The Enchantments

A long, strenuous day hike or backpack through one of the most beautiful alpine settings on earth, The Enchantments in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Starting at either end hike through forest to gain the 7,000-foot plateau. Then follow the trail over ridges, through alpine meadows, and a medley of lakes, granite peaks and subapline larches. It's up to 26 miles and 6,500 ft of elevation gain.

getting there

stuart lake trailhead

From SR 2 in Leavenworth drive Icicle Creek Road (Forest Road 76) for 8.4 miles. Turn left on Eightmile Road (Forest Road 7601), about one mile past Eightmile Campground and signed Lake Stuart/Colchuck Lake.  Continue 3.8 miles to the trailhead (3,400 ft).

snow lake trailhead

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

ON THE TRAIL

Hike through the beautiful Enchantments passing many alpine lakes and towering peaks approaching the 7,000-foot plateau from Snow Lakes or Colchuck Lake. There are many ways to enjoy an outing to The Enchantments--thru hike or round trip, car shuttle or key exchange, day hike or backpack. Here are some of the options:

  • Snow Lake to Colchuck Lake thru hike: 18 miles and 6,500 feet of elevation gain
  • Snow Lake to Aasgard Pass out and back: 26 miles and 6,500 feet of elevation gain
  • Colchuck Lake to Lake Vivian out and back: 16 miles and 4,400 feet of elevation gain

NOTES

  • The section of trail up Aasgard Pass is very strenuous and should only be attempted by those is top condition and experienced with very steep trails with a full pack. From Colchuck Lake 2,200 feet is gained in a mere 0.9 mile.
  • In rain or with snow cover, the Aasgard Pass trail may be quite slippery and dangerous to descend. And in early season, the pass is prone to avalanches.
  • Camping in the Upper Enchantments, at Snow Lakes and at Colchuck Lake is strictly controlled via a quota/permit system administered by the Leavenworth Ranger District.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 18.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,500 ft
  • 7,800 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX
  • Green Trails Enchantment Lakes No. 209S
  • Red Marker
    47.527794, -120.820971
    47.5277943756 -120.820970536
  • Red Marker
    47.544543, -120.708447
    47.544543298 -120.708446503
 
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Backpack - The Enchantments

Backpacking Trip
With sparkling blue-green alpine lakes, granite peaks, waterfalls, and mountain vistas; the Enchantment Lakes Traverse
Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Sun, Sep 30, 2018 - Wed, Oct 3, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants 0 leaders
Registration opens Aug 16
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Enchantments Traverse

Day Hiking Trip
Larch Madness! Come along on an epic - and epically difficult- trek through the best
Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Sat, Oct 13, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Sep 4
Foothills Branch
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Titles

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  • Enchantment Lakes
  • The Enchantments/Aasgard Pass
  • The Enchantments/Colchuck Lake
  • The Enchantments/Snow Lake
  • Enchantments Traverse
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