How do you get the Enchantments lottery?

How do you get the Enchantments lottery?

Lottery applications are for overnight trips into the Enchantment Permit area between May 15 and October 31. The lottery process is a TWO step process: During the advanced lottery, the applicant must select an entry date, group size, alternate group leader and permit zone and pay the $6 non-refundable application fee.

How do Enchantment permits work?

Use gaps between boulders, crevices in rocks, large flat rocks, sandy bare areas or the toilets provided. An Overnight Visitor Parking Pass is required to park at all Enchantment trailheads and are free with the purchase of an overnight camping permit. The parking pass is only valid for dates listed on the permit.

How long can you stay in the Enchantments?

NOTE: A Core Enchantment Zone permit will allow you to camp in any of the 5 permit zones. Maximum length of stay is 14 consecutive days. People may not exit and reenter at a later date.

Can you day hike the Enchantments without a permit?

You can thru-hike the Enchantments (as a day hike) without a wilderness permit. For any day hikes into the Enchantments, you will need a National Forest Recreation Pass. The day pass, which is essentially a parking pass, costs $5 per vehicle.

Do you need a permit for Colchuck Lake?

Wilderness permits for day-use are required. The self-issuing day permits are available at trailheads. $5 per vehicle/per day or valid Recreation Pass required on vehicle at trailhead. See parking information below.

What should I pack for enchantments?

Packing Your Pack for the Enchantments

  • Tent.
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Sleeping Pad.
  • Water Filter.
  • Quality Backpack (Yes, splurge on this. You want to be comfortable walking.)
  • Hiking Boots.
  • Hiking Poles.
  • Cooking system (I’d suggest a JetBoil)

Can you fly a drone at Colchuck Lake?

3 – THIS IS A DRONE FREE ZONE. If you are wondering whether people will really mind if you fly your drone, the answer is THEY WILL.

Can you swim in the Enchantments?

The Enchantments, a high mountain lake basin composed of a dozen named lakes and as many unnamed tarns, are already one of the state’s most- prized backcountry destinations. Swimmers, however, are not frequent visitors to these lakes.

Are there toilets in the Enchantments?

The network of 40-plus vault toilets located through the Enchantment Basin is one of the main reasons the area remains so pristine. Each vault can contain 230 pounds or more of human waste.

Can you do the Enchantments in one day?

The Enchantments in Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness is one of the most sought after backcountry permits in the country. But to get around this, you can hike the entirety of the Enchantments in one day without a permit, if you’re willing to take on a grueling 21-mile one-way adventure!

How difficult is Colchuck Lake Hike?

Colchuck Lake via Stuart Lake Trail is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Can you drive up to Colchuck Lake?

From the town, the trailhead to the Colchuck Lake hike is a 40-minute drive. The first 20 miles are on a paved road (Icicle Creek Road), but after you take a left into the Bridge Creek Campground area, the road turns to dirt, which is National Forest Road 7601.

When is the lottery for the enchantments permit?

Time for the Enchantments permit lottery is almost here, folks. Here’s how Timea and I are going to apply for our’s this February 15. First, what are the Enchantments? The Enchantments is considered by many to be the best backpacking destination in Washington State.

When does the enchantment lottery end for 2018?

The 2018 Enchantment lottery will open on February 15, 2019 and end on March 3, 2019. (Applying early doesn’t give you preference for a permit, so just make sure to get your application in during this window.) Set up an account at This can be done at any time (even right now).

When to apply for Enchantment area wilderness permit?

Lottery applications are for overnight trips into the Enchantment Permit area between May 15 and October 31. All applications received during the lottery will be randomly drawn on March 8, 2021 at 1:55 am (PT)

How much does it cost to get an enchantment permit?

The lottery fee is $10 per application, paid on application. Successful permits are $5 per person per day, paid on confirmation of the permit. The maximum group size is 8, and no dogs are allowed. Core Enchantment Zone permit-holders are allowed to camp in any of the five permit zones.