Enchantment Permit Area, WA

Permit Availability

Permit Zone Description

The Snow Zone includes the Snow Lakes and Nada Lake basin, and the Snow Creek drainage. A permit for this zone allows visitors to use any established campsite in the zones. The area is mostly forested, and can be more forgiving to campers during bad weather than the other permit zones, but still has great views of the rugged surrounding peaks. The trail climbs steadily for 6.5 miles from the Snow Lakes Trailhead, gaining 4100 feet en route to Upper Snow Lake. Beyond Snow Lakes, the trail becomes more primitive in character, ascending steeply over granite slabs another 1400 feet to Lake Viviane, which is within the Core Enchantment Permit Zone. Groups with a Snow Zone permit are welcome to day hike throughout the Core Enchantments, but must camp within the Snow Lake Zone, well below Lake Viviane.

Know Before You Go:

  • Groups with a Snow Zone Permit may only camp in that zone.
Know the rules and regulations and how to obtain a permit well before your trip.


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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