Posts Tagged: Lake Elan

February 17, 2011 – Lake Elan Basin

Lake Elan Basin

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hey everyone. This is what the Lake Elan Basin looks like. It’s in the north-central Cascades in Washington State, near the Mountain Loop Highway. (which heads east from Granite Falls, then north to Darrington.) The spot where I was standing is right near Headlee Pass, along the Sunrise Mine Trail. A nice trail, well worth the effort, but keep in mind that it’s covered in snow until fairly late in the season. (This was taken in September, and most of the lake itself was still frozen over.) But, that’s always the problem with the high country, so whatever.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/125s, f/9.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 28mm.

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September 21, 2010 – Vesper Peak and Lake Elan Basin

Vesper Peak and Lake Elan Basin

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I’m still making progress on all of the pictures I took two summers ago. I know, impressive, right? At this rate you’ll see the pictures I took this weekend sometime in the 2020s. I actually posted another picture from this same hike way back in the day. It was the third picture I ever posted, in fact. (Well, I also posted one last week, but whatever.) The takeaway from that is that I often go through and grab images here and there from past hikes and such, but it takes awhile for me to actually take the time to properly parse through the whole set. I’m still only about halfway through the pics from this hike, but I’ve found several decent ones, that I’m sure you’ll be seeing here sometime or another.

You’re looking at Vesper Peak. The spot where I was standing is accessible via the Sunrise Mine Trail, which is sort of near Monte Cristo on the southern side of the Mountain Loop Highway in Washington State. You hike up into a big huge basin, then up and over one of the ridgelines, crossing at a place called Headlee Pass. Then you hike along a ridge over to this spot. The water you see there is drainage from a lake which I’ve seen called Headlee Lake (named after the pass), Vesper Lake (named after the Peak), and my preferred name, Lake Elan (named after the ski company. Duh.) It’s looking like we may actually get 12 hours or so of nice weather this weekend (fingers crossed!) so I’m actually considering coming back and doing this hike again. When I was there, I just stopped at the lake, but this time I want to hike up Vesper a bit, because I think there could be some nice views. But I’d need to get an early start, which may not be possible, we’ll see.

How about you? Any awesome plans this weekend? Hmm, small talk seems a bit awkward in this context. Forget I said anything…

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/125s, f/10.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 28mm.

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