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Enchantment Lakes Loop

Postby kevin trieu » Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:09 pm

Hi,

Wanted to dayhike the Enchantment area from Snow Creek TH to Stuart Lake TH but traveling solo and can't do the car shuttle. Looking to go up Snow Creek trail to the base of Dragontail Peak but hoping to find another way back to the car. Looking at the map, has anyone gone down from Prusik Pass -> Shield Lake -> Mesa Lake -> Tokette Lake -> Tokette Creek -> then back to Snow Creek trail?

Also looking for a trail partner to set up car shuttle. Done Mt. Stuart North Ridge two days ago and is taken by the beauty of the area. I usually think the Evolution Area along the JMT in the Sierra is the most beautiful of all alpine lakes but heard otherwise regarding the Enchantment basin so I have to see it for myself.

Thanks a bunch.

Kevin
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Re: Enchantment Lakes Loop

Postby ExcitableBoy » Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:13 pm

Kevin,

First off, not an exact answer to your questions but here is what I've done. I've run the Enchment Lakes Loop RT in 6 hours and change. We started from Stuart Lake TH and had left a second car at Snow Lakes for the shutle. Doing the full loop is very worthwhile and you have a few options. If you are starting at Snow Lakes (more elevation gain) you could stash a mt bike at Stuart Lake TH before hand and ride downhill back to your car. Aslo, it should be super simple to hitch a ride from Stuart Lake TH back to Snow Lakes. Everone leaving from Stuart Lake TH will be driving past Snow Lakes anyway. Have fun.

Bonus style points. We did Prusik car to car in a day from Snow Lakes once. A fellow I know a bit (flys for TAT, guides for AAI) left the trail head at the same time running up Icicle Creek road, soloed Backbone Ridge (or was it Serpentine Arete?) on Dragontail, soloed WR Prusik, soloed Outer Space and passed us on our way out just before the Snow Creek TH. That's some mountain running!
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Re: Enchantment Lakes Loop

Postby kevin trieu » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:00 am

a TR on here says it is 17 miles from Stuart Lake TH to Snow Lakes TH. accurate?

that's a serious outing! well maybe i'll have to run down Icicle Creek road to my truck at Snow Creek TH. going to have to cut out all the soloing. not a bold climber.
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Re: Enchantment Lakes Loop

Postby ExcitableBoy » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:11 am

kevin trieu wrote:a TR on here says it is 17 miles from Stuart Lake TH to Snow Lakes TH. accurate?

that's a serious outing! well maybe i'll have to run down Icicle Creek road to my truck at Snow Creek TH. going to have to cut out all the soloing. not a bold climber.


17 miles is accurate, although it feels longer.
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Re: Enchantment Lakes Loop

Postby Snidely Whiplash » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:09 pm

ExcitableBoy wrote:
kevin trieu wrote:a TR on here says it is 17 miles from Stuart Lake TH to Snow Lakes TH. accurate?

that's a serious outing! well maybe i'll have to run down Icicle Creek road to my truck at Snow Creek TH. going to have to cut out all the soloing. not a bold climber.


17 miles is accurate, although it feels longer.


Just that mile going up Aasgaard Pass feels like 5 miles.
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