BACKPACKING -- It's time to make your application for a coveted permit to backpack into the Enchantment Lakes area of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Leavenworth. Here are details from the U.S. Forest Service:
Rugged, beautiful and unique, the nationally known Enchantments are contained within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the Cascade Mountains of north central Washington State. With such wide popularity, many people are already planning for the 2014 season and hope to obtain one of the limited entrance permits that are required for either day or overnight use in this special area.
Overnight Users: It is essential that all overnight visitors have one of the limited entry FEE permits for trips planned from June 15 - October 15, 2014.
Day Users: Day users must obtain a free self-issue wilderness permit available at any of the three trailheads accessing The Enchantment Permit Area.
Demand for overnight permits far exceeds the number available and a pre-season lottery will be held in February to allocate the majority of permits. Following the pre-season lottery, any remaining permits are available on a first come, first served basis through the www.recreation.gov advance reservation system. Only a few unreserved permits are available on a daily “walk-in” basis held at the ranger station.
The 2014 Enchantment Permit Area pre-season Lottery period is open February 15th (3:01 ET) - March 3rd (2:59 am ET) through this website: www.recreation.gov. Not all dates and zones for the season are taken during the lottery and any open dates available can be reserved after the lottery ends. Lottery results will be released March 6