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The Enchantments

Billed as one of the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful settings, this stunning Alpine Lakes Wilderness region is a must for avid hikers.

Visit The Enchantments to trek the strenuous through-hike in one day or backpack for several nights. Whatever your hiking style or level of fitness, this glorious alpine region is worth the effort to enjoy it. Start at either end of the 18-mile (29-kilometer) hike outside Leavenworth, Washington, eventually making your way to a 7,000-foot (2,000-meter) plateau in a beautiful setting of alpine meadows, brilliantly blue lakes, larches and granite peaks.

Begin your Enchantments hike at the Stuart Lake/Colchuck Lake trailhead or the Snow Lakes trailhead. Arrange a car shuttle or key exchange within your party if you’re doing the day hike. Shuttle services based in Leavenworth can drop you at the Stuart Lake trailhead, allowing you to park in the Snow Lakes lot and spend the day hiking back to your car.

From Stuart Lake, hike first to Colchuck Lake. Look ahead to rugged Aasgard Pass, the most strenuous ascent in The Enchantments. The hike requires the ability to climb steep trails with a day pack or full backpack. You’ll gain approximately 1,900 feet (580 meters) in less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometers). If you climb Aasgard near the beginning of the hike, most of the rest of the trek is downhill.

Reach your reward at the top of Aasgard Pass, the Upper Enchantments. Look for mountain goats among the lunar-like landscape of rock, snow and ice. Take time for a snack and to fill your water bottle at Tranquil Lake or Isolation Lake. From here, continue to the Middle Enchantments, Prusik Peak, the Lower Enchantments and serene Lake Viviane.

Secure a day-hiking permit or enter the lottery if you’d like to backpack overnight in The Enchantments. Because of the region’s popularity, getting a backpacking permit can be difficult. Consider the day hike if you’re in town for a limited amount of time.

From Leavenworth, travel to the Lake Stuart/Colchuck Lake trailhead via Icicle Creek Road, then Eightmile Road. Park along Icicle Creek Road for the Snow Lakes trailhead to the Enchantments.


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Icicle Village Resort $143
Icicle Village Resort

Icicle Village Resort

505 Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Leavenworth hotel is located in the mountains, steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cascade Range, and Leavenworth Summer Theater. Rafters Beach and Enchantment Beach are also within 15 minutes.

    C+a+v+e, With Underground hot tub Grotto
    C+a+v+e, With Underground hot tub Grotto

    C+a+v+e, With Underground hot tub Grotto

    Leavenworth, WA
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Leavenworth, this romantic cabin is steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Cascade Range. Snow Lakes Trailhead and The Enchantments are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Secluded Cabin With Amazing Views 4 Miles to Downtown Leavenworth
      Secluded Cabin With Amazing Views 4 Miles to Downtown Leavenworth

      Secluded Cabin With Amazing Views 4 Miles to Downtown Leavenworth

      Leavenworth, WA
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a rural location, this romantic cabin is steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Cascade Range. Snow Lakes Trailhead and The Enchantments are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Waterfront Cabin on Icicle Island w/ Private hot tub - Close to Leavenworth!
        Waterfront Cabin on Icicle Island w/ Private hot tub - Close to Leavenworth!

        Waterfront Cabin on Icicle Island w/ Private hot tub - Close to Leavenworth!

        Leavenworth, WA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Cascade Range. Snow Lakes Trailhead and The Enchantments are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Icicle Riverhaus...a Cozy Cabin On The Icicle River Minutes From Leavenworth!
          Icicle Riverhaus...a Cozy Cabin On The Icicle River Minutes From Leavenworth!

          Icicle Riverhaus...a Cozy Cabin On The Icicle River Minutes From Leavenworth!

          Leavenworth, WA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Leavenworth, this romantic cabin is steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Cascade Range. Snow Lakes Trailhead and The Enchantments are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Fairbridge Inn & Suites $99
            Fairbridge Inn & Suites

            Fairbridge Inn & Suites

            185 US Hwy 2, Leavenworth, WA
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Leavenworth, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Leavenworth Summer Theater, Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, and Front Street Park. Waterfront Park and Leavenworth Ski Hill are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Country Living yet Only 2 Miles From Town and Close to Many Outdoor Adventures
              Country Living yet Only 2 Miles From Town and Close to Many Outdoor Adventures

              Country Living yet Only 2 Miles From Town and Close to Many Outdoor Adventures

              Leavenworth, WA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Leavenworth, this romantic cabin is steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Cascade Range. Icicle Ridge Trailhead and Leavenworth Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Granite Hills Inn $169
                Granite Hills Inn

                Granite Hills Inn

                7970 Icicle Road, Leavenworth, WA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the mountains, this bed & breakfast is steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Cascade Range. Icicle Ridge Trailhead and Leavenworth Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).