Great page! I enjoyed looking at the pictures very much. The Enchantments look like a wonderful area. Thank you for sharing this area with us.
Another excellent page from you Dean!
Very good page, congratulations ...
I´m impressive!!!. Really it`s a good, good page. Congratulations Dean.
Excellent text, outstanding photographs! More great work from SP's Enchantments ambassador!
Excellent page!! Thanks! Rahel
Very Nice! The effort you put into your pages is really appreciated. Thanks, Martin
Great page! Thanks for including information on the Nightmare Needles. :-)
Nice page. Looks like a friendly mtn. Not one prone to frostbite, avalanches and dropping rocks on you as the big one does. Great photos including those from the ponds.
Outstanding page on a beauty of a mountain!
Excellent photos as well.
Your pages are very informative. Some people don't like pages that are comprehensive, but I do. Good stuff!
Nicely written page. It's full of informattion and looks to be a very nice area.
I'm not familiar with the area, what is the timberline elevation? and is this the case with the entire state?
Plus the more I read about the west coast states the more I run into having to have a pass or a permit, why is this??? Is there not enough tundra area?
The northern latitude of Washington does push the timberline down some as compared to Utah or California. The timberline is reached in most areas of the state at about the 7000 foot mark, of course, with variations.
Due to the fact that Seattle is only 2 1/2 hours away, the population pressure is intense, similar to some of the 14'ers that are near Denver. The permit system for the Enchantments is really somewhat necessary as it has saved the fragile area from being trampled to death.
I started going into this area back in 1971 and there weren't too many people going there in those days but by 1990, the place had been fully discovered and people were "loving" it to death so the forest service enacted one of the first permit systems in Washington, very much opposed by most of us but in time I had to admit that it probably saved the area. (That is tough to admit)
Anyway, most of the areas requiring permits are near Portland or Seattle and the really only require filling out a form which doesn't keep you from entering the area you want to visit. However, the Enchantments are different and well patrolled by rangers. You can day hike with a day permit but camping requires the harder to get permit discussed on the page. Whew, I hope you didn't go to sleep reading this and I hope I may have answered your questions. If not, don't hesitate to email me direct. I'd be happy to answer any question you might have.
Across from Little Annapurna stands Prusik Peak , one of the most sought after peaks in the state as shown by these two pics taken on a late september trip in 2002.
Excellent images, it looks to be a very difficult peak to ascend. I know very little about the mountians of Washington and appreciate you answering my questions. The only fourteener near Denver that requires permits for camping is Longs Peak and that's in RMNP. The rest require you to just sign in at the trailhead register, and that includes hikes up Longs as well.
The only permit system that is in affect in Colorado is for the Maroon Bells Wilderness (starting in 2004) and is the same system as in Washington except for the camping permits. This is the first permit system in the state and talking with fellow hikers they are worried about this happening in other areas and essentially turning into California.
Rainer has always been on my list of peaks to conquer and I hope to get an opportunity to climb it someday. I hope I'm not making you sleepy and you can email me as well.
Good page with very complete information.
Red tape or not, this looks like a great area. I love the northwest and have done some hikes up there, but not enough, and no climbs. I'll start a list. Thanks.
Excellent effort !!!
And another great page!
I've started making those "been doing it for over 30 years" type statements. They nicknamed me Old Man at the office. I always tell them that the Old Man can still kick their butts!