Sunday, September 11, 2016

Big Chiwaukum, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Fresh off completing the Bulger Top 100, Eric is already tallying the remaining peaks for the Top 200. Doing the approaches to the climbs (Big Chiwaukum, on this day) usually is enough for me while he can get his summit and I can lounge. Clear fall days have to be my favorite time of year...

In the lower basin after leaving the Wildhorse Trail
In the lower basin
The elusive ground blueberry
Cresting the talus slope leading into the upper basin
Glacier Peak and its Wilderness
Snowgrass Mountain and Lake Grace
Big Chiwaukum's southwest ridge
Pano from ~7900' on Big Chiwaukum, south (left) to north looking west
The north face of Snowgrass with Upper Grace Lake

Looking at Frosty Pass and the terrain of Doelle-Chain lakes
Looking south from Big Chiwaukum's south ridge at 7900'; Big Jim at back left, Lake Charles left foreground, Stuart and Enchantment peaks back center-left
Looking north toward Maude, Bonanza and Dome (at left?)
Descending low on the SW ridge
The upper basin
Deer bed?

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