Hard to believe I've never done this route by Leavenworth! It was incredible from start to finish. If you scroll down you will see some videos and lots of pictures of the trip. Most hikes/runs have a long uphill section that is in the woods, not very scenic and at least a little tedious. In other words, you usually have to work a bit to get your reward. James and I began at the Stuart Lake Trail head, and if you start there, you too will be up at the magical blue lakes before you know it. FYI- starting at the opposite end, from the Snow Lakes Trail head, would have taken several miles longer to get the views. We ran the route point to point, leaving a car at both ends of the 17-18 mile route (about 5,000 feet of climbing? Not sure because my Garmin crashed the day before).
Pictures and videos now, yes, videos!
Lots of jealousy producing pictures of the Enchantments Run:
|The Mostly Hairless Mountain Goat Himself|
|More of the Mostly Hairless Mountain Goat (above)|
|A victory picture after climbing up a crazy super vertical boulder field.|
|James, "What's taking you so long?" Me: "I'm taking too many pictures"|
|Can you see the Mountain Goats? There are two of them. These have lots of hair, unlike the James version.|
|The SLIDE Series: from rock top, under the snow int the lake. Bad ass. See pics---|
|A rock within a rock|
|Apparently Mountain Goats can leap as well as climb|
|And they have claws...|
|The SHOWER series, scroll down for more...|
|we swam to that island and sunbathed on the rocks, so awesome|
|Almost done, waiting for the slowpoke :)|