My friend Marc Dilley sent me photos of a fall hike to the Enchantments, an alpine plateau surrounded by peaks in the Stuart Range of the Cascades, near Wenatchee Washington. He and some friends hiked in to the Enchantments as a day hike, which most sane people do as a 4 or 5 day trip. Marc and I used to visit the Enchantments before permits were required, and it was a great backyard mountain venue.
When my oldest kids got old enough we started going backpacking. I started a myth with them that I had put 2 pops in the outlet of various, or all, of the lakes in Washington. As we hiked up the trail I would say to them that “those pops sure will be good!” When we got to the destination lake, I’d tell them “I think those pops are over that way. You guys look over there near the shoreline of the lake, and I’ll go over the other way.” Read more
In 1973 my college buddy Marc Dilley and I went on a famous mountaineering trip in the North Cascades of Washington, near the Canadian border. It is called the Ptarmigan Traverse. It starts at Cascade Pass, which is reached by one of the most spectacular hikes imaginable, spectacular because you are surrounded by incredible peaks on either side. From Cascade Pass, you leave the trail, not to see another trail for 5 or 7 days, depending on how fast you do the route. Most of the pics below are by Marc, and I have shown some of his other pics in posts on Lewisii tweeyi, Fall Trip to the Enchantments, and The Kayak, High Tech Watercraft of the Arctic.