Wenatchee National Forest, Enchantments 10/05 - 10/08
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Myronlove Juan
(IssyHikerBiker) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Wenatchee National Forest, Enchantments 10/05 - 10/08 on 10/09/2010 21:29:46 MDT Print View

I submitted my application in February for four days in the Core Enchantments either in late September or early October. To my surprise, I was granted a permit for 10/5 to 10/8. Woo hoo!
Enchantments TOPO Map

I first started at Snow Lake trailhead at 1375 feet at 9:00 AM. It was a long climb of 5500 feet and more than 9 hours of hiking, but I was finally at the Core Enhantments and at my camp site at Leprechaun Lake.

Weather was great! Anyway, I'll let the pictures do the talking. Enjoy!
Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Sunrise at Leprechaun Lake

Sunrise on Prusik Peak

Trail to Prusik Pass

Mountain goats along trail to Prusik Pass

View over Sprite Lake

Gnome Tarn reflecting Prusik Peak

Lakelets

Isolation Lake

Tranquil Lake

View over Aasgard Pass at 7800 feet

Lake Viviane on the way out

Edited by IssyHikerBiker on 10/25/2010 14:20:24 MDT.

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Nice! on 10/09/2010 21:41:53 MDT Print View

Awesome. My plan is to go there next weekend, provided the weather holds up. Any signs of snow?

Myronlove Juan
(IssyHikerBiker) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
No snow on 10/09/2010 21:51:27 MDT Print View

No snow. It was freezing on the first night, but the next 2 subsequent nights were quite warm (I checked at 38 degrees). The larches were at their peak, so I'm hoping it holds up when you go there next week. Have fun!

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Thanks on 10/09/2010 22:01:31 MDT Print View

Thats good to know. I think it's going to be a madhouse next weekend - clear weather report, first weekend without permits and possibly last weekend before bad weather.

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Enchantments on 10/18/2010 13:35:49 MDT Print View

And a madhouse it was! There must have been 70+ people on Aasgard pass when I was going up Saturday morning, but fortunately it thinned out up at the top. The weather turned out to be beautiful.

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Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Wenatchee National Forest, Enchantments 10/05 - 10/08 on 10/24/2010 18:38:05 MDT Print View

So why do they call them the Enchantments? ;)

Stephen Adams
(stevemkedcom) - MLife

Locale: Northwest
who named The Enchantments on 10/24/2010 18:53:00 MDT Print View

Albert Hale Sylvester discovered, explored, and named, The Enchantments


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Hale_Sylvester

pack nwcurt
(curtpeterson) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Enchantments on 10/24/2010 19:36:18 MDT Print View

To make it extra "magical", there are two sets of names up there as well. The official USGS names are one set. A couple went up there (the Starks?) decades ago and named almost every little pond and outcrop with a much more fantasy-themed pen. The place really is amazing and the Stark names seem to fit. I've seen a few maps (and made one myself) that have both sets so it's not so confusing. It's still confusing :)

Douglas Ray
(dirtbagclimber)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Enchantments on 10/24/2010 20:18:11 MDT Print View

It is correct that pretty much every feature in the Enchantments was named by Peg and Bill Stark and there children during the 40's and 50's. Bill Stark was involved in Sylvester's initial explorations of the area and went on to explore all of both basins in great detail. Bill created a topographical map with the mythological place-names that was sold in Leavenworth alongside the official map until about ten years ago. The Cascade Alpine Guide, volume II by Fred Becky still uses the Stark's names for lakes and features.

I don't recall what the forest service's reasons were for changing the names of some of the lakes. Personally I much prefer, and continue to use, the original names. Of course Peg and Bill were my grandparents so I am probably obligated to have that opinion.

In answer to why they are called the "Enchantments," all of the original non-aboriginal explorers of the area hold to the notion that if you spend much time there you will certainly see magic, an opinion also held by the wilderness ranger who worked there during the 80's and 90's as well as the crew that built the trail up through the Snow Lakes in the 70's (all of whom I know fairly well) I'd say that's been my experience as well.

There is anecdotal evidence that a yearly back-packing trip there supports he health and longevity of a marriage, my grandparents went there every year for over 40 years. I usually make it in for golden week, but I missed it this year due to an injury. I'm planning to ski-through this winter.

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(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: Wenatchee National Forest, Enchantments 10/05 - 10/08 on 10/24/2010 20:24:14 MDT Print View

"...and possibly last weekend before bad weather."

Indeed.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Re: Wenatchee National Forest, Enchantments 10/05 - 10/08 on 10/25/2010 18:26:25 MDT Print View

Actually, I was being facetious, but your comments made me want to learn more about the history of the Enchantments...thanks for educating me!