A stunning run through the Enchantments outside of Leavenworth.

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2,187

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30

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Description

"In the Enchantments, nature has carved one of the magnificent places of this world--an alpine paradise of granite worn smooth by glaciers, larches manicured by wind and cold, and crystal blue lakes strung together by a creek that tumbles and thunders between them,” writes Paul Kriloff on [WTA.org](https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/enchantment-lakes).

This stunning mountain range cannot be summed up with superlatives—it must be seen to be believed.

The best way to experience this epic mountain range is here, on the Enchantments Traverse.

This 18-mile point-to-point traverse climbs up and over the heart of the mountain range, affording you the opportunity to soak in the grandeur of the Enchantments.

The Traverse runs through the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and as you might guess—it passes by a stunning array of glacial-fed lakes.

The crystal-blue water of theses rare gems may beckon you to take a swim, but be warned: the water is literally ice-cold! While this route could theoretically be completed in one day, most people break it up into a short 2-3 backpacking trip coupled with a car shuttle between trailheads.

On the other hand, fit trail runners often choose to run the entire route in one go. Sources: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/enchantment-lakes https://backpackers-review.com/trip-reports/the-enchantments-backpacking/