Year of 2017

Prusik Peak in the Enchantments of Washington

The eminently photogenic Prusik Peak really calls attention to itself. That’s quite a feat in the Enchantments, an alpine basin area in the Stuart Range, a sub-range of the Cascades in Washington state. When climbers began exploring the region known for its sparkling lakes, they gave fairy names to the features of the lower basin (Gnome Tarn, for instance) and turned to Norse mythology for the upper basin (Valhalla Cirque). Some of those mystical names didn’t stick, but the region is still listed on maps as the Enchantments.

The Enchantments is an area comprising an upper and a lower basin, the lakes and tarns contained within them, and the peaks of the Stuart Range bounding the basins. The area is located entirely within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness about 15 miles southwest of Leavenworth, Washington in the United States. The Enchantments is regarded as one of the most spectacular locations in the Cascade Range.
Prusik Peak
View of Prusik Peak from Gnome Tarn