
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it's November 17 and the trail to klahhane ridge/victor pass, ONP, is snow free!  up.gif

I returned November 5 from my awesome Nepal trekking adventure, http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8028617
and finally made this hike. I've  been dreaming about it, but weather and cataract surgeries kept me home.

sunshine and I had the trail and pass to myself.  I was so very happy!



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PostSat Nov 17, 2018 6:57 pm 
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All that oxygen after hiking in Nepal must have been intoxicating.

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