Snow Lakes (Enchantments)

A strenuous 13 mile round trip hike with 4,220 feet of elevation gain into The Enchantments to visit Snow Lakes and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Savor the views of The Temple to the north, McClellan Peak to the south and the faint smell of mosquito repellant.

getting there

From SR-2 in Leavenworth drive Icicle Creek Road (Forest Road 76) drive 4.2 to the trailhead and large parking lot on the left (south) side of the road (1,350 ft).

on the trail

The Snow Lakes Trail (No. 1553) starts at 1,300 ft and crosses Icicle Creek via a bridge and immediately starts switchbacking up the canyon.  At 2.0 miles (2,800 ft) the climbers hangout, Snow Creek Wall, is on the right. At 4,100 ft the trail crosses Snow Creek and continues up the west side.  At 5.5 miles (5,000 ft) is Nada Lake, half way around the lake some good camp sites can be found.  Continue on the trail for another mile and 400 feet of elevation gain to the dam between upper and lower Snow Lakes.  It shouldn't be too difficult find, just stay on the trail and follow the hum of mosquito's.  At 5,400 ft cross the dam to the south side.  Camp sites can be found near the dam on the left and a mile or so further near the west end of the lake.  


  • A day use permit is required. These are available and self issued at the trail-head.
  • Overnight camping requires a Special Overnight Permit that is available through the land manager's lottery.
  • Dogs and campfires are prohibited, and hikers must use designated campsites at Nada and Snow Lakes.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,200 ft
  • 5,500 ft
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX
  • USGS Enchantment Lakes
  • USGS Leavenworth
  • USGS Blewett
  • Green Trails Enchantment Lakes No. 209S
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