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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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Little Giant Pass
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144 Completed 84 Reviews

Steep much of the way, this trail is fairly difficult. However, the 5 star views from the top looking across at Clark Mt, Glacier Peak, Buck Mt, and down at the gorgeous Napeequa River Valley are totally worth it. You must ford the knee high Chiwawa river right from the beginning just after the trail-head - I wore sandals to start out and then put on socks / hiking shoes after the crossing. The first mile starts off dusty and easy on the feet. Enjoy it while it lasts before the elevation kicks in. The trail drops down a few hundred feet which you will need to regain. Next enter a burn zone from a past forest fire followed by a large bolder ridge and what I call cairn city (cairns every 15 ft) then back into the brush to climb some more. Finally switchback through beautiful open meadows until you reach the pass. I only came across a few other hikers on the trail along with a few hunters. About 4 hrs up and 2 hrs down. The trail-head had a sign that stated no pass required for parking, but I always have one anyway.

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The Enchantments Trail
by Katie Pope

26 Completed 6 Reviews

Day hiked this in 13 hours from Stuart Lake trailhead to Snow Lakes trailhead. Encountered plenty of mountain goats (including one who hiked with us for a bit), flew a flimsy kite off Aasgard Pass, and stopped to read in the lake basins, making for a lovely if foot-wearying day.

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Dirtyface Peak
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6 Completed 1 Reviews

This hike was no joke! My husband and I counted 99 switchbacks. The views however, are absolutely spectacular and worth every step. The trail doesn't seem too terribly well traveled as there is a lot of shrubs and plant overgrowth. We prefer hikes where we don't see a lot of others on the trail so this was not a problem, we only ran into 4 other groups.

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Eightmile Lake Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Very beautiful lake and fun hike. We chose to stay the night and it was nice and peaceful. We caught 2 fish while we were there. Lots of traffic on the trails going both directions. The road to the trailhead is a bit rough, but I made it just fine in my Honda Accord.

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Colchuck Lake
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12 Completed 1 Reviews

our favorite hike, somewhat difficult climb - hiking poles helped significantly. very beautiful turquoise lake at the top, great views along the way and lots of peaceful nature surroundings.

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Pear Lake
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Great trip. 8 miles each way and not really well known. A lot of people stop at the pond just before the pass going to Pear Lake. It's totally worth it to go up over the pass and camp at the lake it's beautiful. Lots of fish in the lake as well. Pretty easy hike with plenty of switch backs so the elevation gain is not bad. Even the stretch up the pass which was 800 feet in about a quarter mile was a piece of cake.

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The Enchantments Trail
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48 Completed 1 Reviews

This is an amazing trail. The lakes are unbelievably clear and beautiful. Aasgard Pass was very difficult, but it was worth the effort.

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Colchuck Lake Trail
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7 Completed 5 Reviews

It is a little bit of a drive from Leavenworth to the trail-head, and over a couple miles of pretty rough gravel to the TH. However, we did it in our Dodge Caravan (we've taken it to Lake Josephine TH in Idaho as well), just take it easy and you don't need a pickup. this is a really fun hike, and unless you do the last mile (and about 500ft of elevation) I would rate it moderate. Our 4yr old walked the whole thing to the large boulder field at bottom of the final climb - where we turned around. We hiked it the 3d week of Sept, and they'd gotten about 6" of snow above 4000ft. that made the surrounding peaks, Dragons Tail, etc just incredible. You cross the creek a couple times, the coolest part is when you finally start seeing Colchuck Glacier through the trees - the new snow they'd gotten made it look like a cloud flowing between the 2 peaks. amazing. to the base of that final climb was just over 3miles one way.

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Alpine Lookout
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17 Completed 5 Reviews

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Lake Caroline and Windy Pass
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13 Completed 2 Reviews

From the drop down to Lake Caroline to Windy Pass is a stunning. If staying overnight at Caroline be prepared for insects. Some big views and big country showing off Mt.Stuart, Eightmile mountain to Cashmere unfold throughout the ascent. Windy pass views won't be forgotten.

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