On my first trip to the Chiwaukum last November, Ethan, Kate and I "enjoyed" a quite-cold day of solitude, but didn't get to fully experience the area.
Yesterday I did the long-form loop from Chatter Creek through the Mormon Lady Lakes, Frosty Pass and on to Doelle Lakes (pronounced "duel-ee"; named by Sylvester for William Doelle of Cashmere who lost his life fighting a forest fire in the area) and Chain Lakes, returning via Icicle Creek. Ben had done this a couple of weeks ago and reminded me I needed to go too.
All trails are in good shape and there is abundant water throughout the loop. From the Chatter Creek TH through Frosty Pass was quite busy (15 people?) but I was the only one through Doelle and Chain Lakes, the highlight of the loop. Larches on the east side are just starting to change.
Thanks to Forest Service rangers Adam and Shane, who I had a nice long chat with on the trail. Great to see them out rangering the high hunt and hear some of their thoughts on challenges the area is facing. I have a lot of time for those guys.
The loop is just under 30 miles with ~7,500'+ of gain.
|Looking back down the Chatter Creek drainage from the upper basin; Cashmere Mountain peeking out|
|Index Creek drainage, from just below Lake Edna|
|Larches in the basin south of Lake Edna|
|Lake Edna, Icicle Ridge and Big Jim Mountain (left)|
|Pano from above Ladies Pass (center); Ladies Peak above and Snowgrass Mountain summit in the clouds at right|
|Northwest face of Grindstone Mountain, with Lake Alice|
|Northwest face of Grindstone|
|Upper Florence Lake|
|North face of Mt. Stuart|
|Lake Margaret, Frosty Pass and the ridges toward Doelle-Chain beyond|
|Large meadow before Doelle Lakes|
|Lower Doelle Lake|
|Fight crowds in the Enchantments or have this all to yourself...?|
|Lower Doelle Lake|
|Upper Doelle Lake and the north end of Bulls Tooth|
|The upper two Chain Lakes|
|ID help? Maybe a baby Western Toad?|
|There is a lot of old growth in the upper Icicle|
|Fall colors through Icicle Creek|