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Trip Report

The Enchantments

Central Cascades

Trip Report By

WTA Member


Hiked Oct 12, 2014

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road rough but passable


No bugs


Intermittent snow - not hard to cross
Headed out to the Enchantments this weekend hoping to get one last excursion in ahead of the snow...but we were one day too late! Arrived the night before and heard a harrowing tale of day hikers getting stuck in a blizzard, but the forecast looked good so we decided to attempt despite some concerns about snow/ice/cold. The plan was to trail run/speed hiker the 20.5 mile stretch from the Stuart Lake Trailhead down to the Snow Lakes. Started at 7:30 AM, made it quickly up to Colchuck were climbing Aasgard by 9:00. Things got trickier when we hit the snow line around 6,500-7,000 ft. There wasn't much accumulation but the ice was enough to make things treacherous. Was glad to be going up and not down. The Enchantments are gorgeous with a fresh coat of snow and it was easy enough to find the trail. It was too slippery to run, but it was nice to go slower and enjoy the view. The larches are winding down but still look nice and we saw a lone mountain goat. The snow disappeared by Lake Viviane and we picked up the pace heading down...perhaps too fast since I tripped and scraped my hip/knee. Made it to the Snow Lakes trailhead at 2:45 and biked back to retrieve the car. Definitely not one to miss...if you can't get a permit, do the speed hike in a day! It's much faster without having to carry all that gear.