A classic Enchantments hike to an alpine lake
By the Numbers
With the snow mostly gone, I opted for the classic hike to this gorgeous alpine lake.
The weather was variable at the start and I was undecided on shorts or pants, trail runners or boots. I opted for pants and boots and was not disappointed in the decision as the trail had a lot of water and near the lake it started to flurry.
The trail starts easily enough, winding its way through the woods with a few wildflowers visible along the trail. I hadn’t seen a Calypso orchid yet this spring and was delighted when they began to appear trailside.
Along the way many rivers, streams, and runoffs are crossed, including a sturdy log bridge leading to a boulder field. After crossing the bridge take a right and follow the cairns along the river.
The mountain views along the trail are delightful, especially with the snow still lingering in the trees.
I arrived at the lake in a few hours, having stopped several times for photos along the way. The clouds which had been threatening all morning were still low in the sky and obscured the views. I took a few photos hoping the clouds would part just enough and then headed back down.
The spring melt was in full force and all along the trail water was flowing. I’m curious to know if the water runs so freely year-round.
All in all a great little hike and it certainly whet my appetite for an Enchantments thru-hike later in the summer.