We knew what we were in for so the hike up to the pass wasn't that bad. Along the way we got in great views of Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Lake. We were surprised to see some trail runners pass us on the way up to the pass. I don't like the idea of trail running through the Enchantments. It's like gulping down a glass of fine wine. Also the runners with their sparse backpacks are expecting those of us who are carrying the proper essentials to help them out if they get in trouble.
After reaching Aasgard Pass we took final look back to Colchuck lake and then started hiking though the upper Enchantments. The upper area consisted of clear blue lakes in a granite basin bordered by Dragontail Peak and Little Annapurna. During my last visit I didn't get up to this area as I didn't have time and it was covered with snow. The snow was mostly gone this time making the barren area looking like a moonscape. We took a lunch break at Isolation Lake and took in the beauty of the surrounding landscape, but we couldn't stop long as there were many more miles ahead of us.
We continued across the upper basin walking pass smaller lakes and tarns. As we went further down more and more vegetation started appearing including the larch trees. The trees had yet to turn to their golden fall color which wouldn't happen for a couple more weeks. We would of encountered foul weather if we had gone later so I'm glad we went when we did.
We made it through the upper basin and down to Inspiration Lake at the top the lower basin. This is where I had stopped previously when going the other way.
Route to Aasgard Pass
Entering the Enchantments
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September 14, 2013