Enchantment Lakes - Sept 15-20

  • September 15, 2014 · 9:00 AM

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.

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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:

 

Colchuck Lake

: Stuart Lake Trailhead to first view of the lake

4.2 miles / 2200 foot elevation gain.



Core Enchantments:

from Colchuck Lake to the top of Aasgard Pass:

2.5 miles / 2500 foot elevation gain


 

More on the Enchantment Lakes:

:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Enchantments

:http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/enchantment-lakes

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Brent

    I loved looking at the pictures and 54 is perfect number from 257.

    September 24

  • Larry

    Glorious pictures! I still feel bad about dropping out of this.

    September 22

    • Jim G

      Larry, I took 257 photos. It was hard to weed out the best. There were at least 4 others who were on the "go" list who didn't go. Feel bad for any of those who have never been there.

      September 22

    • Larry

      Yes, Jim, you are correct! I have been twice, on both routes, so I can't feel too bad. I wondered how it went. Glad you all had mostly good weather!

      September 22

  • Craig B

    Five stars! A classic hike and the gem in the NW Alpine Lakes. No bugs, little rain, lots of wind, and a brain-full of fabulous and inspirational views. I haven't yet decided which is my favorite lake and experience from the hike. Too many from which to choose. I'm still recovering from Aasgard Pass and am adding it to my bucket list after the fact so I can now check it off!

    Thanks much to Jim G for coordinating this backpack adventure. Oftentimes herding cats is an easier task than coordinating these activities. Your efforts were and are greatly appreciated!

    September 22

    • Jim G

      I like the idea of adding things to a bucket list after the fact. That's the only way I could handle a bucket.

      1 · September 22

  • Jim G

    Couldn't ask for more. Even my feet never complained. Only light rain fell while we were in our tents. We opted for going all the way through from Colchuck to Snow Lakes, which was a terrific hike.

    September 22

  • Kelly

    Hello ya'll, I'm Kelly and I live in West Seattle but do not have a car and am hoping that I can either meet someone somewhere or someone will be able to come to West Seattle to pick me up for this grand adventure - any TAKERS?

    September 11

  • Jim G

    One spot just opened up!

    September 9

  • Mary G

    The logistics on this is not working, sorry.

    September 9

  • Jim G

    Join the wait list if you are willing and prepared to be a last minute replacement. Selection may make you liable for all or part of the $31 fee.

    1 · September 9

  • Mary G

    See you on the 15th!

    September 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    What day are we leaving, what time?etc...I assume we leave on Monday morning, is it correct?

    September 7

    • Jim G

      Casey, I'm sending out a group email tomorrow after I select the final slot tonight, giving trip details so everyone is on the same page.

      September 7

  • Jim G

    Last spot is up for grabs. I will decide by Monday Sept 8. Anyone wanting to go should send private message to me outlining why they should be picked.

    September 5

  • Brent

    I would love to do this because I just returned from a day hike to Colchuck Lake and Eightmile Lake. My camping gear is too old so could not even think about this but would be one of the most beautiful areas.

    September 5

  • sabrina

    I really want to go but can't take 5 days off. If you do a 2-3 day trip sometime, I'm in. Have fun!

    August 27

  • Phil C

    Sorry Jim, I'm gonna have to bail on you ... As much as I don't want to, but I can't make my schedule work. Have a great time!

    August 26

  • Jim G

    There are still 3 unpaid members on the "going" list, so there may be openings soon. Anyone still interested in going should remain on the wait list. Members who wish to go who aren't on either list can still join the wait list and have an equal chance of being selected.

    August 23

  • Phil C

    Hey Jim, would it be OK if I came out a day early on Sat? I'm running up against something

    August 20

    • Jim G

      We plan to come out on Saturday. The only requirement, permit-wise, is everyone has to camp together when in the permit area. Nothing says everyone has to attend every day.

      August 20

  • Larry

    Apologies for dropping out after making it onto the list. I haven't been able to work enough training hikes into the summer to feel ready for this one. Work sucks!

    August 11

  • Suzie

    This is a last minute notice but for those that really want to backpack through the Enchantment area this season, we have 3 openings for a trip thru Seattle Outdoors Adventures Meetup. The trip is from Monday, July 21st thru Friday, July 25th (only 1 week away). Currently, there are 5 of us going but we can bump up the permit to 8 folks. Each person must pay $20 permit fee. You must let me know by no later than today, Thursday, July 10th since the permit is to be printed tomorrow and you can't change the permit once it's printed.

    We are looking for folks with moderate to serious backpacking experience.

    July 10

  • Terri R.

    Sorry - I need to cancel. It falls at the exact wrong time/length for me. Hope to see you on another trail.

    July 6

  • Craig B

    Jumping with joy about hiking/camping in the core Enchantments! Looking forward ...

    July 2

  • Seth

    Hi guys! I'm moving to Seattle somewhat soon an wanted to say hey! Where do the meets normally take place so I can look for an apartment, or house in the area.

    June 29

    • Kelly

      Hi Seth, I've seen your message everywhere and wanted to say that the Meet Ups happen all over, from north to way south of Seattle. If it's the hiking and backpacking Meet Ups that you're interested in the most, then they tend to happen mostly east of Seattle out on highway 90 or highway 2 which if you moved to Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond or anywhere to the east side of Seattle or east of Interstate 5, you'd be closer to most of the backpacking and hiking trails. In saying that however, there is the Olympic Peninsula which holds it's own in trails and that's to the very west of Seattle but a bit far away from everything else.

      June 29

    • Seth

      perfect that is exactly what I was looking for, and yes to the trails and backpacking. Im looking for something I can get to relatively easier that driving across the entire city so Indeed I will stay on the east side then

      1 · June 29

  • Larry

    I'd like to see this area one more time before I hang up my boots!

    March 12

    • Larry

      Hey, I didn't say WHEN, but it will happen one day for all of us. I just met an older guy hiking on a new knee the other day, so I think I could have my hiking career extended by new parts.

      1 · June 29

    • Kelly

      Gotcha!

      June 29

  • Phil C

    Agree with El Niño Where are we with this Jim?

    June 24

    • Jim G

      It's a go. I still need to decide on the last 3 people I will take. That decision will probably be made by the end of July. Factors: Those whom I know, ability, female/male mix, experience, social compatability, desire to go.

      1 · June 25

  • Suzie

    How fantastic! I would love to go. We hiked into the Enchantments in one day last year up Dragontail Peak since we didn't have a camping permit. It was a long hard day but well worth the effort. I would love to do it different this time around and really appreciate it all with more time for exploration and introspection.

    June 15

  • Jim G

    I've paid for a 6 person permit, 5 nights/6 days. Total cost to me was $186, so that's $31 per person.

    1 · March 30

  • Robert

    6 and 5 yes. Had 6 on the Wonderland last year through meetup and it worked very well. :)

    March 22

  • Tracy L.

    6 people and 5 nights works for me.

    March 21

  • Jim G

    I'm considering upping this to 6 people total, and 5 nights. Would 6 people be too cumbersome? Thoughts, anyone?

    March 21

    • Larry

      6 would be plenty. Campsites are small up there. Not sure how easy it would be to get multiple sites. Been a while since I was up there. My 2 cents!...

      March 21

    • Phil C

      5-6 is a good number. Better chance of slower & faster hikers to group & socialize

      March 21

  • Kelly

    I agree and think that 6 people will be better than 3 to 4.

    March 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    No, I think six is good. A small even numbered group is always good; people can pair off, can all communicate, can delegate jobs and or responsibilities. It is a good group size for people to get to know each other. I think that it is awesome that you are thinking about others and willing to share such a once in a life time experience with.

    March 21

  • Jean

    Great, Jim! So glad to hear that you won a permit. I also tried and was turned down. I put +1 for my RSVP, but the person I was planning to bring with me (Philippa Nye) also RSVP'd separately, so if you select us it would be the 2 of us. She and I did this trip together a few years ago, going in and out via Snow Lake. It was breathtaking, and we didn't get nearly enough time at the upper lakes. I know you'll have a fabulous time.

    March 13

  • Robert

    cool, nice win. I didn't get in, chose Monday the 8th as my #1 option :)

    March 12

  • Phil C

    You're lucky! I didn't get in & all my friends didn't make either

    March 12

  • Steve C

    Yes, if it was 20 years ago, or if you carry my pack.

    March 12

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Refunds offered if:

  • you can cancel at least 15 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: If you can't go, then cancel immediately as your refund depends on someone else taking your place.

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