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The Enchantments Photos: A Backpacking Trek Through Paradise

In the summer of 2022, my friend and I backpacked through the Enchantments. It is one of the most stunning landscapes in Washington. As a photographer, I loved every second of documenting this mountainous area. Please enjoy these Enchantments photos from the trip!

Why you can trust me: You can trust that this blog is authentic and real because I have backpacked the Enchantments twice, and I recommend it to everyone. I try to use my blog like I’d talk to my friends, and these Enchantments photos are ones you’ll be stoked about!

The Enchantments Photos: Epic Pictures from Summer

Below is an Enchantments backpacking photo journey through the 22-mile trail with over 10,000 feet of elevation change. It’s not for the intro hiker or backpacker but for those with experience hiking long distances; it’s one you’ll never forget.

Enjoy these photos of the Enchantments.

Related: My Guide of what you need to know for a trip into the Enchantments

Photos of the Enchantments – The hike into Colchuck Lake

The hike to Colcuch was uneventful. We found a great place to sleep in the boulder field towards the back of the lake. Then, we walked back around for a peaceful sunset.

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Hiking Up Aasgard Pass

This is one of the most demanding ascents I have ever done. It was slow-moving, with over 2,000 feet of vertical gain in just over a mile. Thankfully, you only have to do it once if you thru-hike it.

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Photographing the Enchantments: The Core Zone

Once in the Core Zone, it was super easy to get around. After two days of backpacking the enchantments, the gang was tired, and we lounged around, playing cards and napping. But I still had enough energy to snap these photos of the Enchantments.

I hope you’re enjoying this photo story so far!

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The Enchantments Photos: Mountain Goats

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Sunset from Aasgard Pass While Backpacking the Enchantments

These are some of my favorite Enchantments photos I’ve taken. The view at sunset is so surreal.

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Hiking through the Core Zone while backpacking the Enchantments

We moved about two miles through the core to Leprechaun Lake. As 3/5 of us hadn’t been here before, we wanted them to get the whole experience.

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The Enchantments Photos – Descending through Snow Lakes

I’ve now nicknamed this the Enchantments Death March. With 11 or 12 miles of downhill walking, it gets boring quite fast. I think I’d rather go down Aasgard than down this route.

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I hope you enjoyed these photos of the Enchantments. It was grueling but so incredibly worth it!

Until next time adventurers, take care and be safe.

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Author: Alec Sills-Trausch

Title: Founder of Explore with Alec

Expertise: Hiking, Backpacking, Photography, and Road Trips

Alec Sills-Trausch is a hiker, backpacker, landscape photographer, and syndicated travel writer. He enjoys showing off the beauty of the world through his photos, videos, and written work on ExploreWithAlec.com. Alec is also a 2x cancer survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient, showing the world that there is a future from this terrible disease.

He lives in Washington, where he gets to enjoy the stunning PNW mountains in addition to all the other places he attempts to visit each year! You can see more work on IG at @AlecOutside