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Aasgard Pass, Colchuck Lake, Enchantment Lakes — Jul 07, 2013 — glenbham
Multi-night backpack
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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Trip plan was to hike to Colchuck Lake on Day 1. Ascend Aasgard, hike the Enchantment Lakes and des...
Trip plan was to hike to Colchuck Lake on Day 1. Ascend Aasgard, hike the Enchantment Lakes and descend Aasgard on Day 2. Hike out from Colchuck on Day 3.

Leavenworth Ranger Station reported Aasgard as 99.9% snow free. Met a friend at the Snow Lake trailhead that told me the pass was clear of snow. He recommended I leave crampons and ice ax behind to save on weight as they would not be needed for Aasgard or Enchantment Lakes. Report at trailhead says that pass is 50% snow covered, must be weeks out of date.

As of July 8th, there was only one patch of snow to cross on the marked Aasgard route. It is about 60 feet across with maybe 20 feet of run out. Icy in the morning, slush in the afternoon. Nothing to warrant carrying an ice axe, in my opinion.

Enchantment Lakes are mostly still ice and snow although melting fast. Upper Lakes are 80-90% covered. Lower Lakes are better but still 50-75% covered. Water is running over the falls but mostly under the snow. All the snow was slush in afternoon. Would strongly recommend sun glasses and sun screen.
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Aasgard Pass, Colchuck Lake, Enchantment Lakes — Jun 17, 2013 — MattThornton
Overnight
Issues: Snow on trail
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June is a wonderful time to do the Enchantments! My friend and I took the Colchuck Lake/Aasgard Pass...
June is a wonderful time to do the Enchantments! My friend and I took the Colchuck Lake/Aasgard Pass approach, and came away thinking that this approach is well worth the effort, as we were rewarded with flat or downhill hiking for 13 of the 18 miles. If you are attempting Aasgard this early in the summer I strongly advise crampons and an ice axe for the ascent, it makes a fairly dangerous trek into a very manageable one. Snow was also definitely an issue as it is covered much of Aasgard and the near entirety of Alpine Lakes, but with snowshoes, a great time is sure to be had. We were nearly alone and saw only three others from a distance the first day. In fact, our main company was a herd of mountain goats that ran us out from a spectacular perch overlooking The temple and other peaks. Temperatures were in the high 50's which may seem cold for June, but felt excellent until we stopped hiking for the day. We camped right by the Temple and enjoyed solace and great views. Day 2 we hiked out and encountered a little trouble. To get around Lake Vivianne we were forced to cross a snow bridge over a fast creek, but this was a probably a result of us not really following the trail. After Temple Lake the trail was well marked by cairns and we started the long descent. After miles of downhill trail hiking we came to the conclusion that we never want to enter through Snow Lake and encounter the same trail uphill. All in all a wonderful trip, some bouldering was necessary and the snow created a couple challenges that every one may not like, but for the most part it was very manageable and more importantly, beautiful!
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Aasgard Pass, Enchantment Lakes, Colchuck Lake — Nov 04, 2012 — firebeard
Overnight
Issues: Water on trail | Snow on trail
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Went for an overnight trip in the enchantments. A through hike would have been preferred but was no...
Went for an overnight trip in the enchantments. A through hike would have been preferred but was not able to make it happen. Have not been up to the enchantments via colchuck lake or aasgard pass so we decided to venture up that way. No snow at the trail head and only spots of it here and there all the way up to the lake. Colchuck is snow free except for a few random spots. Decent day no precipitation but did have clouds lingering overhead. Temps at Colchuck were probably in 40's and down to the low 30's at the top of Aasgard pass. Aasgard was quite the thigh burner with not much snow until about 6500-7000 feet where we began to post hole. Longest mile of my life ha. Snowshoes would have been nice once in the enchantments, though we did ok without. Had some strong winds that night but not much in the way of snow fall if any. Our snowman began melting by morning so it had warmed up a bit maybe mid 30's. Morning brought fog and clouds, the place was socked in and did not allow for much visibility or picture taking, however it was all fun still. Hiked out Sunday morning and made our way back to Seattle. Saw 0 hikers saturday and 20 hikers sunday on our way out. Had the enchantments all to ourselves saturday as far as we know, rare feat.
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Enchantment Lakes, Aasgard Pass, Colchuck Lake — Jul 21, 2012 — 1962Sully
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Water on trail | Snow on trail | Bugs
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Backpacked the circle route from Stuart Lake trailhead to Snow Lakes trailhead July 21-24. Colch...
Backpacked the circle route from Stuart Lake trailhead to Snow Lakes trailhead July 21-24.

Colchuck is free of snow. Beautiful. A bit crowded Saturday night but plenty of good campsites. Goats in the camp in the AM were entertaining.

Aasgard was free of snow bottom to top with snow still wrapped around Dragontail. A windy summit awaited us with high overcast and a very windy night camped between Inspiration and Pefection lakes. Most of the higher campsites are under snow. We saw one near the summit in the first meadow which was occupied and another on a higher ridge looking east but the pickings were slim otherwise. Once we turned the corner below Sprite Lake the snow had retreated and more sites were available.

We overnighted at Leprechan. The weather improved and we had a glorious 70 degree final day and hike out through snow lakes. Viviane is still encased in snow but the eastern sites are open. The descent was over snow and rock but not at all dangerous.

Bugs are out in all but the higher elevations.

This was our first trip up. Father and son. And our first backpack trip ever. What an introduction to the sport!
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Aasgard Pass, Lake Stuart, Colchuck Lake, Enchantment Lakes, Little Annapurna — Jul 21, 2012 — benfromMI
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Water on trail | Snow on trail | Bugs
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Day hike to the upper enchantments and a climb of Little Annapurna. We left from the Lk Stuart trail...
Day hike to the upper enchantments and a climb of Little Annapurna. We left from the Lk Stuart trailhead at 7:00 and were ready to climb Aasgard by 9:30. The ascent took us a little less than 2 hours, and the conditions were about as good as we could have expected. You can make the ascent without stepping on snow if you choose, and there were a couple really minimal patches left. Routefinding is reasonably straightforward on the way up with many cairns. Look for the friendly marmot family about halfway up the pass.

From the top we descended to the northeast flank of Little Annapurna. There is an easy route on rock all the way until about 150 feet from the top. The snow portion is fairly straightforward but given the rocks right below we chose to break out ice axes - probably not necessary. Views were outstanding from the summit, which is completely melted. There is a beautiful meadow on top as well as some unusual rock formations which make great shelters. We rested on top for over an hour. Be careful on the summit - a couple of the summit rock formations are quite exposed on the south and west sides, so watch where you step. This would be especially important if snow were present.

Walking back to the pass we encountered a pair of "friendly"/curious mountain goats. They got a little too close, but we scared them off without too much trouble. We also saw a group of 8 goats with 4 kids.

The descent from the pass wasn't too bad but watch your step. One note - for some reason we had trouble locating the trail back to the Colchuck Lake campsites immediately after stepping off the south side boulderfield. There is a dusty patch which marks the correct exit point but there are a couple blocked off side trails that lead nowhere. The correct route is through the rocks directly above where you step off the boulder field.

Back at the car at 8:00 PM.
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Location
Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

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