By Geoffrey Schmid

Electric Larch And Prusik Peak

Equipment Info
Brief Directions

The Enchantments are about 10 miles and over five thousand feet in elevation from the Snow Lake trailhead along the Icicle River Road a few miles outside of Leavenworth, Washington; a little less via the more difficult Aasgard Pass route that begins at the Stuart Lake trailhead a few miles farther up the road. Permits are absolutely required (and may be scarce) during the popular summer to fall season.


The Enchantments Lakes Basin is the premiere backpacking destination in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness region of Washington State. In mid-October the sub-alpine western larch turn a golden-orange. A little early snowfall caps off an other-wordly scene. It's easy to imagine that this area was still covered by glacier less than a century ago.

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