Points of Interest:
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Leavenworth, WA.
Alex Bloom & Nathan Kane
Things to Know
Permits are required for camping or multi-day hiking, and July through August is best, but doesn’t guarantee a lack of snow. Nearby Leavenworth, reborn in the 60’s by a strange Bavarian marketing dream is home to several beer & sausage gardens to aid recovery.
The Enchantments, as they are commonly known, are located within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness: a rugged, steep, and remarkably pristine section of the central Cascade range in Washington state. There are several entrances, but one of the most popular choices begins at the Stuart lake trailhead, which means a ~4-mile stretch to Colchuck Lake, following a set of small valleys through boulder fields and into the upper peaks. The elevation gain is rapid and grueling, but spectacular views come quickly.
Colchuck lake is not the highest, but possibly the grandest, offering a decent number of secluded camping and swimming spots.
Opting out of the full point-to-point trip, we decided to climb Aasgard pass as an early morning venture before departing, ascending 2000ft in < 3/4 mile.
It’s common to see mountain goats wandering the territory.
If you can tolerate the glacial temps, there is great wading and swimming to be had.