One spot open!
A strenuous backpack trip to the popular Enchantment Lakes near Leavenworth.
Participants will be selected by me. The wait list order does NOT indicate probability of going.
I have a paid permit to overnight in the Enchantments. This is a "CORE Enchantments Area Permit" which means we can camp at any established campsite in the Enchantments. So the options are unlimited.
Group size will be 6 people.
Entry date is set for September 15 (a Monday), exit date Sept 20 (Saturday).
Cost will be $31 per person. This covers the permit cost, per person.
NOTE! The waitlist will mean a real desire to go. The order of the list won't affect who goes. I will decide who goes based on various factors. If a paid attendee decides to drop out, it will leave an opening, which if taken up will allow a refund to the dropout. Failure to pay the fee will cause a person to go from "going" to "not going" and the spot will be given to someone else.
The Enchantment Permit Area is typified by rugged glaciated peaks and a series of lakes ranging from 4400 feet to 7800 feet in elevation. The lower trails and lakes are forested, while the upper lakes are within a largely alpine environment. Trails are in places quite primitive, with steep, rocky sections. The trails to Eightmile and Stuart Lake are relatively flat. The trails to Snow Lake, Colchuck Lake, and Windy Pass involve more difficult hiking, and traveling to the Core Enchantments involves scrambling over loose rock, bedrock slabs, and some snow even into late summer .
Hiking Distances and Elevations:
: Stuart Lake Trailhead to first view of the lake
4.2 miles / 2200 foot elevation gain.
from Colchuck Lake to the top of Aasgard Pass:
2.5 miles / 2500 foot elevation gain
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