Explore the most popular rock climbing trails near Leavenworth with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
13 days ago

Strong workout. Nice views at the top but nothing outstanding. Lots of fallen trees that are annoying if you like to walk at a steady pace. BUGS!!!!
We're glad we did it, but we'll not do it again.

hiking
20 days ago

We summited on May 5. Great hike until about 5k feet when the snow got pretty deep. You’ll want a downloaded trail map to find your way. Snowshoes and poles with baskets also a good idea. Bring lots of water, that last climb is a burner but well worth it.

Most beautiful ending to a hike ever. The way up is pretty hard and (honestly) ugly, but once you break through to the view and the meadows it is amazing. I definitely recommend going across the stream from the lake up over the hill to see the best view. Great hike!

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.

hiking
2 months ago

In the snow, this hike was OK. Only made it about 70-80% up. Did it in sneakers and kept punching through the snow near the top. First time hiking this trail so no idea where I was going. Followed the snowshoe tracks until they stopped.

Sad - no good pictures and not much to see. But then again, didnt do the entire hike.

camping
4 months ago

Very hard and grueling hike, but worth every step. Highly recommended that you camp and NOT make this a day trip.

hiking
4 months ago

My favorite trail in this area! It is a magical place!

One of the most beautiful hike.

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.

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 trail is 13.6 miles round trip, not 10.6. The last mile and a half is rough.

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.

As of September 2017, The route that is featured on the map for this hike is incorrect. The route posted by Monica Lough is the correct one, and is accessed from Mountain Home Ranch Rd. The incorrect route shown on the map is accessed from Ingalls Creek road and in our opinion should be avoided. The trail is actually a dirt forest service road and a gate blocks access to the first few miles requiring even more walking along the road than is shown on the map. Suggest doing a little research before heading out for the trailhead to make sure you can find the trailhead shown on Monica Lough’s map.

backpacking
8 months ago

Check out our video at TrailPerspective on YouTube: https://youtu.be/aX2oTF55Rzs

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

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

hiking
8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

Probably one of my favorites in the area now. We continued down to Theseus (beware, it's a slippery scramble) and enjoyed absolute peace while there were numerous parties picking their ways around Minotaur. Both lakes are stunning.

hiking
8 months ago

Hard climb in. Not just a steep hike, but a climb, and totally worth it! Took two hours to get in for three of us in moderate shape. Lots of huckelberries . Beautiful views. Perfect weather. My two daughters hiked down to Thesus and back. Glad I passed. Six hour round trip included hike in, a nice lunch, swim and some exploring, and hike back down. Would like to stay overnight next time.

hiking
8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a very hard trail but totally worth it once you get to the top. Very steep but so beautiful everywhere you look.

trail running
9 months ago

Great trail run with some runable sections on the way up and lots of fun running on the way back down. Plenty of rocks, trees, roots etc to jump around, climb over/under. Distance seems to be exactly like others had mentioned, about 4.5m each way. Definitely a good training run if your looking to get some quick elevation.

trail running
9 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.

hiking
10 months ago

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

backpacking
10 months ago

Breathtaking views all around. Here's some details from our 5 day trip from July 14-18.

We hiked in from Colchuck and spent the night there. Water was great swimming temperature and bugs/goats were plenty. The following day we headed up Asgard
pass. There was 1 tiny section of snow (about 15-20 feet across) but otherwise all was dry. Try and follow the carins and don't forget to hydrate the day before and on the way up. There's a few areas that go close to the waterfall so you can get water in the way up.

Upper Core was snowy and windy. Gaiters helped but were not necessary. Snow was soft so beware of post holes over the next few days. We camped in the Upper core and bugs were a non-issue due to the breeze, however, it got extremely windy at night (gusts up to 50 mph). When heading to the lower core, you will be walking downhill through snow. Take your time and watch for crevices close to rocks. Lots of bugs in the lower core. Also lots of goats...be sure to pee on/between rocks if you can't find a toiled because they will destroy the vegetation trying to drink your urine.

The rest of the hike out was mostly downhill with minor snow (if any). We camped at Snow Lake our last night and hiked out to the parking lot in the AM.

Overall, beware of bugs and goats. Snow was a non-issue...gaiters and micros helped but were definitely not necessary. We also did some fishing in Inspiration Lake and caught a few nice trout. Enjoy the views and respect the land! Here's a short video I made if you would like to check out the conditions: https://youtu.be/GgWtGk0SgfM

backpacking
10 months ago

Beautiful scenery, stunning.
Love how access is limited.

Wish they wouldn't allow people to thru hike on day permits. Worst manners I have ever seen.

Day hikers would have pushed me off the trail to make time. Not a one said a word and several cut switchbacks or left trail after or while passing me.

10 months ago

Beautiful day for a hike! The first mile is a grind, but you are rewarded once you get to the top. The views are stunning and the lake is crystal clear. The trail wasn't bad with only a few muddy spots at the very top that were easily avoidable. I was worried the trail wouldn't be long enough but the incline makes up for the distance.

backpacking
10 months ago

My best friend and I did this trail as a thru-hike on 6/10, from Stuart Lake Trailhead to Snow Lakes. Trail conditions were excellent, plenty of water sources, absolutely gorgeous views. Worth it completely!!

However, I would definitely reinforce that only VERY experienced hikers should consider the 18 miles as a day hike. We are very experienced backpackers and set a good steady pace, with few breaks, but needed 13 hours. Aasgard Pass is killer. Worth the sore muscles, but know what you are capable of.

Set up a shuttle if you only have one vehicle. We used Loop Connector and loved supporting a local small business! Also recommend an Airbnb or hotel after you're done... with a hot tub. Ours was heavenly at the end of this loong day.

Overall a beautiful hike and I can't wait to try again in the fall next year.

hiking
10 months ago

Super steep first half. poles helped. mud and snow at top, lake still had some ice. the road coming from lake Wenatchee is better but both r fine. great hike except 4 loud lady talkers with a big dog that kept running at us barking, rude people. did it 3 times, she didn't care. buy a leash, we don't all enjoy big dogs running at us, please!
Gorgeous lake however!

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