Enchantments Report

Enchantments - August 23
Panorama of Enchantments (View of Aasgard Pass to Snow Lakes, from Little Annapurna) on August 23, 2011. Photo by Clint Kyhl

March 20 2015

The 2015 Enchantment annual advanced lottery period is now CLOSED. The lottery period WAS open from February 15 to March 2 2015.  Please login to your account on Rec.gov to see if you won and confirm your dates. For more information on the 2015 lottery, and changes for the 2015 Enchantment permit process Please click here

You may go into Recreation.gov and look for open dates and zones that were not confirmed in the lottery. Not all of them were taken in the lottery for all zones. Dates also become available throughout the season due to cancellations, so it's a good idea to periodically check.

Current Conditions:

The Enchantment Lakes area is melting out very quickly with the recent high temperatures. Currently most locations except the Core Enchantments are snow free.  Nada Lake, Snow Lake, Colchuck, Stuart and Eightmile Lakes are snow free.  Campsites are melted out and toilets are also available at all of these locations.

The Core Enchantments are mostly snow covered still with all lakes frozen.  Conditions will be updated as the Core starts to melt out.

The Stuart Lake Trail, Colchuck Lake Trail and Eightmile Lake Trail are logged out.  Snow Lakes Trail and Eightmile-Trout Creek Trail will be logged out as soon as possible.

Aasgard Pass is also beginning to become snow free ans as of May 16th the snow line was about 1/2 way up the pass.


EIGHTMILE ROAD is open to the Stuart Lake Trailhead


NWS Weather forecasts in the Enchantments near Snow Lakes at 7,000 ft please click HERE

For Leavenworth area webcams click HERE

Some other GREAT resources for trail information, including recent Enchantment trip reports, can be found on WTA.org and NWHikers.net



-Campfires are prohibited above 5000’ and within ½ mile of Little 8-Mile and Eightmile Lake.  There are only a couple campsites low on the Snow Lakes Trail and Stuart Lake Trail where campfires are allowed.  Check carefully and make sure you know where you are.

-Unlike the rest of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, the Enchantments has a party size limit of 8 people.  You cannot combine two permits that creates a group larger than 8.

-You must camp within the zone you are permitted for the duration of your trip.  The only permit that allows you to camp anywhere is the Core Enchantments Permit.

-Dogs are prohibited in the entire Enchantments Permit Area.  If you want to hike with your dog, most other trails on the district are open to pets.  Contact the Leavenworth Ranger Station if you would like some recommendations.


Overnight Wilderness Permits for the Enchaments are required from June 15 - October 15th.   Information is available on Recreation.gov and the forest website HERE. Self issuing day use permits (free) and Northwest Passes ($5 per day, per car) are available at most trailheads accessing the Enchantments. Free parking passes are given to those purchasing Enchantment Permits for the duration of your stay. No camping at trailheads.