Enchantment Peak

Elevation (feet): 8,250
Elevation (meters): 2,515
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Washington
Latitude: 47.48905
Longitude: -120.802789
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Year first climbed: 1948
First successful climber(s): Fred Beckey
Nearest major airport: Seattle-Tacoma
Convenient Center: Leavenworth

Thanks to theyogiclimber for adding this peak.

Enchantment Peak is located in the beautiful alpine setting known as the Enchanted Lakes, also known as The Enchantments, which is famous for roaming amid splendid lakes, larch trees, and high crags. Enchantment Peak is the name for the highest summit of the Enchantment Peaks, which are an east-west line of high crags on the north side of the Enchanted Lakes basin, and includes other noteworthy peaks such as Prusik Peak and The Temple. Enchantment Peak is situated 1 mile south of Cannon Mountain, 1 mile west of Prusik Peak separated by Prusik Pass, a little over a mile east of Dragontail Peak separated by Aasgard Pass, and over a mile north of Little Annapurna separated by the Enchanted Lakes basin. Enchantment Peak ranks #52 on the list of Washington’s 100 Highest Peaks, and is 6th highest in the Stuart Range, a sub-range of the Cascades.

Directions: From Highway 2 at the west end of Leavenworth, drive 5 miles south on Icicle Creek Road (FS# 7600) to the Snow Creek Trailhead parking area on the left (elevation 1300 ft). The trail immediately crosses Icicle Creek on a bridge and begins relentlessly climbing to Nada Lakes, Snow Lakes, and the numerous Enchanted Lakes (approximate elevation 7000 feet, 8 miles from road). At Perfection Lake at spur trail climbs to Prusik Pass (7400 ft). From the pass, head west along the east ridge, scramble and hike up easy boulder-strewn slopes on the south slope to reach the northeast summit. A shorter, but steeper alternate approach can be made via Aasgard Pass from Colchuck Lake. The summit panorama includes McClellan Peak, Little Annapurna, Dragontail, Stuart, Glacier Peak, Rainier, and many more. The first ascent of Enchantment Peak was made by the legendary Fred Beckey in May of 1948, while also making the first ascent of nearby Prusik Peak.

The land is administered by the Alpine Lakes Wilderness of Wenatchee National Forest. While Enchantment Peak is not a popular climb, the Enchantments are a very popular destination, and access and camping are limited by a lottery system. For parking permits, lottery camping permits, and trail conditions refer to:

Leavenworth Ranger District, 600 Sherbourne St, Leavenworth, WA 98826 (509)548-6977

Thanks to theyogiclimber for this description.