At 8,440', Little Annapurna or Lil' Annie as I like to call her is a bit lower on the Bulger list sitting at #68
. However her location smack dab in the middle of the upper basin of the Enchantments gives her some of the most commanding views of the entire area. On April 11th, 2016 I was suffering a bit from cabin fever as the winter drew to a close. I decided to take a gamble and make an attempt on her summit despite the road to the trailhead being closed, adding an additional eight miles to the trip. Fortunately it was mostly snow free so I was able to make quick progress to the trailhead. There I followed a well beaten path to Colchuck Lake. That's when the fun really started as instead of skirting the lake, I walked right across it. It was on odd sensation looking at the ring of peaks from a different perspective than usual. Once at the base of Aasgard Pass, I ditched the snowshoes and the trip began to feel like mountaineering as I ascended to the pass. A few sections got the pulse going a bit as one gets a sense of just how steep the climb is when it is covered in snow. But those tense moments were so worth it when I topped out and looked down upon the upper basin of the Enchantments during a time of year that so few see this area. A giant plateau covered in snow and surrounded by a ring of jagged peaks. I quickly made my way across the basin and climbed the remaining 500' to the summit of Lil' Annie. There I basked in the warm spring sun and took a million pictures. The return trip went quickly as I was assisted by gravity and fantastic snow conditions. Ten hours after starting, I was back at my car with a huge smile on my face from this unique experience and my eighth Bulger summit. A couple of months later I would summit her again during my Enchantment Super Loop, a trip where I crossed bear tracks in the snow near her summit. Many of the pictures are from that trip as I had lost my camera on the first trip.