Enchantment Lakes Professional Review and Guide
"The quintessential Alpine Lakes Wilderness hike to the fabled Enchantment Lakes. No hike in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness compares with a walk through the Enchantment Lakes. Not even close. It is the hike against which all other hikes are compared, and they all woefully fail to measure up. This high plateau sparkles with dozens of pristine lakes, from tiny ponds to deep pools, set in finely polished granite basins adorned with golden larch trees, guarded by rows of angular granite peaks. Every superlative one could heap upon the Enchantments would not begin to describe just how absolutely lovely and sublime—how enchanting—these lakes are. I will not attempt to do justice to the Enchantments; you will have to experience them for yourself.
That may not be easy. Because of their remoteness, the Enchantment Lakes are not a day hike for any but the most fit and determined hikers. And because a permit is required to camp at or anywhere near the Enchantment Lakes, and only so many permits are available, only a lucky few are able to visit the Enchantments each season. You increase your chances by coming during the week before or after peak season, although the best time to visit is early fall, just before the season’s first snowfall, when the larches turn from delicate green to blazing gold."