My hiking partner and I made it up to Colchuck Lake in two hours. Colchuck, ricola on Jun 13, 2020 08:09 PM. Jun 13, 2020 09:55 AM. I was very nervous about taking my honda civic up this road given what I have heard about its conditions but we braved it and my car made it fine - just had to take our time. C P is an excellent example of this kind of hiker. Douglas S. Squirrel Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. 3.) Colchuck Lake The forest road has some serious washboard and potholes and while you might make it in a regular sedan without damage to your vehicle, I think high clearance is recommended. Jun 14, 2020 01:16 PM. As if Colchuck Lake alone weren’t enough of a draw, it is one of the two gateways to the Enchantments, and the trailhead also accesses Stuart Lake, an easier and equally awesome destination. Complete turn off, and that was before covid. They're not who will support you. on This post is sanctimonious entitled garbage. Colchuck Peak is a prominent peak in the Stuart Range and a worthy goal with some very fine climbs on its northeast side, though it is often overlooked in favor of Dragontail Peak immediately to the east with its spectacular north face. You don't want to go down that road in the dark. Jun 14, 2020 09:05 AM. Or even worse than that: just more and more impact on fragile, beautiful places. on Colchuck Lake with Dragontail and Colchuck peaks above. Beyond that, if a very beautiful place is getting so much traffic that people have to turn a dirt road into a single-lane alleyway just to get their chance to see it, I think we all and each need to reduce that impact. Running won't help. on Yes! Colchuck Lake via Stuart Lake Trail is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Social media is killing hiking in general. on Here's what entitled sounds like: "I went to the Stuart Lake Trailhead. cuz I'm tired of doing it, Muledeer WTA trail work party. Without hourly reports, an unwitting hiker might show up and twist their ankle on a rock that has been loosened in the last 60 minutes or they might be caught unawares by the last remnants of a small snow patch and - having not been told to pack microspikes, crampons, ice skates, bear spray, and a zamboni - slip, strike their head AND DIE. There are several high points with the western most being the true summit. The hares, the ptarmigans, the pikas, the goats, and the squirrels all deserve a few weeks of peace and quiet. Colchuck Lake is an out and back trail, with a roundtrip of eight miles and an elevation gain of 2,300 feet. The people swamping trails? The myth of the natural leads people to consume wild spaces more and more. on The late melt off is the culprit for this situation. emcat166 Sir-Hikes-A-Lot Jun 14, 2020 07:58 AM. Made it unpleasant to say the least. there's still a pandemic going on. Begin on the Stuart Lake Trail #1599. Sooo... you are in favor of crowds on the trails. Finally hitting the lake, our group found the perfect lunch spot overlooking Dragontail Peak, Aasgard Pass and Colchuck Glacier/Peak. Another great hike with the 40+ Meetup group. I hope you are able to find some happiness. Trail overuse should be the #1 issue on your radar. We went very slow and encountered only seven other cars at the parking area when we arrived. Confidential to all the people who won't read this trip report, because they're too busy driving to the trailhead, two things: 1.) Jun 13, 2020 12:52 PM. Here we crossed our first bridge and the trail starts to climb. A moderate, 9 mile round trip day hike with 2,100 feet of elevation gain. I'm a little mammal with big ideas. The red line indicates the hiking trail. on You pay for a chance. you know, it's a fair push that I should DO more instead of just SAYING more, and I'm curious to see if he has specific ideas. JeffReigns Testudo montana You're in a position - maybe the best position of all - to do something about it. This must be the eastside version of Lake 22. Who the hell wants to try and enjoy nature when the line is like Disneyland? The trail was a mix of packed snow and ice followed by mud, and then more snow/ice. I love Colchuck - who doesn't? on This mass stupidity is what hiking has become. As it is, most of the vanity hikers don't give a rat's about the well-being of the places they're exploiting, or their non-human inhabitants. Douglas S. Squirrel Exponential increase in high impact activity in sensitive alpine/subalpine terrain. It is hard to say for time as we all hike at different paces, but I would allow about 5-6 hours if you want to be leisurely and have lots of time at the lake. The jagged peaks and passes surrounding the lake have mystical names like Dragontail and Aasgard Pass. He has opened up quite a few trails off the MLH and in the North Cascades doing this. If it took a snarky squirrel to shake us out of this assumption that hiking is an intrinsic good no matter how it's done and in what quantities and start dealing with the mess on our hands, great! A tad over 9 would be more accurate and we didn't hike to the other side of the lake by Aasgard pass. I'm the type that wants to have a place all to myself, enjoy the wilderness with as few other people as possible. Trail Conditions Trail in good condition ... Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. You can replenish water in the creeks or lake, but be sure to … "look what I did today" … sorry but nobody cares. We knew we wanted to arrive at sunrise, so after some hiking time estimates and driving times, we realized we had a shocking 12:30 am wakeup call ahead of us. Just let it happen." Jun 14, 2020 06:31 PM, Very entertaining! Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. How many photos did you find? Solohiker35 on Colchuck Lake How long is the gated road in to TH? It was my first time in the enchantments and a beautiful November day. Washington Trails Association Jun 14, 2020 01:18 PM. It's just there, like magic. The trailhead is easily found from the parking area. on It was my first time in the enchantments and a beautiful November day. We started hiking at 8:40am and reached the lake by noon. Look at the response here: 208 helpful votes. I've seen the same thing at all the most popular trails. Colchuck lake. However, the views at the lake are well worth the effort. and focusing on controlling capacity in other areas e.g. The default strategy everyone comes up with is: increase capacity. These trip reports aren't a solution in and of themselves (i'm still wrestling with what else to do, honestly - what a strategy towards a solution might look like, if it's even not too late), but they're a small down payment: a first attempt to crack open the bedrock assumption that more = better. Who's going to be the arbitrator of who gets to hike? Jun 14, 2020 05:32 AM, Dream Delay We can solve it if we want to. That's why I stay away. There are also campsites near north end of lake. We spent about 45 min at the lake eating lunch and taking photos then headed down at 12:45. Jun 15, 2020 12:12 PM. It is a larger cousin to the nearby fabled Enchantment Lakes and offers many of the same payoffs – including groves of larches on its far shore – but can be reached with less than half the effort. on 100 would mean there's just 1 such person (and if the 100 are selected based on knowledge and care, maybe even that one doesn't get in). As the saying goes “if you can’t stand the heat....” My advice? Share. Jun 13, 2020 12:04 PM. It's gated down at the Eightmile turnoff (FR 7601). Colchuck Peak : SummitPost.org : Climbing, hiking, mountaineering. It's a reservoir. Douglas S. Squirrel The argument has always been: if we let people use these lands, they will protect them. on ricola Jun 20, 2020 08:44 AM. Douglas S. Squirrel on Colchuck Lake The land is public and everyone can use it, but the improvements to it are classified differently. Spread people out and reduce impact. Here - let's try an experiment. Colchuck lake. 13. on There was compact snow the entire trail to Colchuck Lake… Don’t let me scare you off, if you’re in any kind of shape you can hike Colchuck Lake, it’s just that Blue Lake is very easy for an equally awesome view. Jun 15, 2020 04:18 PM. Roads are paid for with public funds, but we you still have to pass an exam before you hop behind the wheel. However, the ground was very hard packed dirt/frozen so the poles didn't dig in well. It is a must to get to trailhead early as there is limited parking at base and if full it is another probably 2 mile walk from where your other parking option is. Jun 30, 2020 08:32 AM, Washington Trails Association Jun 13, 2020 06:12 PM. Additionally, I will never understand why people actually spend time writing "trip reports" on this site. Colchuck Lake is a beautiful, aquamarine lake. These are the kinds of conversations we need to start having, like, 10 years ago. The hike to Colchuck Lake begins at the Stuart Lake trailhead (no. Jun 15, 2020 08:40 PM. Please let us help you get your follower count up, you attention w...uh, I mean: narcissist. Full Enchantments at Tmber.com. Colchuck Lake is one of the gateways into the Enchantments. Be sure to check your gas gauge before you head up there. Colchuck Lake Tips & Hiking Resources. It is sanctimonious. BethS Jun 13, 2020 07:09 PM, tim0 A hiker stands in awe of Colchuck Lake's stark beauty. on “Call someplace paradise (and post photos on Instagram), kiss it goodbye...” - Eagles, seattlenativemike Other people don't mind the crowds, they may prefer a busy trail, and even feel safer from both wildlife and humans when there are other people always in sight. Most people on trails haven't invested anything in the land, and it shows. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Jun 14, 2020 05:53 AM. on nor capacity for handling crowds would be detrimental to the environment and not to mention encourage folks to drive 2+ hours one way to reach. Actually there IS something people can do about overrun trails. Don’t go outside and enjoy nature, you’ll catch the plague the moment you step outside and breath fresh air. It’s terrible for you!!!! Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Jun 13, 2020 09:04 PM, I feel your pain DS, however, no lottery, rule, closure or virus will solve the core problem which is, as I see it; too many people in the PNW, outdoor retailers who market skill and knowledge with the simple procurement of their products and the cult following of social media. Jun 13, 2020 01:57 PM. I can only conclude its another form of begging for ephemeral 'social media' currency …. Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. The Colchuck Lake hike has been on our Pacific Northwest Bucket List ever since we could remember, so we were almost too excited to sleep when we finally decided to do it. Jun 15, 2020 10:49 AM. Jun 15, 2020 02:22 PM. on - but the place means more to me, though, than my desire to see it. "Nunh unh!!" Out of concern for my own impact on those places, I am increasingly ceding them to people who don't even bother to learn the basics before they set foot to trail. on Gone are the days when places can be truly special. Stats according to WTA website: 8 miles roundtrip, 2280 ft elevation gain, high point 5580 ft. Our group thinks this may have been inaccurate for the distance. If you plan to camp overnight in this area you will need to come prepared. If all the people out there hiking actually LOVED the wilderness, we wouldn't see cut switchbacks and piles of human waste, and we wouldn't have to listen to others' music and boisterous conversations, while dodging their off-leash dogs. I say, find a way to embrace it and make it work or else, yeah, we'll get all those those vacation homes. on on Road up to Colchuck/Stuart/Eightmile trailhead is gated as of yesterday 11/5. Be prepared to share the trail with hundreds of people; this is an extremely popular route, especially on summer … Alternately, jack up the cost of the passes to $500 each, but give them out for the current cost to people who volunteer with the WTA, the Mountainers, the Conservation Corps, or other similar orgs. The hike is hard but not as hard as I expected. The FS sells lottery tickets for $5 in order to have a chance to be one of the few who get to hike to the Wave each day. Douglas S. Squirrel We used microspikes, as did most people we saw coming up, but Its maybe (barely) passable without them. Jun 13, 2020 04:54 PM, new name wasn't my first choice, but lawyers said there would be "issues" with "David S. Another great, honest report. To provide the incentive and funding for enforcement, you provide a $100 no-questions-asked version of the permit: essentially a tax on the wealthy and stupid who show up here unprepared. I parked in a no parking zone and hiked anyway, because I HAVE A RIGHT TO HIKE ANYWHERE I WANT WHENEVER I WANT." And you've done your part by crowding onto trails too soon. Trails Rebooted; Learn how WTA is helping make popular trails more sustainable. Everyone and their uncle is flocking to this hike, courtesy of a certain Facebook group (that should really be renamed "The People for the Overpopulation of Lake Colchuck and Lake 22"). You have a different appreciation for a place when you've invested sweat in. Have a great day. Just reminded me how quickly the weather can change out there! on I see a hike this crowded and I immediately turn around. Jun 14, 2020 12:10 PM, So that means of course, that you are going to take a large garbage bag next time you go and pick up all the used TP, dog poo bags and trash on the trail, then fix the cut switchbacks and destroy the illegal fire rings. We need to create the incentives to discourage demand and raise the level of the common denominator who shows up on trail, otherwise we will wind up with lotteries or closures. klola The first time you round the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience. Trip Report By. We  started hiking at 8:40am and reached the lake by noon. Sadly, the trail is closed right now due to fire. Other vehicles had compacted the snow, making it possible for my car to get up. I've taken up needlepoint. Overall, the icy spots are hard to spot so keep your eyes peeled! It’s also the perfect place to take a short break and have a snack. Stop rushing there and snapping photos of yourself like you've just stumbled on a natural beauty no one's ever seen before. Testudo montana Other than that I would highly recommend that if you go on a hot day to cool off by taking a jump in the lake. Hiking to Colchuck Lake. Land Agency: National Forest Service. Colchuck Lake; Road to TH is closed for the winter. At the Lake they were joined by the mosquitoes to blunt the enjoyment this lake has to offer. Good! The trip to the lake is just under 4 mi (6.44 km). Only by really going out of your way to not pay attention can you act like you're the first person to reach the shores of Colchuck. jools Hiked Oct 19, 2020. It's not even a real lake! That's what I would like to see, along the lines of what Testudo suggested above. Jun 15, 2020 06:47 AM. on 2.) ✌️, Jenniferkaye79 First, don't hike them.There are trails that are rarely hiked and could use a few more boots. I brought spikes but didn't need them even at the top. on I've contributed to policy. 100% agreed, though, that the forces driving the situation I describe are formidable. I don't recall saying I'm OK with vacation homes. I see I've met my match in rhetorical skill. That notwithstanding, I'm not cowering in fear. Your odds of getting to see a place like this should be directly proportional to the extent to which you give a s***. Muledeer Leave yourself plenty of time to do the hike given the early sunset this time of year. The lake was partly frozen and very beautiful with the snowy mountains around it. Scratch_That_Hiking_Itch When physical distancing is lifted we should 'point together. Started 6:08, Back to the car at 14:32. ” Reminds me of hiking up there years ago and coming across a guy with a Glock in his pants who asked me seriously if there were any deer up there for shooting... seattlenativemike Overview of Colchuck Lake via WTA.org; Get turn-by-turn driving directions to the trailhead via Google Maps; Bring plenty of water. on Colchuck Lake; What a jaw dropper of a hike! Colchuck Lake Trail starts at Stuart Lake trailhead off of Forest Service Road 7601, which can be accessed from Icicle Creek Road. on It was cold (mid 30's-low 40's). Unfortunately it rained the day of our hike. 3) North Buttress, Grade II, Class 3 & 4 if one climbs west of the crest as suggested by Beckey, but with some very nice easy class 5 climbing directly on the crest.The buttress is attained from the south end of Colchuck Lake via a shallow gully leading to a col or notch low on the peak. on "Gateway to the Enchantments." I enjoyed the variety of this trail - forest, views etc. Park at the Stuart Lake trailhead. Tell everyone to let the mountains breathe for a while. Jun 15, 2020 05:32 PM, Interesting idea, I've earned both my Discover pass and a FS pass doing trailwork, and you do have an appreciation of the work involved in making and maintaining a trail, Muledeer Douglas S. Squirrel The parking area can be busy, as visitors access the Enchantments and Stuart Lake from this trailhead. Nope. Did you listen to your own advice and not go? Their problem is that they need content to get likes from friends and strangers. Get Trail News And your blog. Douglas S. Squirrel 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 My son & I camped overnight and on 8/7/97 the flies were gone from the lake and not a problem until the junction with Stuart Lake. Poles were helpful. Your community is speaking to you. Do a google image search for "Colchuck Lake." Textbook whataboutism (I could have gone and still be in the right with my comments), but I'll answer it, because in this hothouse, I am in position to throw stones. Pretty soon, there isn't going to be anything worth preserving access to. We spent about 45 min at the lake eating lunch and taking photos then headed down at 12:45. I was up there once in the fall during the week, not near as crazy. A lot of people are shouting back. Jun 13, 2020 01:44 PM, Yep, people want to enjoy nature and fresh air. Central Cascades. Everyone pays taxes and this is public land. on Colchuck was gorgeous, and as one of the first day hikers to arrive at the lake, I enjoyed some peace and quiet at the north end of the lake watching a bald eagle sitting on a branchless tree on the left shore of the lake and a few tiny specks climb Colchuck Peak. In fact, it's on more than ever - we've done a great job spreading coronavirus. Great trip report! Thanks everyone, I agree with all of you ;), grisbarr Douglas S. Squirrel I'm hoping he weighs in with specifics and shows that this isn't just his way of saying: "I don't want to hear it / shut up." There are beautiful views of the lake -- with Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak rising 3,000 feet above south end of lake. Scratch_That_Hiking_Itch on Colchuck Lake. The reward at the top is a picturesque lake with dazzling blue green water and views over Dragontail and Colchuck Peak mountains. COVID actually is terrible for you. Tmber.com narrates a hike up to spectacular Colchuck Lake near Leavenworth, Washington. Seems like this energy (in this trip report and others) can be better put to use by working with land managers, volunteering time, and coming up with constructive solutions instead of just complaining into the void for 15 minutes of collective attention. Hike of the Week for Friday, August 26, 2011 Colchuck Lake. The crowds in the front-country are inevitable. If nothing else, it is a temporary salve for the anguish I feel at watching places I love get treated like disposable distractions. Jun 15, 2020 07:05 PM. Colchuck Lake is truly a gem of a day hike. on The trail continues along western shore of lake to access campsites and the route up Aasgard Pass to the Enchantments. BethS “ Other people don't mind the crowds, they may prefer a busy trail, and even feel safer from both wildlife and humans when there are other people always in sight. Stampede, indeed. There are quite a few potholes and it is all uphill. Love it. 1599) and dives right into the forest. Maybe the FS could do the same with Colchuck and make money for trail maintenance or a good end of the season beer fest for the FS employees. As this video (reposted by the outmatched Forest Service) shows, people park for miles along the road, creating a one-lane clog. Douglas S. Squirrel Is it possible to hike this in the winter? The Leavenworth area has numerous hikes, but Colchuck Lake hike is one of the two gateways to the famous Enchantments goo.gl/fodFj2. And thumbs up for illegal parking. I hacked into your computer so I could read your discarded drafts and reverse-engineer my way to cleverer retorts. If the DNR and USFS can charge a fee for the pass that lets you use the parking lots and the outhouses, I would assume they can also require certain basic standards before issuing the Discover Pass and NW Forest. The lake itself was beautiful and we watched a lot of groups going up and down Aasgard pass.We heard reports that the mtn. Dogs are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area. Agreed. Cobalt blue waters beneath a wall of rock and ice. Help me understand where you're at. Quick Facts. on This was an amazing hike to do. Here's what the opposite of that sounds like (I'm quoting myself here): "I in fact have stayed away from the mountains since the shelter in place order went into effect..." As for garbage, you are entitled to your opinion, but a lot more people like my opinion than like your opinion. The parking lot was full. Sorry not sorry. Jun 13, 2020 10:26 AM. Type of Hike Day hike. It’s a big part of boosting your immune system, not to mention mental and physical health. Rehabilitate lost trails. CHS Tacoma September Hike: Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Colchuck Lake is breathtaking! The Enchantments: Hike to Colchuck Lake. Advocate for clearing up the access roads. Begin on the Stuart La… Lotteries are arbitrary. Somedays there will be 50 people waiting for the drawing early in the morning. Agreed 100%. "Don't be so uptight. It was cold (mid 30's-low 40's). See? Life is too short to start every hike … on Colchuck Lake; The black fly population was out like I haven't seen in a long time, they would literally swarm you from the trailhead to the Lake. I find my happiness in doing the most I possibly can to help slow the spread of a deadly virus. Dogs, and all pets, are prohibited, except for Service Dogs as defined by Department of Justice regulations 28 C.F.R. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The area has several wonderful places to pitch a tent. I am pretty sure 100+ helpful votes makes this the second most up-voted report ever posted. The 8-9 mile roundtrip hike was tiresome, but well worth it. Putting words to that anguish feels good and motivates me to think about what else to do. Just another tick on the ol' bucket list, forgotten as soon as the next new thing gives them a stab of FOMO. ", Douglas S. Squirrel on Create an extra hurdle that shows you care. Maybe we need sacrifice zones for vanity hiking, same way we have them for mining and logging. I like your name change, BTW. Jun 13, 2020 02:17 PM. I like where your head is at. Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. Solo hike to Colchuck. Bring layers as the weather at the lake can change drastically in minutes. on ; Wyoming, but don’t tell anybody , snowmonkey The stuff that gets them that content? You’re totally right! on For the first 1.7 miles, the hike is relatively easy with rolling hills and about 600 feet of elevation. We got back to the parking lot by 3pm, so total hiking time = 5.5 hrs (that includes a few short breaks). on What else gets you this kind of response? The trail to Colchuck Lake was perfect. Trip Day Hike - Colchuck Lake. on Many people camp in this area during the summer months and others are brave enough to do it in the winter. on Making sure that *anyone* has access to wild lands does not require ensuring *everyone* has access (and not all the time). Put the snowshoes on at the 8 mile trailhead and didn't take them off after that. Jun 13, 2020 12:24 PM. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. We fueled with cheese danishes. Elvin R. Johnson, Norma Johnson, William A. ngie I would prefer something meritocratic. What are the criteria to be used to determine this, unless it's by permit lottery, which the majority of people commenting seem to be against. Douglas S. Squirrel It might have been closer to… A great way to add to your hike at Colchuck Lake is to stay overnight. If the DNR and USFS can charge a fee for the pass that lets you use the parking lots and the outhouses, I would assume they can also require certain basic standards before issuing the Discover Pass and NW Forest. While the final ascent to the lake is steep and rough in places, Colchucks overall elevation gain of 2,300 feet makes its spectacular scenery accessible to hikers of almost any ability. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Trails aren't their problem. Read About these trails in our Hiking Guide Colchuck Lake; The 1100 feet gained along a very steep, rocky, and rooty trail after the 2.5 miles to the junction is well worth the effort because of the beauty of Colchuck Lake and its surrounding area. I agree with others that the trail is more than 8 miles. It’s a pristine alpine lake with soaring, jagged mountains above you, turquoise clear water below, and the added plus: water warm enough you can stomach swimming in. Jun 14, 2020 11:05 PM. The hike starts in a lodgepole pine forest along side Mountaineer Creek steadily climbing to an alpine lake set in granite cliffs under the towering crags of the Enchantment peaks. Maybe WTA doesn't care either, since membership isn't really that meaningful to your budget. on on I've sized up the situation (it's a pandemic yall!) That hike they did? - The Dawn Wall: Please provide a detailed expedition-style report as if you are the first person ever to attempt the heroic feat of reaching the never-before-glimpsed wonders of a 6-mile hike gaining less than 2,000 feet. And all this is within relatively easy reach. DO NOT GO HERE. Vanity Hiking Areas would be Open to All, while other trails would require a license, which you'd acquire by proving knowledge of and respect for the natural world. Jun 13, 2020 05:35 PM. 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