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Golden Larches in Headlight Basin, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA State

This hike was a larch march to Headlight Basin, just past Ingalls Pass. Every fall these larches,coniferous trees of the genus Larix, turn a brilliant yellow before they lose their needles. Larches are different than most conifers because they are deciduous and drop their needles every fall. Headlight Basin, just over Ingalls Pass and before Lake Ingalls, is home to a these larches and a small herd of mountain goats. This photo was taken from the rocky amphitheater above the basin. If you look carefully you can see a mountain goat in the basin. On the skyline Mt. Stuart and Ingalls Peaks loom over the basin. The hike to Headlight Basin and Lake Ingalls starts from a trailhead at the end of FR 9737 which is accessed by the Teanaway River Road, not far from Cle Elum, Washington. The Lake Ingalls trail to the lake is 9.0 miles round trip and has a 2,600 elevation gain.

Copyright: Bill Edwards
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 15044x7522
Taken: 30/09/2015
Uploaded: 03/10/2015
Updated: 06/01/2019


Tags: mt. stuart; ingalls peak; cascades; washington; wenatchee mountains; alpine lakes wilderness; headlight basin; larch; larches; wilderness; trails; hike; hiking; mountains
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