159 – Backpacking the Enchantments – On to Ida Creek

If you’ve been following the blog posts about our backpacking trip into the Enchantments area of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, you already know that it was not the fact that the Government was in the middle of its 2013 shutdown that kept us from entering the inner core of the Enchantments but an early snowfall with lingering cold temperatures that caused a buildup of ice on the rebar steps over giant granite slabs that prevented us from going any further than the Lower and Upper Snow Lakes. If you missed that story, go here –https://60before60.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/63-snow-lakes/ – and you’ll be caught up in a flash. Meanwhile, we had the week off and enough food and gear with us for that week, so what did we do? We packed up and decided to move on.

4,000' Up - 4,000' Down
4,000′ Up – 4,000′ Down

Enjoying the views along the trail as we make our way back down to the trailhead.

Along the trail . . .
Along the trail . . .

And it was like any other day on the trail – absolutely beautiful!

The view . . . from the trail
The view . . . from the trail

Having fun along the trail . . .

(pic by Kenton Doughty) Along the trail
(pic by Kenton Doughty) Along the trail

The fall colors in the thick understory were a welcome treat to the eyes as we entered a lower elevation forest previously lost to a forest fire.

All ong the trail
All ong the trail

Even though the Government shutdown was still in progress and all Government campgrounds were closed, as it turned out, the management of some of the campgrounds in the National Forests is contracted out to private companies, so there were several in the Leavenworth area that were open for business. Car camping this time rather than backpacking, here’s our campsite at Ida Creek.

Fall colors at our camp
Fall colors at our camp

As usual, we find beautiful places to eat.

Dining on the beach at camp
Dining on the beach at camp

The Ida Creek Campground is in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near Leavenworth, WA. Go here – http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/okawen/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=58815&actid=31 – for more information on this campgrounds. Keep them in mind if you ever find yourself looking for a campground in the National Forest in the Leavenworth area and the Government is in the middle of a shutdown. It’s a beauty!

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