Super day: Colchuck, Dragontail, Witches Tower, Annapurna

  • Date:
    2012/07/01
    Elevation gain:
    6,585 feet
    Trip type:
    scramble
    USGS quad:
    Enchantment Lakes
    In:
    Alpine Lakes Wilderness
    Car-to-car:
    12 hours 7 minutes
    • 4 hours 20 minutes ascending from Stuart Lake trail head to the summit of Colchuck Peak
    • 1 hour 31 minutes traversing from the summit of Colchuck Peak to the summit of Dragontail Peak
    • 45 minutes traversing from the summit of Dragontail Peak to the summit of Witches Tower
    • 41 minutes traversing from the summit of Witches Tower to the summit of Little Annapurna
    • 3 hours 31 minutes descending from the summit of Little Annapurna to Stuart Lake trail head
  • We ran into a few goats on the trail by Colchuck Lake
    We ran into a few goats on the trail by Colchuck Lake
  • Taking a break on the SW side of Colchuck Lake before heading up the Colchuck Glacier
    Taking a break on the SW side of Colchuck Lake before heading up the Colchuck Glacier
  • Near the top of the Colchuck Glacier
    Near the top of the Colchuck Glacier
  • Three different parties on the summit of Colchuck Peak
    Three different parties on the summit of Colchuck Peak
  • Lindsay looking across Colchuck Col to the snow gully leading to Pandora's Box.  That is where we are headed next.
    Lindsay looking across Colchuck Col to the snow gully leading to Pandora's Box. That is where we are headed next.
  • On our way up to Pandora's Box.  Argonaut Peak in the background.
    On our way up to Pandora's Box. Argonaut Peak in the background.
  • Lindsay down climbing the other side of Pandora's Box
    Lindsay down climbing the other side of Pandora's Box
  • Brian on the summit of Dragontail Peak
    Brian on the summit of Dragontail Peak
  • After an hour on the summit of Dragontail, we decide to climb Witches Tower too.
    After an hour on the summit of Dragontail, we decide to climb Witches Tower too.
  • Traversing Valhalla Cirque.  Dragontail Peak in the background.
    Traversing Valhalla Cirque. Dragontail Peak in the background.
  • Witches Tower
    Witches Tower
  • Dragontail Peak from Witches Tower
    Dragontail Peak from Witches Tower
  • Carrie waving to Brett and Gretchen, who are down by Aasgard Pass.
    Carrie waving to Brett and Gretchen, who are down by Aasgard Pass.
  • Brian and I decided to hike up Annapurna too.  The Temple in the background.
    Brian and I decided to hike up Annapurna too. The Temple in the background.
  • Brian on the summit of Little Annapurna, looking down at the Flagpole Needles.
    Brian on the summit of Little Annapurna, looking down at the Flagpole Needles.
  • After a short break on top of Annapurna, Brian and I hurried down to catch up with the rest of the party.
    After a short break on top of Annapurna, Brian and I hurried down to catch up with the rest of the party.
  • The foot bridge over Mountaineer Creek
    The foot bridge over Mountaineer Creek
  • We got back to the cars with tons of daylight left.  This was an efficient party!
    We got back to the cars with tons of daylight left. This was an efficient party!

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