alpine lakes wilderness area

Handies Peak Wilderness Study Area in Colorado is breathtaking in the summer. Handies Peak rises 14,048 feet over the area, and this vibrant wilderness also hosts three major canyons, glacial cirques and three alpine lakes. Handies Peak is one of more than 500 wilderness study areas – lands unspoiled by roads or other development that provide outstanding opportunities for solitude. Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands.

Today’s location: Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

Photographer: @scott_kranz •

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a large wilderness area spanning the Central Cascades of Washington state in the United States. The wilderness is located in parts of Wenatchee National Forest and Snoqualmie National Forest, and is approximately bounded by Interstate 90 and Snoqualmie Pass to the south and U.S. Route 2 and Stevens Pass to the north. •

Selected by: @jeff_bell_photos •

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Welcome Friend Sauer Collection.  ca 1930.

Welcome and Celia Sauer married in 1928 and began taking trips to the mountain lakes near Leavenworth, Washington.  Together they visited nearly all of the lakes that were later protected as the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.  These photos were scanned in May 2014 from a collection of nearly 700 2 ½ x 4 ¼ inch negatives that Welcome and Celia shot on their Kodak No. 1A Series III folding camera. 

#1 “Beany’s cabin” on the eastern route up the Snow Lakes rim. 

#2  Location unknown

#3  Location unknown

#4  Prusik Peak and Viviane Lake in the Enchantments.

#5  Probably Lake Elsey in the Central Cascades. 

Photographs instantly become historical records.  Some last longer than others.  This set of five images was put together to invite you to travel to another place and time, for gray-card’s Passport to the World