Near Levenworth, Washington lies one of the most popular backpacking areas in the Northwest.
I first heard about Enchantment Lakes last year in an article in one of the outdoor magazines that I get. And I knew that one day I had to visit this place.
And I'm thinking the Northern Rangers will head out there in 2011.
But if you want to hit the trail and take in the views of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in 2010, then you better take notice as the deadline for applying for a permit has been moved up to February 1-8.
The cost for a permit is $5 a day per person. Head over to the Forest Service's Web site for more information and to download the application forms.
Now, since I've never been to Enchantment Lakes (not yet anyway) here's a little bit about the area from the Washington Trails Association:
The Enchantment Lakes is a high alpine basin full of lakes, larch, mountain goats, and fantastically stark granite that is considered by many to be the best hike in the state. Options abound - plenty of places to camp, side trails, summits, and more.
And if you're thinking about heading up there without a permit better think again. Rangers hike the trails during the busiest months of the season and those hikers caught without a permit will be asked to leave and given a $125 fine.
The area is also given a difficult rating so make sure you come prepared. That means being in shape and also carrying the proper gear. This is the mountains after all. A sunny summer day can turn to cold and snow very quickly. Come prepared to stay safe.