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Enchantments Report

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

UPDATED: October 16, 2018

For more information on how to obtain a permit, Please click here.

Current Conditions:

The core Enchantments trail and campsites have trace amounts of snow and ice. Trail from Colchuck Lake to Aasgard Pass is snow free, however the top portion of Aasgard Pass now has snow and ice.  PLEASE be prepared for sudden weather changes this time of year. Recommended route up Aasgard Pass is to stay left, and on the descent stay right (see below), but always use your judgement on any route involving steep terrain, especially when snow covered.  


Warning sign for Aasgard Pass

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

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



Overnight permits are required from May 15 through October 31. BE AWARE: While permits may be reserved as early as May 15, early spring snow and weather conditions may not allow road access to the Stuart Lake or Eightmile Lake trailheads during the early part of the season. Even if road access is possible, traveling and camping on snow is HIGHLY likely during May and June. Please be aware of cancellation and change policies as well as the skills and equipment you will need to travel in the Enchantments in the early spring or late fall.

Campfires are prohibited above 5000’ and within ½ mile of Little Eightmile and Eightmile Lake. Check carefully and make sure you know where you are.

The Enchantments Permit Zones has a party size limit of 8 people. You cannot combine two permit groups 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 hike recommendations.

Drones are prohibited in all Wilderness Areas. The Enchantment Permit Zones are within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Overnight Wilderness Permits for the Enchantments are required from May 15 - October 31. Information is available on Recreation.gov and the forest website HERE.

Self issuing day use permits (free) and Northwest Forest Passes ($5 per day, per car) are available at trailheads accessing the Enchantments. Free parking passes are given to those purchasing Enchantment Permits for the duration of your stay. No camping at trailheads.