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#202783 - 03/11/19 11:32 PM Alpine Lakes Wilderness
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I was thining of adding this to my list for this summer. Im spending 3 weeks this summer backpacking up in the NW and was wanting to hit Washington. Im a huge fan of alpine lakes and wanted to see how this area compared to the Sawtooth Wilderness or the Winds. I wont be going into the Enchantment though because not having a permit

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#202790 - 03/18/19 02:47 PM Re: Alpine Lakes Wilderness [Re: toddfw2003]
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Since no one else has responded, I'll put in my two cents worth. I've been to the Enchantments, and it's a beautiful area, definitely worthwhile if you can get a permit. You might consider the "Little Enchantments" also, which I don't believe requires one.

Some other nice places in the NW would be the Goat Rocks Wilderness and Glacier Peak Wilderness, both in WA.

In the northeast corner of Oregon, the Eagle Cap Wilderness is spectacular. I did this loop (sort of) with a friend some years ago: Up the (west)Lostine River to Minam Lake, then east over the ridge to Upper Lake and Mirror Lake. We camped the second night at Mirror Lake, then day hiked past Moccasin Lake and up to Glacier Lake the next day. The following day we climbed Eagle Cap (there's a trail to the top). We didn't go to Pocket Lake, but it looks like there's a trail from the end of Moccasin Lake, at least on the USGS Eagle Cap quad. I can't seem to find my Eagle Cap Wilderness map at the moment. We hiked out along the East Lostine river. Anyway, no shortage of alpine lakes and beautiful scenery. We got some snow at Glacier Lake (in August) so be prepared.
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#202926 - 04/20/19 04:03 PM Re: Alpine Lakes Wilderness [Re: Bill Kennedy]
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The Eagle Cap Wilderness looks awesome. Its pretty close to where i will be. I will be coming from the Sawtooth Wilderness

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#202927 - 04/20/19 06:40 PM Re: Alpine Lakes Wilderness [Re: Bill Kennedy]
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In the northeast corner of Oregon, the Eagle Cap Wilderness is spectacular.

You are letting the cat out of the bag on the world wide internet. That's dangerous, you know. wink Of course, it being so remote from literally everywhere does tend to soften the impact. smile

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