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The Enchantments Trail

Leavenworth, WA

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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.

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Colchuck Lake
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15 Completed 3 Reviews

Tough but worth the view

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Lake Caroline and Windy Pass
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17 Completed 16 Reviews

This was so much fun! It was a girls trip and the three of us at varying experience levels backpacked to Lake Caroline where we made camp for two nights. On the second day we hiked to to Windy Pass and loved the experience despite the haze that limited our views. We saw a goat, lots of marmots and heard there were two bear in the valley from hunters but we never caught sight of them.

Two of us would like to do this again with our husbands but instead of making camp solely at Lake Caroline as a out-and-back, we'd really like to drop a vehicle at the bottom of Cashmere Mountain and backpack our way from one end to the other.

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The Enchantments Trail
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78 Completed 66 Reviews

08/20/15 - We stayed at Colchuck Lake and took a day hike up Aasgard Pass to the Core Enchantments the following day to avoid climbing that beast with our full pack weight. While intimidating at first, the hike up the pass was a blast. We all really enjoyed it more than we thought we would. It took us just over 2 hours to make the climb from the south end of Colchuck Lake. Coming down took a bit longer because we were pretty spent at that time, and you have to be very careful. The proper trail is clearly marked with large cairns and you won't get lost if you always keep the next marker in sight. Once at the top I headed up to saddle pass just west of Little Annapurna. If you still have some legs after Aasgard, I highly recommend it for stunning views to the south. If you've ever driven on I-90 east of the pass and look to the north you will see the peaks surrounding The Enchantments. From the top of those peaks looking back you get a clear view of Mt Adams, Mt Rainier, and everything in between. It's a stunning vantage point. Looking north you get a view of the entire Core area. I'll post photos to lure you upward. I took a different route down thinking I would save time and had to skirt around several glaciers. DO NOT cross over them thinking they are solid ice. At this point in the season they merely form a thin bridge over rivers flowing underneath and will easily break with your weight. Eventually I made my way back to the lakes and back down the pass to camp. Put this hike on your list if it isn't already there.

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Colchuck Lake
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78 Completed 66 Reviews

08/19/15 - We backpacked for two nights at Colchuck Lake. The lottery system does a wonderful job of limiting the number of overnighters so the area never feels over-populated. There were plenty of through-hikers doing the entire Enchantments loop, but they are only passing through and fun to talk to. There are several camping areas around the west side of the lake and many people head for the beach at the south end to set up their tent. This creates the perfect staging area for a day-trip up Aasgard Pass to the Core Enchantments. The weather could not have been better, and there were ZERO bugs! The trail to Colchuck Lake begins at the Stewart Lake trailhead along the river. Once you break off onto the trail to Colchuck Lake it gets more difficult with a particularly steep area at the end. It's all worth it of course. The water is glacier blue and the views are amazing. Don't let Aasgard Pass intimidate you. Take it slow and make every step count. Climbing the pass was the most fun we had on the trip. With full packs it took us 3.5 hours to the lake, and 2.5 hours down. I'll review the hike up Aasgard Pass in The Enchantments Trail page.

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Lake Stuart Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Mount McCausland
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113 Completed 63 Reviews

Saturday 8-15-2015: My wife and I joined our hiking group to hike to Mount McCausland. The weather was cloudy and cool. The trail up to the mountain was very steep. Due to cloudy weather we had limited views.

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Colchuck Lake
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5 Completed 3 Reviews

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Colchuck Lake
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Bit of a drive to the trailhead, last 3 miles are winding dirt road. This is a nice soft, well made trail. The trail is a nice incline through pine forests, big rocks, and a combination of the two - good workout for the legs. The trail follows the river and you can hear it most of the way; glaciers at the top are a nice surprise. Beautiful clear water at the top and you can hike all the way around the lake. No dogs. The trail was great but it was really smoky all the way up, bad timing. Even with all the smoke the parking lot was full.

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Twin Lakes
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8 Completed 1 Reviews

Quiet and comfortable trail.

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Colchuck Lake
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6 Completed 4 Reviews

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