Travel along with me, by video, to experience all the big mountain views and alpine lakes from my recent backpacking trip in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a designated wilderness area within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, roughly two hours east of Seattle. Alpine lakes are specifically lakes that exist at higher elevations or above tree line in the alpine environment. Alpine lakes are often glacier or snowfield fed, leading to their signature clear, blue water. There are over 700 lakes across the glacier-carved terrain of this wilderness area, thus its appropriate naming: Alpine Lakes. Haze on the horizon from Washington and Oregon forest fires muted the views of the Cascade Range on the horizon, but fortunately there was no smoke in the area.
With this blog post I am trying out a new communication medium: a video montage. I took so many videos on this trip that stringing them all together can almost tell the story of each day (with a few photos also mixed in). Each video is approximately two and a half minutes long and features very rad stock music which should either 1) give you wanderlust or 2) get on your nerves. Regardless, I hope you enjoy traveling along with me, by video this time, to experience the big mountain views and the beautiful alpine lakes.
To view the full story, plus all the pictures and videos, check out my separate Alpine Lakes Wilderness trip report.
Day 1 - Friday, July 30, 2021
Video Synopsis: On Day 1, I hiked from the Cathedral Rock trailhead up to an elevation of 7,000 feet on the southeast slope of Mount Daniel. The 360 degree views of the Cascade Range and the surrounding alpine lakes (Circle Lake, Deep Lake, and Peggy's Pond) were fantastic. I camped for the evening under Cathedral Rock by a crystal clear stream flowing from Mount Daniel glacier runoff.
Day 2 - Saturday, July 31, 2021
Video Synopsis: On Day 2, I connected to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and hiked most of the day out to Jade Lake, an aqua colored and glacial fed alpine lake tucked under steep peaks. I set up camp at an elevated spot on a knoll up above the eastern slope of the lake. I explored around the area for a couple hours in the evening to take in the serene landscape.