On a ridgeline shared with needle-like spires with names like The Meteor, Comet Spire, Razorback Spire, and The Blop, Mt. Temple is the high point on the ridge continuation above the popular Prusik Peak . It guards the Snow Lakes entrance to the Enchantment Basin , and commands a spectacular view of the fantastic needles, spires, and lakes that the Stuart Range has gathered together for our exploration. Our route will ascend the Snow Lakes trail into the Enchantment Basin , and then circumnavigate the Mt. Temple massif thru tamarack forest. We will descend along Nada Creek back to the Snow Creek Trail on the way out. The climb ascends snow, then a stone-choked crack, where we will slab, ramp, and chimney our way to the summit.
|Driving Distance from Portland||270 miles|
|Driving Time from Portland||5 hours|
|Expected Duration||Car to car in two or more days|
|Relevant Books||Cascade Alpine Guide: Columbia River to Stevens Pass by Fred Beckey|
|Relevant Maps||USGS 7 minute series, Enchantment Lakes, and Green Trails Map No. 209S, The Enchantments, Washington or Alpine Lakes Wilderness Map, 2nd Edition, published by the Alpine Lakes Protection Society <href="http: maps.google.com="" maps?f="q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Prusik+Peak&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=40.732051,93.164063&ie=UTF8&t=p&hq=&hnear=Prusik+Peak,+Leavenworth,+Chelan,+Washington+98826&ll=47.486933,-120.771461&spn=0.016327,0.045447&z=15"" title="Google map">Google map</href="http:>|