The Enchantments


Backcountry Trail Run - Enchantments Traverse

Join us for an epic trail run of the Enchantments Traverse! Run through an alpine paradise of rugged peaks, crystal alpine lakes, and iconic mountain goats! This trip is suitable for highly experienced trail runners only! Leader permission is required.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 19.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,000 ft
  • Pace: average of 20 min miles

 We'll meet at a restaurant in Leavenworth at approximately 7:00PM the night before to go over logistics. Participants should plan to stay the night before the run. Options and details will be sent to registered participants.  

We will start the run at the Stuart Lake trailhead very early in the morning (time TBD) after we shuttle cars.

We will run from the Stuart Lake trailhead  to the Snow Lakes trailhead. 

Please be advised that this is a trail run, not a hike. Participants must be experienced trail runners, comfortable with technical terrain, and in stellar physical condition. For example, you should have  recently run a half-marathon with significant (3,000+ ft) elevation gain.  We expect it to take 6 hours of running to complete the route. Our overall time may be a bit longer so we can take some picture/water breaks.  We will fast hike steep sections such as Aasgard Pass. 

We will take short breaks as needed with possibly a longer break at a lake mid-way. We will replenish our water from water sources along the route. 

Leader permission is required because of the extreme nature of this trip. Once we start, it won't be easy to turn around or bail. Please tell us about your recent trail running history.  Leaders will not respond to inquiries before the Registration date. 

This trip is for fully vaccinated runners only! You will be asked to show proof of your vaccine status when you request Leader permission. 

Please read about the Traverse before you request Leader permission.

This trip may be canceled due to inclement weather or wildfire smoke.  The backup date is Sept. 17th. 


The Enchantments

  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

    Green Trails Enchantment Lakes No. 209S
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