The Enchantments

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Day Hike - The Enchantments

This is a hike up and down Aasgard Pass from the Steward Lake trail head. Aasgard Pass involves a 2200 vt. ft. gain in less than 1 mile with loose rock in places (the entire hike in 12.2 miles and 4400 vt. ft.). And, there is some boulder hoping going around Colchuck Lake. Please do not sign up for this hike if you are not comfortable with loose rock and going through boulder fields. If everyone is in very good shape, we might try to go up Little Annapurna and take in some of the best views in the state. If we make it up Aasgard pass in less than 4 hours and everyone in the group wants to go for Little Annapurna, this will turn into a 15 mile 5400 vt. foot hike. If we go up Little Annapurna we will likely be coming up in the dark, everyone needs to have a head lamp and enough food for 12 hrs of hiking. The trail head is ~3.5 hrs from Seattle. I am setting an early start to allow time to get up Little Annapurna and get down Aasgard Pass before dark. This hike will be cancelled if there is more than a 25% chance of rain. Aasgard Pass is dangerous enough when it is dry, going down Aasgard when it is wet is asking for an injury. Some useful links: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/aasgard-pass http://www.summitpost.org/little-annapurna/151427

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 18.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,500 ft

Lake Stewart Trail Head 

This is a hike up and down  Aasgard Pass from the Steward Lake trail head.  Aasgard Pass involves a 2200 vt. ft. gain in less than 1 mile with loose rock in places (the entire hike in 12.2 miles and 4400 vt. ft.).  And, there is some boulder hoping going around Colchuck Lake.  Please do not sign up for this hike if you are not comfortable with loose rock and going through boulder fields.  If everyone is in very good shape, we might try to go up Little Annapurna and take in some of the best views in the state.  If we make it up Aasgard pass in less than 4 hours and everyone in the group wants to go for Little Annapurna, this will turn into a 15 mile 5400 vt. foot hike.  If we go up Little Annapurna we will likely be coming up in the dark, everyone needs to have a head lamp and enough food for 12 hrs of hiking.   The trail head is ~3.5 hrs from Seattle.  I am setting an early start to allow time to get up Little Annapurna and get down Aasgard Pass before dark.    

 

This hike will be cancelled if there is more than a 25% chance of rain.  Aasgard Pass is dangerous enough when it is dry, going down Aasgard when it is wet is asking for an injury.  

 

Some useful links: 

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/aasgard-pass 

http://www.summitpost.org/little-annapurna/151427 


Route/Place

The Enchantments



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

    Green Trails Enchantment Lakes No. 209S
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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