Enchantment Permit Area, WA

01 Core Enchantment Zone

Permit Availability

Permit Zone Description

The Core Enchantment Zone includes not only the high lake basin typically called "The Enchantments," but also Coney, Mesa, Earle, Shield, Toketie, and Crystal Lakes. Visitors with a Core Enchantment Zone Permit may use any established camp within that zone, and may also camp within the Colchuck Lake and Snow Lake Permit Zones while approaching or exiting the Core Enchantment Zone. Two trails access the Core Enchantment Zone; the same trails that access the Colchuck Lake and Snow Lake Zones. The approach via Colchuck Lake ascends steeply to Aasgard Pass, with loose rock and gravel underfoot and some boulder-hopping. The approach from Snow Lake is on more solid ground, but ascends exposed slabs of bedrock that can be treacherous, especially if wet or icy. By either route, most visitors will find themselves using their hands in places, even when conditions are good.

Know Before You Go:

  • Core Enchantment Zone permit holders may enter or exit by either the Snow Lake Trail or the Stuart Lake/Colchuck Lake Trails.
  • Core Enchantment Zone permit holders are also allowed to camp in any of the other zones at any point in their trip.
Know the rules and regulations and how to obtain a permit well before your trip.


Permit for this zone is valid for overnight use in ALL zones.


A: Available for online reservation (click to book entry date)
L: Accepting Lottery Application (click to apply for the lottery)
W: Available at the Facility
R: Reserved
C: Closed
X: Not available
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