Share. Overview Near the Bavarian town of Leavenworth (but hidden from sight), The Enchantments loom. Hikers use two trails to approach the Enchantments Basin. Know how to follow the trail by looking for the stacked rocks called “cairns”…especially if your leader can’t find the trail so … Hiking to Lac Blanc via Cols des Montets in the French Alps. September 23, 2019 • Italy. For a full day hiking adventure explore Prusik Pass and across the Core Enchantment Basin to the top of Aasgard Pass. However, backpacking to the Enchantments isn't as easy as it sounds, for not only physical but also bureaucratic reasons. The trail via Snow Lakes may be gentler, but requires over 18 miles round trip of hiking and over 6000 feet of elevation gain. I know prime time for the Enchantments is late September, when the larches are out and the lakes are all melted, but there’s something sort of magic about the place under snow, too. The Snow Lake trailhead is near a large parking lot next to the creek. The trail to the lake is about 6.5 mi (10.5 km) long with an elevation gain of 4,100 ft (1,250 m). The Enchantments is a collection of alpine lakes nestled amongst tall granite peaks and spires in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington. It is my favorite time of the year in the Enchantments I can't speak for the Enchantments at the end of September but for the Cascades, you may find yourself hiking in shorts and coming home with a sunburn (I did this last year in the Cascades) as likely as you may freeze your arse off. Best day ever, best hike ever. There are literally hundreds of places to go hiking in the Pacific North West. Adventure joined a group of our friends on a trip up to the Enchantments in Washington. Hiking through the stunning basins, lakes, and peaks known collectively as the Enchantments is to experience the Alpine Lakes Wilderness at its best. The most daunting part of hiking or backpacking the Enchantments is Aasgard Pass. Explore the most popular trails in my list Enchantments with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you. It's up to 26 miles and 6,500 feet of elevation gain. This meant one day up and down Asgaard Pass, a grueling 2,300 ft pass in under a mile. Most start at Stuart Lake and climb up the Aasgard Pass instead of down it. For the best experience, you will have to do a little advance planning and maybe even a little training, depending on your level of fitness. The trailheads for both are located off Icicle Creek Road. Yeah, I'll be in Washington (Seattle area) from Oct. 15 - Nov 2 actually. My top ten list from hiking/climbing/running the Enchantments in Leavenworth last month. View Ruchi's Recording. "The Enchantments, once you get into the upper basin, all you have is larches and rock. We ended up getting a pass for three days back in June, which is still considered the shoulder season. Just outside of Leavenworth, WA, is one of the nation’s most coveted outdoor recreation areas – the Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Hiking the Enchantments June 2015. The Enchantments is a region within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area of Washington state’s Cascade Mountain Range. Ruth Howell / July 26, 2015. It’s interesting to note that 4 additional people were supposed to take the same shuttle but they did not show up (or maybe they came late). For Larches, some time during … Hiking the Enchantments. The Enchantments was on my list for sure. Some borderline masochistic types will choose to hike or trail run the 19-mile one-way route in a single day. Paul September 28, 2015 Adventure, Trip 1 Comment 906 Views. ... September 6, 2020. Because it is one of the most scenic areas in the Washington Cascades, many decide to take their time hiking this demanding route; thru-hiking is also an option, however, for those who wish to push their limits. Granite and Glacé. We’re talking beautiful wilderness full of clear alpine lakes, granite rocks, and vistas of sharp peaks. Sitting over 2,000 feet above Colchuck Lake, Aasgard Pass is a formidable opponent for trying to reach the core zone. Discover the best hiking in the Enchantments, Washington. The long awaited day finally arrived. Study the trail and have an experienced leader. -----That right time I like to call THE GOLDEN WEEK. In September, the temperatures begin to cool, although you also have shorter days. Permits are given out by lottery. Beautiful Enchantments! Hiking to Ptarmigan Lake for Finicky Fish. I think early September is best because almost all the snow is gone by then, it's probably been cold enough to kill off the mosquitoes, but you can get bad weather any time. Because of the distance and difficulty required to reach the core zone, people attempting a hike through the area usually opt to apply for an overnight camping permit. Starting at either end hike through forest to gain the 7,000-foot plateau. The Enchantments eighteen-mile route between Stuart Lake and Snow Lakes trailheads that lies within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the Cascade Mountains is one of the most popular hiking routes in the Pacific Northwest. You can apply for a permit the last few weeks of February. September 18, ... September 2, 2019 • Colorado. Then follow the trail over ridges, through alpine meadows, and a medley of lakes, granite peaks and subapline larches. Hiking the Enchantments – Even Bad Weather is Good When You’re Outdoors. will reward you with views of a lifetime. The Enchantments Trail is a 23.6 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, camping, and backpacking and … December 16, 2020 by Abby Conner. Shuttle to the Trailhead. Backpacking the Enchantments is a very strenuous trip that (with the proper training!) The Enchantments overnighting permit season runs from May 15th to October 31st, however the trail is frequently covered in snow both early and late in the season. Complete Guide to Hiking the Enchantments Posted on September 30, 2019. The highest peak, Dragontail Peak, stretches 8,840 feet (2,694 m) high. To see a map of these lakes and peaks, check out REI for a green trails map of the Enchantments. Many people feel it’s easier to go up Aasgard so there’s more downhill on the way out. I don't really have a plan, just hiking and backpacking that entire time as the weather permits. Hiking the Enchantments in one day is a beast of a hike and it is not to be underestimated. Sometimes it is in mid October, other times the last week of September or first week of October. We've got a short hiking season here unless you're willing to deal with snow and/or ice. Hiking Aasgard Pass, you gain or lose about 2,500 feet in less than a mile! However, there is no easy way to get there. To be on the safe side, plan your hike for mid-July to late-September. Include a scramble up to Enchantment Peak (via Prusik Pass) or up to Little Annapurna (above Inspiration lake) for an added adventure! We plan to take two cars and park at Snow Lakes and … Dates: September 2nd- 5th 2016 Location: Leavenworth, Washington Mileage: 20ish, 4600 Elevation gain/ 6000 elevation loss Pre- Enchantments: A lot went into this 4 day/3 night backpacking trip. I'm hoping to hike the enchantments with a friend on September 28th (no overnight permit). September 25, 2020 . After trying, unsuccessfully to obtain a pass in the mid summer to hike into the Enchantments, we resigned ourselves to waiting until after October 15 th, when a pass is not required.My husband, Randy, spent weeks preparing, making sure we had the right clothing and gear to climb late in the season. The Enchantments are one of the most beautiful and unspoiled places in Washington State. I hit the best weather possible Sept 7 to 11. JJ September 26, 2016. That's too bad the weather wasn't better. Looking up from Leprechaun Lake: My dad: Time = 8.5 hours (approx for running. Plan for lows reaching … At an elevation of 4,500 feet (1,372 m), it is home to over 700 alpine lakes and ponds surrounded by the vast peaks of Cashmere Crags, which rate among the best rock-climbing sites in the western United States. Thru-Hiking the Enchantments in One Day. Any and all advice is much appreciated, particularly if you've done the hike recently! Because we had no intentions of thru-hiking the Enchantments in one day, we decided to take a “later” shuttle that departed the Snow Lakes Trailhead at 7am and got us to the Stuart Lake/Colchuck Lake Trailhead around 7:30. The Enchantments are much drier than my area, but still: it's early yet. HELPFUL HINTS: We ran The Enchantments from the Stuart Lake/Colchuck Lake trailhead, finishing at the Snow Lakes trailhead. Re: Thru Hiking the Enchantments (with larches) - Sept. 28-30 Post by olderthanIusedtobe » October 8th, 2018, 8:52 pm I can't recall of ever hearing about an incident with a goat injuring a hiker in the Enchantments. read more and see the pics here :) A quick recap of one of the highlights for 2017, hiking the Enchantments in the Cascade mountains. There are five unique areas amongst the Enchantments zone which covers about 75 square miles. Complete Guide to Hiking the Enchantments: Permits, Backpacking Tips, & More! It's amazing if you hit it at the right time. " Any tips for hiking enchantments in late Sept? These are issued by a lottery system, however, and they are hard to come by. Shoot me a message if you're interested! This ethereal landscape of lakes, basins, and rugged peaks is a delightful place to hike through. In February I put in the permit application for the enchantments as I heard everyone talking about it. We have a leisurely morning, then set out on a meandering dayhike up through the snow into the Upper Core. September 1, 2019 • Colorado. 1. They headed up to Lake Stewart and up to Asgard Pass. The group was amazing, and views were unreal! (Note: you don’t need a permit to camp out here in the wintertime). tweet; In early September, Mrs. allow 12+ for hiking) Elevation Gain = 1980 meters . Hiking. Hiking Great! Everything about it was so dreamy. Thus, one may conclude that backpacking the Enchantments is surely preferable to a day hike. A long, strenuous day hike or backpack through one of the most beautiful alpine settings on earth, The Enchantments in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It was chilly hiking, though you worked up … This is the reverse way it’s traditionally done, but favours runners (and the views, in our opinion). 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