The Other Enchantments?
My dad, sister, and I wanted to go on a one night backpacking trip somewhere nice but not too difficult, so we decided to check out the Robin and Tuck Lakes. They are supposedly Enchantment-like, beautiful granite bathtub lakes with mountain goats roaming around. My sister really wanted to see mountain goats, so this was perfect.
The trail to Deception Pass is rather boring, but then it climbs steeply to Tuck Lake. We opted to make camp and leave gear here, since we knew the hike up to Robin Lake was more strenuous and the weather forecast was iffy at best for the next day.
A bit of slab walking and following cairns brought us up to the wonderful Robin Lakes. They are a serious of granite walled lakes and tarns situated high on a ridge, with a beautiful view of Mt. Daniel just across the valley!
They were plenty of goats around the lake, probably because there are lots of people and salt. At least they were not too aggressive.
While my sister and dad rested on the lakeshores, I scrambled partway up Granite Mountain. I got great views to the north, where marine-push clouds swept across the Cascades, leaving on Glacier Peak above the clouds. I think the massive Mt. Daniel Massif is the only thing that blocked us from the clouds.
When it was time for dinner, we hiked back down to Tuck Lake. It was a peaceful evening, but the weather we definitely starting to turn.
It was very beautiful to watch the moist clouds spill over the ridges on Mt. Daniel as the sunset. Our weather here in the Cascades is so fascinating with the effects of the ocean, the mountains, and the eastern desert.
We woke up the next morning to cloudy skies, but no rain! It was an easy hike out back to the car.
Are the Robin Lakes the next Enchantments? Well, they are beautiful granite lakes with abundant mountain goats (and lots of people). But they are definitely different, and do not have the grand peaks of the Enchantments. Still, they are a worthy destination on their own, as a day hike or easy overnight!