We received a four day permit during the 4th of July weekend. The entire trip was going to be a brutal, 20 miles round trip and 5400 feet of elevation gain. But if the Enchantments lived up to their legend it would be worth it. We started out at the Snow Creek trailhead in the Icicle Creek area near Leavenworth. Our first day destination would be Nada Lake which is 3600 feet up and 5.5 miles in. We were fortunate to have a sunny day for the hike, but this resulted in a very hot and tiring climb up with our heavy packs.
The hike followed Snow Creek up though a valley first with burned out trees from a previous fire and then a dense forest. Halfway up we crossed Snow Creek and proceeded through more forest trail and then a boulder field. We finally made it Nada Lade and set camp there. I was fairly tired from the hike, but poor Jamie was starting to feel ill from the heat and the altitude. Our hope was that she would feel better after a night's rest.
Still Smiling (but with dozens of switchbacks to go)
Damage from the 2001 Icicle Creek fire
Taking a break along Snow Creek
On the second set of switchbacks
Crossing Snow Creek (half way to Nada Lake)
Breaking at Snow Creek Crossing
Relaxing at Snow Creek
Nada Lake Camp
July 3-5 2004