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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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Icicle Gorge Trail
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6 Completed 3 Reviews

Perfect casual hike for families and friends with lesser hiking skill. Sun and shade mix. Gorgeous views of the river the entire way with a few places to stop and dunk if you don't mind going numb for a moment. Awesome day!!

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Eightmile Lake Trail
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26 Completed 25 Reviews

I took my daughter on this hike for her first backpack. It couldn't have been more perfect. We were very lucky to get a permit so last minute; even the day before Fourth of July weekend! To read the whole story and see pics, go to my blog. http://kellbell-whywouldanyonereadthis.blogspot.com/2014/07/enchanting-eightmile-lake-and-magical.html

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Lake Minotaur Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The trail is difficult. Very steep, rolling rocks and exposed roots. At 4500' elevation there was still snow cover and we lost the trail. using GPS we were able to navigate to the lake. Be careful since near the lake the outlet is under the melting snow and is exposed in some areas. The lake was covered in snow still but at the ridge top you can see the other lake (name is another Greek name)which is not covered in snow and just as beautiful. Going down the trail my knees and hips were aching from the jarring they took. Not many views going up as I read there would be but what you see at the top us worth it.

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Heather Lake Trail #1526
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Went on this trail instead of the one in Granite Falls by mistake. However, it's well worth the drive to a trail not well known by most people. We didn't make it all the way up to the lake, but the waterfalls on the way up is really spectacular.

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Icicle Ridge Trail
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82 Completed 48 Reviews

Thursday 6-19-2014: Sunny day for late spring hike up Icicle Ridge. It was too late for balsamroot flowers, but I found rare “elegant cat’s ear” flowers. Trail was dry and mostly of loose dirt. The temperature was in 80’s and we were glad that the trail was mostly in the shade and happy to find log chairs and cool breeze at the trail junction at the top. We hiked 0.3 miles north from the trail junction to a viewpoint. The view of Leavenworth was great. It took us 2 hours to go up and 1.5 hours to get down.

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Colchuck Lake
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82 Completed 48 Reviews

Friday 6-20-2014: My wife and I hiked to Colchuck Lake. Having done hiking up Icicle Ridge Trail the day before my wife was hesitant to take on this strenuous trail. There was an option to go to Stuart Lake instead. When we hiked on Stuart Lake Trail 2.2 miles in and came to the junction to Colchuck Lake Trail, we felt pretty confident to go on to Colchuck Lake. At 2.6 miles from the trailhead we lost our trail. We should have forded the creek but we followed a boot track straight up a steep hill to nowhere. We lost 20 minutes. We got back to the trail and started the rocky steep climb. At 3.5 mile another hiker spotted a mountain goat on the trail. We tried not to scare him and he moved on and disappeared. Ten minutes later the goat was 20 yards off the trail eating leaves in a bush. I took some pictures of the goat. 4.3 miles from the trailhead and 3.5 hours later we reached Colchuck Lake. The lake and the mountains that surround it were beautiful. The return trip was uneventful and took us 3 hours. Bugs are out. I had 6 bug bites and my wife had 5 even though we used bug spray.

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Icicle Ridge Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Epic amounts of dwarf mistletoe caused brooms on Douglas-fir trees—definitely an infection center. A must see for parasitic plant nerds. Mostly ponderosa pine because of a fairly recent fire—good evidence this species is truely fire tolerant. Tons of gnarly fire scars on living large sized ponderosa. Several spots led us to believe mistletoe brooms create additional ladder fuels. Some evidence of fir engraver as well.

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Colchuck Lake
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This hike took us longer than we expected with getting to lake 3 hours later after leaving the trailhead. Having just had a kid four months ago and not doing much hiking previously, this was a very difficult hike for me. However, I was able to manage it with breaks here and there. I advise to pack light if you were wanting to complete this hike and have not done much hiking. It is a long grueling uphill trek especially after crossing the first sturdy bridge, with lots of steep rocks/roots to climb. The views towards the top are not only breathtaking but incredibly peaceful. In addition, the color of the lake is worth it all. I would have loved to do dragontail peak, but had to get back to my little one. The hike down took 1.5 hours without any stops and going at a really fast pace. There was a couple that left a half an hour before us and we caught them at the tail end of the trail back to our car.

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Stuart Lake Trail
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28 Completed 23 Reviews

My friend and I were originally attempting to hike the Enchantments in a day but didn't see the sign or Y in the trail as we were hiking in the dark. We ended up at Stuart Lake at dawn and hiked all the way up to Horseshoe Lake (if you look at the map, its not too far away from Stuart)- best mistake I've made yet! It was breathtaking and quiet up at Horseshoe Lake and had an amazing view of Stuart!

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Eightmile Lake Trail
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28 Completed 23 Reviews

Beautiful lake! Don't be fooled by the first pond that you reach, that isn't the lake! Bring your swim suite if you, like me, enjoy a fridge dip! I did this hike in the summer and it seemed free of traffic even during that time. The trail was uneventful but the tranquil, quiet lake made up for it in the end.

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