Each year I contemplate the hike I will be making into the Enchantments for larches and fall colors. I go over hiking gear lists, camera gear, food plans, compositions, etc. I decided to go Snow Lakes route this year, having gone Asgaard Pass out of the Stuart Lake trailhead the previous two years.
We planned on staying 3 days near Leprechaun Lake. The weather report indicated snow in the area we wanted to camp in and temps in the 20s so I packed accordingly. My tent was the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1. My sleeping bag was the Mountain Hardwear Phantom 0 degree and Thermarest Xtherm pad. My pack was the Zpacks Arc Blast cuben/carbon pack. Arc’Teryx Bora2 boots, Cerium SV and Alpha FL jacket, Rampart pants and Atom LT insulated pants. There’s a reason why I worked retail at the ArcTeryx store for two years 🙂
My camera gear was my Sony a7r2, Zeiss 55 and Zeiss 16-35 lenses along with my Voigtlander 10mm. I brought my carbon tent pole tripod, which was pretty underwhelming so my shots were all handheld. For hydration, I brought two small bottles of gatorade and made more with Endurox R4 and electrolyte tabs as I hiked. Food-wise, I had oatmeal and high protein granola, a stack of peanut butter and honey sandwiches and a pile of snacks heavy on Snickers bars. I left the trailhead at 32lbs, which I was pretty happy with. FWIW, I don’t do poles after an unfortunately pole to tooth incident a few years back, and I drink straight out of fast-moving streams. This has always worked for me, but I don’t necessarily recommend it for others.
Once the dates were in place, I put out some invites for others to go along. All this inviting resulted in two people going with me: Jenn and Erwin. Erwin insisted on camping halfway up which is new to me but we found camping at Snow Lakes to be a nice break and got some great shots there.
Another nice part of staying at Snow Lake is that the next section is flat for a while. Having rounded Snow Lake, however, the climbing begins. We took it slow and got to Leprechaun Lake in a few hours.
We camped near Leprechaun Lake and set out getting photos.It was a great trip as always. Oncoming snow showers sent us back down a bit earlier than expected but we decided caution was in order. As I write this a few days later, I, of course, already want to go back 🙂 Here is a random sampling of shots from the hike:
Many more shots at Mike Reid Photography