Enchantment Lakes

Leavenworth, Washington 98826

Enchantment Lakes

Enchantment Lakes Professional Guide

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"One of the legendary nooks of Washington’s Cascades, the Enchantment Lakes basin is a magical place of mystical names tucked in a high tiered valley within the craggy, cloud-piercing, glacier-topped Stuart Range. A land of shiny rock, sparkling waters, perpetual snowfi elds, prolifi c herds of mountain goats, and, in autumn, golden larches, the Enchantments attract legions of backpackers from near and far. While many hikers grumble about the complexities of the permit system, it has been fairly successful in maintaining ecosystem integrity and providing a wilderness experience in this extremely popular and fragile area. This Shangri-la will indeed inspire and soothe your soul, but getting here will try your lungs and punish your soles. The trail is long, dusty, hot, rocky, and steep— a grand price for this paradise—but worth every sore muscle gained along the way."

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Washington Scrambles - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books)
Peggy Goldman
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"The Enchantment Lakes, a group of rock basin lakes in the Cashmere Crags of the Stuart is among the most celebrated areas in the Cascades. It is a land of extremes—from warm, luxuriant beauty to stunning, austere grandeur. Glittering tarns punctuate huge slabs of ice-polished stone. In the intensity of the summer sun, the granite blazes pink at sunset. Swirling winds give shape to the gnarled and twisted trees and stir the desolate waterfalls, snowfields, and glaciers. Reservations are required for overnight use from June 15 through October 15; overnight permits include a recreation pass for the duration of the trip. Plan several months in advance, as permits are limited." Read more

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Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Additional Use
Green Trails The Enchantments No. 209S
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Dec 2018