The Enchantments Trail

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The Enchantments Trail is a 18 mile point-to-point trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen. The trail is primarily used for hiking & trail running and is accessible from July until October.

From Leavenworth, S on Icicle Creek Rd (FSR 7600) 8.5 miles. Left on FSR 7601 for 4 miles to Stuart Lake trailhead at end of road

Federal Northwest Forest Pass required to park, backcountry camping permits required to camp, awarded by lottery by the Leavenworth Ranger Staion

Wenatchee National Forest
Leavenworth Ranger Station
600 Sherbourne
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Tel: 509.458.6977



7 Completed 7 Reviews

A tough hike. Plan for it. Plans should include
1 training on hills with a loaded pack 3x/week (close to home if you can't get away),
2 dropping weight that you will NOT need, changing gear e.g. ditch the heavy 6 lb tent for something lighter like a hammock or tarp with netting (if you plan to go before September).

Water is plentiful along the trail.
Thanks to the Forest Service crowd management strategy, you'll see some people, but not crowds. Make sure you day hike to Little Annapurna. The views invigorate. Trails with grand views, Wonderful campsites. More goats than you'll ever want--I'd love to taste BBQ goat.



6 Completed 8 Reviews

P.S. We had a backcountry permit for 4 days, 3 nights...would definitly want it for 6 days next time, spending more time in the Alpine lakes area. Didn't like the Snow Lakes campground, we'd either stay closer to Viviane Lake or head all the way out.



6 Completed 8 Reviews

Asgard Pass, difficult but amazing! Well worth the sweat to get up into the backcountry. Labor Day weekend makes this trail a definite HWY for thru hikers, some crazy assed loud at all times of the day and evening- not what I expected out of folks who like to hike, but otherwise, the views - breath taking. We even got to see an ice floe calve and slip into Inspiration Lake. If I did this hike again, it would be during the week, Mon- to Fri to avoid the crowds and definitely not over any holiday.



30 Completed 18 Reviews

The lower portions of the enchantments are just like any other hike with beautiful mountains alpine lakes and beautiful forests. The very unique portion that makes this trip so special is when you get up in Alpine Lakes basin. Between the mountain goats the glaciers and the amazing colors and clarity of the lakes it is a very special place. I unfortunately didn't get a chance to see the entire chain of Lakes, because our permit wouldn't allow us to. But someday I will go back and do a one-way hike through the entire thing.
Okay that being said the trails are really well-maintained the lower portions of the enchantments well-traveled. The campsites are pretty obvious, Some places you can't camp due to rehabilitation. The trail going up Aasgard is well marked through the boulder fields and up the pass, just follow the stacked piles of rocks. Insects can get bad at times in the lower portion. The mountain goats, as long as you keep your distance are pretty friendly. There are usually toilets dug out around the main campsites. Water isn't an issue as long as you bring a filter, you cross so many streams and lakes that is very abundant. I recommend keeping your packs as light as possible due to the steep nature of a lot of the trails. Start early and take your time. Good luck and have a safe trip.



15 Completed 8 Reviews

My favorite hike ever. Climbing Asgarde Pass is tough but the rewards are great, Long hike for one day and makes coming down from the Snow Lakes tiresome with all the switchbacks. Amused at the red splotches in the snow packs, (spidermites) which smell like watermelon.



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419 Completed 115 Reviews

There's a reason everyone raves about the Enchantments trail, and that it's closely associated with the resident mountain goats. For WA state this is the Greatest Of All Time. We did the hike as a day hike starting at the Stuart Lake trailhead, up past Colchuck lake and up Asgard pass. When you reach the top of the pass, you may be greeted by some mountain goats as we were. You will definitely find stunning views, beautiful lakes, and lots of other hikers. We had at least 15 other hikers doing the day hike roughly at the same time as we did. Backpack permits are strictly rationed though, so it never seemed crowded. Whether you're hiking through in a (long) day, or backpacking for several days, this is a fabulous destination.



2 Completed 2 Reviews

Definitely the most beautiful hike in the world. Okay, there's probably better, but I haven't found it yet. I'm really going to enjoy the search. Deep woods, streams, waterfalls, snow, glaciers, rock climbing, easy mountain climbing, jaw dropping views in every direction. Not to mention one incredible lake after another. Never crowded with the pass system ( Love it! Hate it!). Ohhhh, did I forget to mention Assgard Pass . . . What it there to say??? My knees still hurt :-)



4 Completed 4 Reviews

This is my favorite trail in the U.S. Although you can hike in and out in a day, why would you want to? If you stay overnight, try to get your permit for at least one, if not two nights. Most people do this trail as an out and back from the Snow Creek Trailhead and head in the direction Assgard Pass. If you are on a multi-day, and can get the permits try to camp somewhere in the "Snow Zone" the first night and make the Basin go the second night. Alternately, you could camp in the Snow Zone and day hike to the Basin. Permits are by lottery, so you have to take what you can get. With a shuttle car, you can go up over Assgard Pass and end at the Eight Mile Creek trail head.

You'll be hiking a steep ascent, especially after Snow Lake, but trail runners do it all the time. Once in the Basin, it's simply heaven. Bare granite, Larch trees, crystal clear lakes, mountain goats and a circle of peaks will put a spell on you. If you go in the fall, try to time your visit when the Larches are turning yellow.

The crowds lessen the further up the trail you go, but this is an extremely popular destination which gets a lot of use. The Enchantments need your help. Please don't litter. Don't walk on anything you could destroy with your footprints. Don't use soap within 100 feet of the water, and if you can, pee on the ample granite slabs to prevent the goats from digging up the soil for salts in your urine. Above all, enjoy the Enchantments!



21 Completed 5 Reviews

Awesome, difficult, and usually crowded, but worth it.