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hiking
12 days ago

The lake is stunning. Went and camped here on a perfect weekend last summer. Does not disappoint

Did this in 2015 with a few friends. Note that coming down to the lower side, having ascended Aasgard Pass, requires some boulder clambering skills, though no extra equipment above a pair of shoes with good grip is required. Outstanding views along the way. Really is a must hike for any fit person in Washington.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

This was a five star day despite our failure to reach the lake. The route from Stevens Pass is my favorite of the two. There was just so much snow to break through as well as a few creek crossings This was one of the earlier snow shoes our group did so some became a little tired. I will finish this hike this season though!

One of the most beautiful hike.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

good day hike, broke half of the trail in two-three feet deep snow to the lake.

The enchantments basin is incredible and worth the trip. One of the best hikes in Washington

There are mountain goats in the region that will follow you.

One of the best views I have had in Washington. Love the enchantments.

Fantastic trail it is part of the famous PCT . The lake is beautiful !

backpacking
5 months ago

The lake is gorges and the fishing was great. But the hike kick my butt. But I am going back because I know I can do it now that I know what’s at the end.

hiking
6 months ago

5.5 out and back. It’s certainly a beautiful hike and with a moderate elevation gain of about 2200ft. We hit snow at about 2.5 miles up. The lake is amazing and worth the climb. Some downed trees on the trail, but nothing impassable. Great overall hike!

hiking
6 months ago

The most amazing thing I’ve seen in nature! The snow everywhere around the lake was beautiful. Stunning scenery.

This hike was definitely more fulfilling than my previous hike to Lake Vicente (which was also gorgeous)
It took us about 13 hours to complete while taking several long breaks. It definitely isn’t just 17.9 miles, especially considering you’ll wander around some parts for pictures. Ended up being 22.4 miles total. We started at the Stuart Lake trailhead, so the first 8 miles were very strenuous but also extremely beautiful. After completing the hike, I was glad I didn’t start at the Snow Lakes trailhead, as it is very tedious, long, and not too exciting until you reach the upper enchantments. There were also so many switchbacks and boulder fields on the snow lakes side, it was pretty annoying for me. If I were to do it again, I wouldn’t do it in one day, as it is very strenuous, no matter how fit you think you are. I would also turn around after reaching the upper enchantments after submitting asgaard pass. Asgaard pass has a reputation for a reason by the way. It is a killer! Very steep! Took us about 2 hours to climb it. The views at the top are indescribable though. I truly have no words for how beautiful it is. Lots of beautiful larches at the top as well. There are many helpful cairns throughout the hike, and in some places, you will need to refer to them.

This is a late review. Myself and 5 other guys won a core zone permit in July of 2015 and hiked this one in three days, spending two nights. We camped at edge of Colchuck Lake on night one and camped at Snow Lake on night two. So we walked about 6 miles a day.

This hike / camping trip was a total adventure. Just an amazing life experience. Such a beautiful wonderland in this area. Absolutely recommended for anyone who wants a transformative hiking experience. If you can get the permit and spend a couple of nights- that's the way to go.

What I liked about starting on the Colchuck side: going up Asgard Pass. It was hard and mildly harrowing with a 25+ pound pack on, but it made for a fine feeling of accomplishment when we got to the top. We had to make it to Snow Lake to camp by night fall so that was a big day in terms of exercise, but short of adding another night to the trip- that was the way to do it.

Came in from the Smithbrook side. Absolutely stunning.

backpacking
7 months ago

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We started hiking the enchantments at the Snow Lakes TH due to the Jack Creek Fire closing down the Stuart Lake TH, making the thru hike impossible. We decided to do an out and back hike from Snow Lakes TH since we had a Core Enchantment Permit.

When we started the trail from Snow Lakes TH at 7:30AM we saw people very infrequently, and only the smell of smoke was evident. After completing the switchback marathon shortly after leaving the trailhead, we stopped once just before the Snow Creek crossing and again at the day use area on Nada Lake (Nada is way more beautiful than i expected,better than snow in my opinion). After lunch at Nada, we pushed to the snow lakes and encountered our first real boulder scrambling/decent elevation push. Cairns are easy to follow, just remember to keep looking for them. We often stopped looking out for them and just followed what we thought was the trail. Never got too far off course, but the cairns are there for a reason and following them is most likely the easiest path.

We arrived at the Snow Lakes exhausted, and saw plenty of open campsites around 1pm. However, many people seem to start from the TH late (9:00 or later) and expect to get a site at snow lake when they roll in around 6pm. I would highly recommend starting early or if starting late, settling for a site at Nada or earlier. We saw many hikers desperately seeking sites at snow lake around 4-6pm on our way back out.

So we continued to push toward the end of upper snow lake where we found a very nice campsite at the base of the push to Lake Viviane and the start of the core enchantment zone. It was 2pm and we were exhausted. Even though we took it very slow the entire day, other factors such as my buddy recovering from a respritory infection, etc prevented us from making better time.

Against our better judgement, we decided to push to Viviane on our first day. We were in that sort of numb exhaustion where you're tired but your body is just on autopilot. Anyway, this push from snow to viviane was definitely the hardest portion of the trip for us. However, this might've been due to our already depleted energy levels.

Alot of boulder scrambling and pretty much nothing but elevation gain, we arrived at lake viviane and set up camp. There was a commanding view from this site with boulders all around to lay out on (in attached video). Upper snow lake can be seen and its probably the best camp spot for watching the sunrise due to dropoff to snow lake being right next to it. There was a toilet with the best view, and was by far the best trail dump i've ever taken. Being able to sit down to go to the bathroom outdoors is a crazy luxury.

We were then stalked by a goat the entire night. We never peed at the site, but the goat was intelligent and knew that hikers mean pee so he didn't leave us alone. It was like having a dog just chilling at the foot of your bed. The goat was there when we went to sleep, and when we woke up at night. Not aggressive but we still kept our distance, even though he pretty much followed us on all of our camp chores.

The following day, we deeper into the core and were stunned by the beauty of the lakes (leprechaun,sprite,perfection,inspiration,gnome tarn). They were all sooo stunning and the smoke was non-existent. Its hard to choose but I would say my favorites were (Viviane,Gnome tarn,Leprechaun,& perfection).

We set up camp at Perfection, and lighten our packs to day hike out to Gnome tarn for some tea. By the time we made it up to Prusik pass, looking back at perfection lake and little annapurna was begining to look very smoky (pic attached). The route to gnome tarn beyond Prusik Pass is difficult to navigate. Theres cairns but some must have been knocked over, and so we had to basically just blind scramble until we got to the base of Prusik and found the trail down to Gnome Tarn. This side trip is an ABSOLUTE MUST, gnome tarn is so stunningly beautiful with prusik in the background. Prusik looks so different from every angle and this angle from gnome tarn is the MOST stunning. Lake viviane is also visible from the gnome tarn area, far below.

On our way back to camp at perfection, the smoke make little Annapurna disapear. We couldn't see it from perfection anymore. Worried about my hiking partner's respritory infection, we decided to pack up and get back down to Snow lake to make the hike out easier for the next day (~8mi instead of ~11mi). By the time we got back down to the snow lakes around 4pm, many sites were taken. However, we found a good site on lower snow putting us right near the decent to Nada for the next day.

This is were we started seeing hikers rolling in from their first day and expecting to find a spot at Snow at like 6PM! Not much available to say the least.

Our last day was a ton of descent and passing alot of sleeping

camping
7 months ago

A nice camping destination. I hiked in from the Stevens pass trailhead which I guess is the longer way. The trail is a walk in the park though and nice for a quick overnight. Campsites are close together and limited. Plenty of places to hang a hammock. Dogs on leash please. Lake is pretty. This area is heavily used though and busy on summer weekdays.

Wow, what an amazing adventure! My group had the Enchantment trail at times to ourselves. Simply gorgeous

I did this trail on Labor Day weekend with my family and two dogs. One was a young basset hound. This was my first backpacking trip ever. I am admittedly not in good shape so it was difficult for me. I have to say it seemed very easy for experienced hikers. We spent the night and headed back down the next morning. It is beautiful and well worth the experience. As I become more fit I want to do this trail again. You may have to share the trail with a few horses. I found that part to be amazing. My walking sticks and water filter were my best friends.

hiking
7 months ago

Just amazing view after amazing view.
Start early if you're through hiking. The terrain makes it take longer than you might anticipate and will require a pretty high level of fitness.
-Download your map. I got slightly off trail a couple times and it was invaluable in helping guide me (and others who had also strayed) back on trail.
-Pack a portable phone charger. You'll be taking lots of pictures.
-Bring a filter. Water's everywhere. No need to carry a lot of water weight in your pack.
-Leave a beverage on ice in your car at the bottom. It'll give you something to look forward to slogging through those last miles. And DAMN it tastes fine as you sit down, scroll through your photos reliving the experience and congratulate yourself on your achievement.

backpacking
7 months ago

Was able to make it to Trailhead with a Mazda 3 but definitely had some iffy spots. My dog and I made it to Merritt and were a bit disappointed so we continued on to Lost lake which is an extra mile. The descent down to Lost Lake is EXTREMELY steep with multiple downed trees. I had to even lift my golden retriever up and over the trees the following day on our ascent up. I would suggest only steady foot hikers to continue to Lost Lake, but worth it!! The lake itself is more beautiful than Merritt with great rocks to jump from or lounge on.

hiking
7 months ago

The best hike I've been on in the PNW. Awesome alpine lakes! The fires kinda messed up the view but eventually blew over to get a quick picture.

Aasgard Pass is a beast don't go here half stepping because it will destroy you. I didn't go through to snow lake but perfection lake was a good place to stop to be back by 730pm of you depart at 730am.

I honestly didn't want to leave. Words and pictures don't do the Enchantments any justice. You have to see it to believe it.

You can hike through or camp over night. I'll camp overnight next time for sure.

Last bit of advice, have good gps or a well drawn, dependable map. There are a lot or carnes but getting around can throw you off path quickly. There a lot of ppl so you won't get lost.

Very challenging but possible in a day. Majestic views.

I agree with other reviewers that the lake is worth the work... however, this hike is closer to 6 miles in total and the first 3 are an unending climb up to the lake. Very little respite. Only kid-friendly if your kids are avid hikers. We happened to hit it on a perfect day--80 degrees and sunny. We did it in about 3.5 hours, not including enjoying the amazing views at the top.

hiking
8 months ago

This is NOT a moderate hike. It was definitely difficult! However, it was a great workout and a beautiful lake. We picked some huckleberries up there too!

I almost reached the lake on this hike back at the end of May/beginning of June, but we hit heavy snow and stayed at the last campground that wasn't completely under. We hadn't prepared for deep snow so where we camped on the slop worked great for us in the end. Our group left Memorial Day to start the hike, so by the time we were up and starting that evening there was no one else, everyone had gone home. We only encountered three other groups during our 4 days here; one was an older couple heading home from doing the first 5 miles as a day hike, the second was a group coming in to camp at the 5 mile mark, and the last were a few people looking to go beyond the 5 mile mark.
This trail is a gentle climb continually upward towards the lake and isn't too strenuous, just be prepared to put in several miles. There are camp grounds along the way with a rather large on 5 miles in, but after that you won't find any for some ways. We had slight overcast some of the days we were out but no rain. The snow melt off had flooded the river and it was raging pretty hard, the area where horses normally cross the river was completely unsafe during this time of year because of the high water level. We didn't have problems with bugs really, and you could see the mountains to the right towering above so it was VERY beautiful. Wild flowers, especially wild Lupin, were blooming everywhere. It was picturesque. I wish we could have made it to the lake. We covered 24 miles in all and I would do it again gladly

Beautiful, well maintained forest trail. The lake was worth the hike! You get your climbing out of the way first then it's an easy rest of the way to the lake. This lake has really good access and the kids swam. Bugs were not bad and it was nice and cool at the lake. Ran into very few people. Definitely want to do this again in the fall when colors change. Beautiful views and lots of places to rest.

trail running
8 months ago

Amazing amazing amazing! Did a hike / run though and cannot believe how visually satisfying this place is. Good fitness and experience on the trails a must.

Lake valhalla us great. Went via Steven's Pass this year, which I don't recommend. It is much better to come in from the north from the Smithbrook trail head.

backpacking
8 months ago

Hiked in 7/29, out 7/30.
Trails conditions are great, the terrain is pretty easy with not many root/rock steps. We snagged a small camp spot that fit our 2 person tent perfect, but it was on a little bit of a slope which had us sliding down in our tent in the middle of the night, but we just laughed it off. The lake felt amazing to go for a swim in.
Bring bug repellent.

hiking
8 months ago

The most incredibly beautiful and challenging trek I have ever taken.

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