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Seattle Forrest 07-31-19 12:39 PM

Enchantment Lakes aka Shangri La (pics)
 
Ive posted a lot of ride reports here over the years, with beautiful mountain scenery to complement a beautiful road bike. The way I find roads to ride on is usually that I go hiking, and say to myself my god, I need to come back with my bike. Id like to share some photos of where one of the roads I ride as a spring classic leads. Every year in April I go to 11worth and ride Icicle Road. Now that I have a gravel bike I like to also ride Eightmile Road. This is where it leads.

Tagging @woodway and @Carbonfiberboy because they provided invaluable beta, and @HTupolev because hes an encyclopedia of local riding knowledge and will hopefully enjoy seeing these.

I did this with a friend, we were going for photos and the slowest known time. It took us 23 hours to do this traverse, we never stopped for more than 10 minutes. I saw a shooting star from the spillway between Snow Lakes. Officially this is supposed to be about 18 miles (more because we got lost a few times in the darkness), with about 5,500 of ascent and 10,000 of descent. Ive wanted to do this for a decade, although I wanted to spread the pain over 3 to 5 days. But Ive never had luck in the permit lottery, so I decided to do it as a day hike before I get too old.

Slabby fun world was hands down the most beautiful place Ive ever seen and Ive seen many. I regret leaving.

No trip to the Enchantments would be complete without goats.

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Aasgard Pass

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I didn't realize the upper basin would be a river!

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Perfection Lake

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I was going for contrast between the warm evening light at the top of the frame, and the cold blue water. I wound up cropping from the top and maybe ruined the effect I was going for.

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My buddy, in the lower basin.

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Did I mention the waterfalls?

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It was very important for us to get below the infamous via ferrata section before dark. They put rebar in after somebody died here descending in the rain. Neither of us wanted to test our luck descending by headlamp. But we made it in plenty of time and didn't need to use the rods; slabby fun land is made of grippy granite.

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Jack takes in the very long march ahead of us as sunset spreads across the far ridge. Upper Snow below us.

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This is what the last ten miles looked like.

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Seattle Forrest 07-31-19 12:40 PM

My buddy looking at our immediate future.

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This kid was cute.

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I wasn't able to count the goats, a lady I talked to for a while on the way up told me she'd counted 40 that day.

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berner 07-31-19 04:22 PM

I'm a lowland dweller myself but love mountains. I've backpacked three time into the Wemenuche Wilderness are of Colorado near Durango. A traverse of the area on the Continental Divide Trail stays above 10,000 feet. Your photos reminded me of that area and the sheer pleasure of standing and looking at all that beauty.

seau grateau 07-31-19 04:26 PM

Love the goat pics!

redlude97 07-31-19 04:31 PM

I was mildly dissapointed this wasn't a hike a bike renegade adventure. Never through hiked but done some camping in the lower enchantments and it really is a magical place. Good fly fishing as well

datlas 07-31-19 04:39 PM

Kudos

seedsbelize 07-31-19 04:40 PM

Very inviting. Thanks

Seattle Forrest 07-31-19 09:51 PM


Originally Posted by redlude97 (Post 21054016)
I was mildly dissapointed this wasn't a hike a bike renegade adventure. Never through hiked but done some camping in the lower enchantments and it really is a magical place. Good fly fishing as well

Too many rangers up there for that.

I was mildly disappointed I couldn't tame a goat and ride it up. :mad:

puma1552 07-31-19 09:59 PM

Great pics, thanks for sharing.

HTupolev 07-31-19 10:05 PM

Stunning.

I was considering checking out Icicle Road on my tour a month ago, but decided to skip it due to a developing achilles injury.

NoWhammies 07-31-19 10:23 PM

Great pics! Beautiful scenery. Great way to spend a day or two.

rseeker 08-01-19 01:21 AM

Stunningly beautiful. I hope the feeling stays with you.

ooga-booga 08-01-19 02:21 AM

oh hell yes. thank you for the pics. inspiration and soul-stirring.

Clipped_in 08-01-19 09:23 AM

Stunning scenery and great pics!:thumb:

MattTheHat 08-01-19 09:35 AM

1. I'm jealous. Beautiful country!
2. From reading your posts here on BF, it's long been obvious you know your way around a bicycle.
3. It's obvious you know your way around a camera as well.

Absolutely stunning photographs!


-Matt

redlude97 08-01-19 12:30 PM


Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest (Post 21054418)

I was mildly disappointed I couldn't tame a goat and ride it up. :mad:

I've tried to do that too :lol:

Seattle Forrest 08-01-19 12:34 PM


Originally Posted by MattTheHat (Post 21054922)
1. I'm jealous. Beautiful country!
2. From reading your posts here on BF, it's long been obvious you know your way around a bicycle.
3. It's obvious you know your way around a camera as well.

Absolutely stunning photographs!


-Matt

Thanks! And thanks for looking, too. :)

If you can believe it, all of these are from my phone. Didn't want to carry a heavy SLR for this. The goats use the same trails we do, sometimes you come around a corner and there's a family of them 5 feet away. They need salt, and they know our pee is full of it, so they tolerate our presence pretty well.


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