Day Hike - Enchantments Traverse


Day Hike - Enchantments Traverse

Larch Madness! Come along on an epic - and epically difficult- trek through the best of the Enchantments.

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

Meeting place and time: please sign up for the 7:00am shuttle from the Snow Lakes trailhead on Icicle Road. This will get us to the Lake Stuart trailhead at approximately 7:30am. (Icicle Road is paved and so any car can reach the Snow Lakes trailhead; to reach the Lake Stuart trailhead you must drive a bumpy dirt road for 3.8 miles.)

Note: if severe weather is in the forecast this trip may be canceled or re-scheduled.

Trip leader will most likely be staying over in Leavenworth the night before this hike.

We will proceed from the Stuart Lake trailhead to the Snow Lakes trailhead on Icicle Creek Road, a one-way route of about 18-19 miles. This hike may take up to 12 hours, depending on our pace. 


  • Aasgard Pass is very difficult, steep, and rocky, with exposure. Scramble-like moves may be required. People who suffer from vertigo may have trouble negotiating Aasgard Pass. The descent from the Enchantments to the Snow Lakes is similarly difficult, though shorter.
  • Mountain goats are often seen in the Enchantments and special caution is required around them. Please review this video from the US Forest Service on safety around mountain goats before this trip:
  • Weather may become stormy fast in this high alpine environment. Snow may fall.
  • Primitive, unmaintained trails are part of this route.
  • Toilets. Blue bags aka "wag bags" and/or the use of the provided toilets is best for the fragile alpine environment in the Enchantments.

The Enchantments

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

    Green Trails Enchantment Lakes No. 209S
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire starting supplies
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water) and water treatment method (filter, Steri-Pen, Aqua Mira, etc.)
  10. Emergency shelter
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