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Day Hike - Enchantments Thru Hike

Enchantments Thru Hike

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6:30 AM at Trail Head
This is frequently called the most scenic hike in the Pacific Northwest. See: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/enchantment-lakes http://www.summitpost.org/enchantments/170944 http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/378867 And, there are many more photos on line. The catch is this is a brutal day hike. Starting from Stuart Lake head and ending at the Snow Lake trail head it’s a 18 mile, 5000 Vt. ft. up and 6000 Vt. ft. down hike ( don’t know why the description says 4400 vt. ft. everything else says 5000). Everyone who goes on this hike must have completed a hike with 5000+ Vt. ft. elevation gain with in a month prior to this hike. If you have not done a 5000+ Vt. ft. hike with The Mountaineers you must email me with what you have done prior to the hike. Since this is a through hike with car shuttles we cannot leave people behind and pick them up on the way back. The plan is to meet at the Snow Lakes trail head at 6:30am. We will take 1/2 the cars to the Stuart Lake trail head and start the hike from there. We should be on the trail by 7:15. Sunrise is at 6:51am. The trail at the beginning of the hike is in forest (shade), so lead lamps will be needed. We will go at a brisk pace up to Aasgard Pass. We will take a break at the top of Aasgard Pass then we go through “the core enchantment zone” at a moderate pace with lots of short breaks for photos and filtering water. At the end of Snow Lake we will pick up the pace and try to get back to the parking lot before sunset. The sun will set at 6:59pm, but because there will be mountains to the west of us (including Aasgard Pass) it will be dark on the trail long before sunset. Everyone must have a head lamp. I will be staying in Wenatchee Friday and Saturday night. It takes over 2 1/2 hours to drive to the Stuart Lake trail head from downtown Seattle. I recommend everyone stay in the area Friday and Saturday night as well. I hope someone will volunteer to organize some car camping for everyone who wants to do that. Any questions, please email me.
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