Angels Staircase

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Angels Staircase

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Finally got the chance to check this one off the list- people call it an epic ride for good reason!  One of the most beautiful trails I’ve been on, though you definitely earn your turns.

 

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Climbing up towards Horsehead Pass, the first summit of the day.

 

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The larches were just beginning to change color. Eagle Lake in the background.

 

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Stunning spot to ride!

 

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Changing of the guard.

 

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Boiling Lake

 

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A fun descent through the larches before climbing again to reach the high point of the trip at the Angels Staircase.

 

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Fast and flowy.

 

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Hike-a-bike to reach the top of the Staircase.

 

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We were rewarded with a killer view from the top.

 

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Looking down on the meadow we had just climbed up through. Most groups do the loop in the opposite direction, and the meadow would have been a really fun descent. We did it ‘backwards’ so that we could finish with an epic 6 mile, 6,000′ descent back to camp down the Foggy Dew trail.

 

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Refueling after the long climb.  Not too many trails in Washington get up to 8,000′.

 

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Starting the long descent to camp and waiting beers. Cooney Lake in the background.

 

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The descent through the larches was tons of fun.

 

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Miles and miles of this, all the way back to camp and some cold beers.

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