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Running the Enchantment Lakes Traverse
“Go to the Enchantments!” said half the people I know. Words like “circle of mountains” and “endless alpine lakes” reinforced their exhortations. I didn’t need much convincing. Where is this magical outdoor palace? A few miles outside Leavenworth, WA, nestled in the peaks of the North Cascades. The Enchantment Lakes traverse is a 19-mile trail, usually completed as a multi-day backpack. To do that requires scheduling ahead to get a permit (pffft, planning?). That left us one alternative: run it in a day. So, as part of a fall finale roadtrip, my friends Paul, Ben and I did just that.The trail is a point-to-point requiring either a shuttle or 11 miles running back to the car cursing people who don’t pick up hitchhikers. Luckily, some van life buddies hauled us up a bumpy, windy dirt road to the Stuart Lake trailhead on a frosty October morning. Miles to go: 19. Elevation to ascend: 5,500′. Temperature: 31 degrees. Stoke level: 10.
19 miles, 5,500 feet of climbing and the threat of plummeting to your death at every turn. The only way my stoke level would hit anything above 0.00005 is knowing there was vegan pizza.
Nevertheless, this is AWESOME. Vicariously awesome, yes, but definitely awesome.
P.S. – I didn’t realize Maurice was so judgy.
SO YOU’RE SAYING THERE’S A CHANCE?! Maurice approves of your open-minded approach to the outdoors.
To be fair, most of the Enchantment Lakes is a reasonable hike with no chance of death unless an Instgrammer backs up and knocks you into Colchuck Lake. Otherwise, most anyone could do 98% of it. But since we’re talking so much about percentages, I suppose that 2% coooould kill you if you got creative! I say it’s worth it. Maurice agrees.
Dude, that second to last picture just looks fake — some lord of the rings meets labrynth nonsense.
Stoke level reading this post: Solid 9.999
Right?! The timing with the snow and larches contrasted with all the big, dark boulders was so cool. And my trusty 3-year-old iPhone captured it well…hahaha. Gotta get you up to the PNW so you can join me on some big mountain runs!
Man, you certainly know how to attract friends who are generous with their pizza!
Life goals, my friend. From City of Rocks to the Enchantments, I only roll with pizza-bearing buds.