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Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Enchantment Lakes

These are some photos from a September 2003 Enchantment Lakes backpacking trip. The Enchantments are a series of lakes and tarns remaining in glacier carved basins surrounded by steep rocky peaks with sparse vegetation. We were fortunate enough to hit the Enchantments at the end of the month with a stretch of nice weather as well as at the time of the turning of the larches. Golden Larches, one of the very few coniferous tree species in North America which changes color, are essentially a pine tree that turns from green to yellow and then to gold in Autumn. Additionally, there was a fairly large forest fire, the Crystal Creek Fire, raging several miles to the South during our trip just on the other side of the Stuart range above Ingalls Creek. At times this fire filled the sky with smoke and in some pictures you can see the reddish/brown lighting that occured from sunlight filtered through the smoke:
Inspiration Lake
Inspiration Lake
Goat Licking Up Salt
Goat Licking Up Salt
McClellan Peak
McClellan Peak
Prusik Peak and Larches
Prusik Peak and Larches
Smoothed Rocks
Smoothed Rocks
Three Goats
Three Goats
The Temple
The Temple
Perfection Lake
Perfection Lake
Prusik Peak above Tarns
Prusik Peak above Tarns
Goat
Goat
Golden Larches in Autumn
Golden Larches in Autumn
Prusik Peak
Prusik Peak
Aasgard Pass Shrouded in Smoke
Aasgard Pass Shrouded in Smoke
Goat
Goat
Fall Grasses
Fall Grasses
Gnarled Log
Gnarled Log
Prusik Peak Sideways View
Prusik Peak Sideways View
Two Kids
Two Kids
Worn Tree Trunks
Worn Tree Trunks
Midday Sun Through Smoke
Midday Sun Through Smoke
Sunrise Light Through Smoke
Sunrise Light Through Smoke
Kid Catching up to Mother
Kid Catching up to Mother
View towards Prusik Pass with Alpine Tundra
View towards Prusik Pass with Alpine Tundra
Prusik Peak Towering above Larches
Prusik Peak Towering above Larches
Looking South Along Perfection Lake
Looking South Along Perfection Lake
Goat
Goat
Smoke Above Prusik Peak
Smoke Above Prusik Peak
Three Goats
Three Goats
Larches, Inspiration Lake and Prusik Peak
Larches, Inspiration Lake and Prusik Peak
Goats
Goats
Prusik Peak and Larches
Prusik Peak and Larches
Pack Ashes
Pack Ashes
Descending to Nada Lake
Descending to Nada Lake
Isolation Lake
Isolation Lake
Sunrise
Sunrise
Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake
Colchuck Lake
Colchuck Lake
Enchantment Vegetation
Enchantment Vegetation
Cloud of Smoke
Cloud of Smoke
Lake Viviane Reflection
Lake Viviane Reflection
Towards Upper Enchantments
Towards Upper Enchantments
Upper Snow Lake and McClellan
Upper Snow Lake and McClellan
B & W Goat
B & W Goat
Inspiration Lake Larches
Inspiration Lake Larches
Leprechaun Lake
Leprechaun Lake
Nada Lake
Nada Lake
Little Annapurna
Little Annapurna
Visit from a Goat
Visit from a Goat
Golden Water
Golden Water
Excalibur Rock
Excalibur Rock
Upper Snow Lake
Upper Snow Lake
Bright Goat
Bright Goat
Smoky Peak
Smoky Peak
Golden Larch
Golden Larch
Snow Lake Reflection
Snow Lake Reflection
Tranquill Lake
Tranquill Lake
View from Campsite of Prusik Peak and Lake Viviane
View from Campsite of Prusik Peak and Lake Viviane
Prusik Peak and Golden Larches
Prusik Peak and Golden Larches
Hint of Red Light amid Gray on Perfection Lake
Hint of Red Light amid Gray on Perfection Lake
Golden Larch at Dusk Above Viviane Lake
Golden Larch at Dusk Above Viviane Lake
Ridge Above Nada Lake at Sunset
Ridge Above Nada Lake at Sunset
Prusik Peak and Inspiration Lake
Prusik Peak and Inspiration Lake
Leprechaun Lake and McClellan
Leprechaun Lake and McClellan
Inspiration into Perfection
Inspiration into Perfection
Silver Snags
Silver Snags
Sprite Lake
Sprite Lake
Goat Tongue
Goat Tongue
Rocky Ascent
Rocky Ascent
Glowing Goat Approaches
Glowing Goat Approaches
Creek and Little Annapurna
Creek and Little Annapurna
Smoky Crystal Lake Basin
Smoky Crystal Lake Basin
Inspiration Lake Ascent
Inspiration Lake Ascent