The experience: Rivers, Lakes, Waterfalls, Mountain Views, Wildflowers & Meadows, Summits, Wildlife, Ridges & Passes, Old Growth Forest, Established Campsites
Near: Leavenworth, WA
Elevation Gain: 6,500 ft.
Distance: 19 miles
Equipment: Overnight gear
Drive: 3 hours
Permits: Northwest Forest Pass. I was lucky in the lottery and secured the hiking/overnight “Core Enchantment” zone permits (limited to 8 people). We are allowed to camp at any of the five zones with this permit. The trip is two days, so there is a $10 permit cost per person.
Be courteous and have Gas Money for the drivers. We will need two vehicles, one at each trailhead to help shuttle the one-way hike. The trailheads are Stuart/Colchuck and Snow Lakes.
Be prepared with the 10 essentials: http://www.wta.org/hiking-info/basics/ten-essentials.
Be prepared for the Weather. Bring waterproof gear, extra clothes, hat, gloves, extra food, and a bag for muddy boots.
Disclaimer: We will be in the wilderness. Serious injury or death can occur. I am not a professional guide, nor medically trained. By attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and I cannot be held responsible.
Please read the Enchantment rules and regulations at http://www.recreation.gov/marketing.do?goto=/permitgeneralrules_72280.html&backLink
Description: More information to come. There should be time for side trips. As stated above, it is an overnight trip. There are designated campsites with backcountry toilets. The dates are Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, Aug. 18th.
From Washington Trail Association: The Enchantment Lakes is a high alpine basin full of lakes, larch, mountain goats, and fantastically stark granite that is considered by many to be the best hike in the state. Options abound - plenty of places to camp, side trails, summits, and more ensure that you will be wishing you had marked a few extra days on your backpacking permit!
Driving Directions (from WTA): Upon reaching Leavenworth, turn right onto Icicle Creek Road. At about 4 miles, the Snow Creek Trailhead is on your left. For the Stuart Lake Trailhead, continue another 4 miles or so and turn left on road 7601 (about a mile past the Eightmile Campground). After the turn, stay straight (left is the Bridge Creek Campground) and follow the road to the trailhead. The first trailhead you will encounter is the Eightmile Trailhead; this is NOT the one you want. Keep going over the bridge and another mile or so to the end of the road and the Lake Stuart Trailhead.