Enchantment Permit Area, WA

03 Colchuck Zone

Permit Availability

Permit Zone Description

The Colchuck Zone includes the entire Colchuck Lake Trail from its junction with the Stuart Lake Trail to a contour line mid-slope below Aasgard Pass, at 6500 feet (below the prominent waterfall.) Camping immediately below Aasgard Pass with a Colchuck permit is thus not allowed. The trail to Colchuck Lake is 4.2 miles long, gaining 2100 feet; the last 1.6 miles climbing steeply on a rougher tread. Colchuck Lake offers a subalpine setting with spectacular views of Aasgard Pass and Dragontail Peak. It serves as a good base camp for those wishing to visit the Core Enchantments without hauling a full pack. Visitors with a Colchuck Zone permit may camp in any established campsite at Colchuck Lake. Climbers may also use established bivouac sites below Colchuck Col and elsewhere in the upper Colchuck Lake basin. Visitors with a Colchuck Zone Permit may day-hike or climb throughout the Core Enchantment Zone, but must camp within the Colchuck Zone.

Know Before You Go:

  • Groups with a Colchuck 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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