Enchantments / Cascades Area

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  1. SideshowRaheem

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    After 8 years I finally secured a overnight lottery permit for The Enchantments area in Washington! My permit is for the Eightmile/Caroline zone. I have until March 31st to finalize how many days we'll stay overnight and how many people will be joining me.

    I'm really looking for some recommendations on what to hike and see when we go. I'd like to hike and see the whole Enchantments area but am unsure of how many days that would take. If it only takes 3-4 days are there any other good spots nearby that are worth going to? I figure I'd have about 6 days total of free time for this trip.

    Thanks for any and all advice.
     
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    Wow, great job pulling that off........
    Never been myself but have talked to people that have been there.
    Outstanding area.
    I will be south of you in the Goat Rocks about then, I will send you some good vibes.
    We will need a trip report.
    Good luck and enjoy.
     
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    Ill have to check out Goat Rocks.

    I think just because of the permit I pulled and because Im worried about crowds that Ill hike around Eightmile and Stuart zones before heading north across windy pass and checking out areas there.
     
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    You have to win a permit lottery style to be able to stay overnight in those woods? I've heard of such things when it comes to game tags for hunting, but just to stay in an area? That's a little North Korea like.
     
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    Beats the alternative of being elbow to elbow with people and having hundreds of people camp all at once and destroy the area.

    You can dayhike the area all you want just cant stay overnight in peak season without the permit. That said the more I look into it the more it seems like it'll still be packed, I may give up this permit and try for Cascade National Park instead.
     
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    Oh wow, I've never seen any woods or wilderness area that packed! Must be close to a large population center. I agree, permit is better than wall to wall people for sure.
     

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