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      The popular Alpine Lakes Wilderness encompasses approximately 394,000 acres in the Central Cascades Region within Washington state. The area is accessed by 47 trailheads and 615 miles of trails. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) enters from Stevens Pass on the north to follow the crest south, with a long westward bend to Snoqualmie Pass, a distance of 67 trail miles..

      More than 700 lakes and mountain ponds dot the glacier-carved terrain of this wilderness. Tree covered valleys give way to rocky ridges and rugged peaks along the crest of the Cascades. Many peaks and slopes are permanently cloaked in snowfields. From wet forests of Douglas fir, cedar, and an understory of salal and berries, to firs and mountain hemlock, the landscape opens up to expansive meadows matted with low growth and ends with dry forestland of ponderosa pine and grasses.

      The Enchantment Lakes area contains the Cashmere Crags, which rate among the best rock-climbing sites in the western United States. Some of the names may cause you to think twice before heading up: Bloody Tower, Cruel Thumb, Cynical Pinnacle or Crocodile Fang. Dozens of solid granite spires offer routes from the low Class 5s to 5.11 and faces as long as 1,500 feet.

      Before you plan to visit the Alpine Lakes Wilderness check with the Wenatchee Ranger District in Leavenworth, WA (509) 548-2550 or the Cle Elum Ranger District in Cle Elum, WA (509) 852-1100 for current conditions and restrictions.
      Enchantment Permit Area contact Wenatchee River Ranger District (509) 548-2550.

      Alpine Lakes Wilderness is impacted by nearly 150,000 visitors each year, many with little understanding of Wilderness ethics. In order to preserve the integrity of the Wilderness it has become necessary to impose additional restrictions in many areas . Help protect your wilderness by following wilderness regulations and using Leave No Trace principles.

      Alpine Lakes Wilderness is located in the rugged Central Cascades Region of Washington state and is jointly administered by the Okanogan-Wenatchee and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests.
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      Region Details
      164 hike trails

      Region Status
      Open as of Jul 3, 2022

      Hike Stats

      Global Ranking
      #7,459
      State Ranking
      #3,390
      Trails (view details)
      164
      Trails Mountain Bike
      1
      Trails Hike
      164
      Trails Trail Running
      161
      Trails Horse
      37
      Trails Snowshoe
      93
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      89
      Total Distance
      540 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      241 miles
      Total Descent
      125,699 ft
      Total Vertical
      7,995 ft
      Reports
      38
      Photos
      1
      Ridden Counter
      1,226

      Outside Logo Articles

      Seattle, WA: Kendall Peak and Katwalk
      Sep 19, 2013 from backpacker.com
      Follow this hike up to the top of Kendall Peak for magnificent views of the surrounding landscape before continuing on to the popular Katwalk.
      Backyard Everests: Mt. Stuart
      Jul 26, 2011 from backpacker.com
      Scramble a sneak route to Rainier-worthy views-of Rainier and much more.

      Photos of Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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      Videos of Alpine Lakes Wilderness

      Shoulder Season
      3 | Nov 4, 2021

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Stuart Lake Trail
      Jul 30, 2022 @ 9:37am
      Jul 30, 2022
      Idealtheprofessionaljerry
      Colchuck Lake Trail
      Jul 30, 2022 @ 9:37am
      Jul 30, 2022
      Drytheprofessionaljerry
      Navajo Peak Trail
      Jul 9, 2022 @ 9:41am
      Jul 9, 2022
      IdealMountain Bike In really good shape - not dry and loose...ckoont
      Denny Creek Trail
      Jul 2, 2022 @ 8:21am
      Jul 2, 2022
      VariableStill about 1/2 miles total of snow to...Awkragt
      boot trail
      Jul 1, 2022 @ 10:59am
      Jul 1, 2022
      IdealAllisonmcgee
      Atrium Ridge Trail
      Sep 9, 2021 @ 7:55am
      Sep 9, 2021
      IdealThis is virtually all a route as opposed...schuttg
      Snoqualmie Mountain Trail
      Sep 2, 2021 @ 1:19pm
      Sep 2, 2021
      DryJojoyaba
      West Fork Foss Lakes Trail
      Aug 23, 2021 @ 9:56am
      Aug 23, 2021
      Variablejsparling
      West Fork Foss Lakes Trail
      Aug 23, 2021 @ 9:56am
      Aug 23, 2021
      Variablejsparling
      Aasgard Pass
      Jul 24, 2021 @ 6:17am
      Jul 24, 2021
      IdealChegem

      Activity Feed

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      user #2422076evoegelewishlistrouteThe Enchantment Trail
      Sep 28, 2022 @ 6:50am
      Sep 28, 2022
      user #3176599PremSgdAKjwishlisttrailGoldmeyer Spur Trail
      Sep 18, 2022 @ 9:14pm
      Sep 18, 2022
      user #1889691JrsotogwishlistrouteThe Enchantment Trail
      Sep 16, 2022 @ 10:11am
      Sep 16, 2022
      user #2223258charlottegrosswishlistrouteThe Enchantment Trail
      Sep 11, 2022 @ 7:16pm
      Sep 11, 2022
      user #2223258charlottegrosswishlisttrailTalapus Lake Trail #1039
      Sep 11, 2022 @ 9:44am
      Sep 11, 2022

      Recent Comments

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      user #680287boxxeracereportAtrium Ridge TrailGreat feedback!
      Sep 21, 2021 @ 12:19pm
      Sep 21, 2021
      user #2552595IndianapolisJonestrailRainy Lake TrailMileage is off. It's about 3.3 miles each way...
      Aug 16, 2021 @ 5:16pm
      Aug 16, 2021
      user #1590634SpederstrailNavajo Peak TrailWorth the push. It's very steep but worth the...
      Jun 20, 2019 @ 12:32am
      Jun 20, 2019
      user #906167i-g-o-rtrailNavajo Peak TrailIt's a total push going uphill but you can...
      Sep 6, 2017 @ 8:15pm
      Sep 6, 2017

      Nearby Riding Areas

      namedistance
      Deception Falls State Park9.1 km
      Skykomish / Index10.7 km
      Stevens Pass Resort 2 3 2 111 km
      Salmon La Sac 1 5 712.3 km
      Enchantments16.4 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike11 mile52 ft318 ft1,286 ft
      113619
      Hike164540 miles125,699 ft241 miles7,995 ft
      #7,459#3,39013847480
      Trail Running161536 miles125,066 ft239 miles7,995 ft
      #7,443#3,378381699
      Horse37144 miles32,267 ft60 miles5,856 ft
      #8526
      Snowshoe93243 miles50,732 ft106 miles6,985 ft
      #519230
      Backcountry Ski89236 miles50,492 ft105 miles6,985 ft
      #2572696
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