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Washington’s World Of The Larch

As autumn closes in on the larches, the green bleeds out of their needles, leaving a towering spire of gold.

Getting There:

From Leavenworth (about 100 miles east of Seattle on US 2), drive 4 miles northwest on Icicle River Road to the Snow Lake trailhead. Or drive a few miles further to the Colchuck Lake/Aasgard Pass trailhead, a shorter but steeper route to Enchantment Basin.

Prime Time:

Mid-September to mid-October.

Guides:

100 Hikes in Washington’s Alpine Lakes, by Vicky Spring, Ira Spring, and Harvey Manning (The Mountaineers Books, 800-553-4453; $14.95).

Contact:

Leavenworth Ranger District, Wenatchee National Forest, (509) 548-6977; www.fs.fed.us/r6/

wenatchee.

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