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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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Skyline Lake
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17 Completed 17 Reviews

A little hard to find in the snow, but was worth the time. Only saw a handful of people and felt very secluded. Not many places to rest, due to the open nature of the trail. The snow was coming down so hard that the view was not visible.

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Icicle Gorge
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Great hike with the family. If you are in Leavenworth, don't miss the chance to take this hike. Make sure you stop by the local fish hatchery if you have children.

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Stuart Lake Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

A great day hike. Be sure to get to the trail head early to get a parking spot. Beautiful wildflower meadows and woodlands along the hike with a nice view of Mt. Stuart at the end and a great place to have lunch on the rocks.

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Icicle Gorge Trail
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14 Completed 10 Reviews

Really nice, beautiful hike with lots of different features

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Icicle Gorge
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Headed here today for some trail running, it was great!. The icicle gorge river loop trail is 4 miles, not 5 as listed on this site (this is posted on the sign at the trailhead, and I also am sure I can't run 5 miles in 30 minutes). There was very minimal snow on the trail and only in a few patches, get up here before the next snow hits. It is a beautiful loop that runs along the river, and is good for hiking, and or trail running, I ran it in running shoes - the terrain is very flat, not wet at the moment either.

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The Enchantments Trail
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5 Completed 5 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.

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Heather Lake Trail #1526
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

We don't do a lot of trail hiking, we typically stick to exploring around our campsites and short hikes. Although we have hiked a few other trails. We like to camp out of the way when possible explore new areas. We found the Heather Lake Trail head when camping down the FS road it is on. We decided to to give it a try. I have allergy/exercise induced asthma and there were some steep areas on the trail. So I did have to stop and take breaks on the way up. But it was so worth it at the end! When we reached the end of the trail and saw Heather Lake it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen!
We went back to hike it the next year, but it was early summer so we couldn't get to the top of the trail as the snow had not completely melted and the trail was not visible. So I recommend going up mid to later in the season. Going at a time when you can reach the lake is worth it!

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Snow Lakes Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

A tough hike, but reap your reward in the campsites on the south side of upper Snow Lake. Most have ready access to the lake for clear water. Plenty of water & good rest stops along the way. We caught thimbleberries in season--yum!

If you can drop about 10 lb from your pack weight and wear light hiking shoes (as we did), you will find this trail much easier. I didn't see much call for heavy ankle supporting boots--just watch your step and go one step at a time. Unlike the approach from the Stuart Lake trailhead, the risk of injury hiking this approach to the Enchantments is almost zero. We found Nada Lake very peaceful and a nice level break before the final push up to the Snow Lakes. If it's sunny, I suggest an umbrella with a reflective emergency blanket tied to the spokes to temper the blazing hot rays. I also suggest that hikers walk hills, with weight in a pack, while at home to prepare for this trip and any others--training pays dividends.

If you don't go to the Lower Enchantments on the first day, you'll appreciate the rest at Snow Lakes.

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Twin Lakes
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17 Completed 6 Reviews

Pleasant hike through old growth forest, very green and lush. Kids will enjoy it too! Lakes are not open for fishing however, so if your an angler, choose a different hike.

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Colchuck Lake
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6 Completed 8 Reviews

Loved swimming in Colchuck lake, what a great way to cool down before heading up the pass.

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