The Enchantments Is Washington's Most Spectacular Hike

A wonderland of Alpine Lakes sits between knife-sharp peaks and brilliant yellow trees; beyond Aasgard Pass lies this real haven of gnomes and leprechauns, or at least Gnome Tarn and Leprechaun Lake. Here, just east of Leavenworth in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and reachable only on foot, are the Enchantments.

The 18-mile trail through the Enchantment Lakes, up to the high alpine at almost 8,000 feet above sea level, is perhaps the state’s most infamous and beloved route. Snow-covered for much of the year, it finally melts out mid-summer and welcomes a stream of hikers and climbers through the fall, when its larch trees turn a brilliant yellow and orange.

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