It’s also the perfect place to take a short break and have a snack. Douglas S. Squirrel Bring layers as the weather at the lake can change drastically in minutes. The trail to Colchuck Lake was perfect. Elvin R. Johnson, Norma Johnson, William A. on At the Lake they were joined by the mosquitoes to blunt the enjoyment this lake has to offer. Jun 13, 2020 04:34 PM, Douglas S. Squirrel Douglas S. Squirrel Oh my god. Quick Facts. It's not even a real lake! Life is too short to start every hike … Just let it happen." A hiker stands in awe of Colchuck Lake's stark beauty. 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. on You can still hike Colchuck, but … Gone are the days when places can be truly special. It is not enough to have daily updates from the dangerous wilds of Lake Serene, Lake 22, and Mount Pilchuck. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. I understand the annoyance, but I don’t think this is the right forum to complain about this trail’s use. on The reward at the top is a picturesque lake with dazzling blue green water and views over Dragontail and Colchuck Peak mountains. We used microspikes, as did most people we saw coming up, but Its maybe (barely) passable without them. Forest Service: just close the road. Only downside is that the road leading up is very steep and it's extremely bumpy which makes for a slow four miles if you drive a sedan. First, don't hike them.There are trails that are rarely hiked and could use a few more boots. As this video (reposted by the outmatched Forest Service) shows, people park for miles along the road, creating a one-lane clog. No one ever wants to deal with the other side of the equation, which is much more important: demand. Loved your rant. It used to be that you would find a location in a book, or better still a map, research and then get prepared which was part of the appeal and why traditionally hikers were survival experts. jools Hiked Oct 19, 2020. This thread is winding down. Congratulations, btw, on your brave trek up the imposing Mt. The late melt off is the culprit for this situation. These are the kinds of conversations we need to start having, like, 10 years ago. Here's what entitled sounds like: "I went to the Stuart Lake Trailhead. Tmber.com narrates a hike up to spectacular Colchuck Lake near Leavenworth, Washington. Colchuck Lake. Jun 13, 2020 07:09 PM, tim0 It started snowing on our way down which was cool. Jun 14, 2020 06:02 AM, Cascadian_Hiker Yes! The Colchuck Lake hike is undoubtedly one of the PNW's best and is VFC's favorite, aside from what sits beyond the lakes in the Enchantments. And all this is within relatively easy reach. The route to Colchuck Lake is the easiest and most popular way for people to see the glorious Enchantments. 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. I didn't go to Colchuck after seeing the crowds too, but this and other crowded pretty places has made me think about how people experience the outdoors. The trail continues along western shore of lake to access campsites and the route up Aasgard Pass to the Enchantments. 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. You’ll want at least one liter or more. 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. Tell everyone to let the mountains breathe for a while. on - The Douglas S. Squirrel: When the spectacle of 10's of thousands of people buying millions of dollars of plastic gear and driving millions of collective miles just to get their own version of a photo millions people took before them, all for an ostensible love of nature, gets to be too much, you skewer our collective hypocrisy in righteous anguish at what we're doing to the world. It's very relaxing. 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. Get Trail News Colchuck lake. Jun 15, 2020 02:22 PM. A tad over 9 would be more accurate and we didn't hike to the other side of the lake by Aasgard pass. And a link to your Insta. emcat166 on Jarv Your odds of getting to see a place like this should be directly proportional to the extent to which you give a s***. on Other vehicles had compacted the snow, making it possible for my car to get up. Jun 13, 2020 05:35 PM. I do admit I scan the woods for cougars when I'm hiking a lonely trail, and I do think about humans with nefarious intent in some places. 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. I vote for Mr Squirrel to head up WTA and turn this ship around. I don't believe that is really true. on Jun 13, 2020 10:26 AM. I love Colchuck - who doesn't? I parked in a no parking zone and hiked anyway, because I HAVE A RIGHT TO HIKE ANYWHERE I WANT WHENEVER I WANT." It was my first time in the enchantments and a beautiful November day. Testudo montana I hacked into your computer so I could read your discarded drafts and reverse-engineer my way to cleverer retorts. Elitism doesn't work, not in environmentalism either. Turn the pass into a license conditioned on ability to demonstrate knowledge of how to travel in the outdoors responsibly. Jun 14, 2020 01:18 PM. 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. Part 35.136. But want to know something crazier? COVID actually is terrible for you. Trip Report. It is the bigger brother to the nearby Enchantment Lakes, much easier to reach (as a day hike, especially), and some have described it as a religious experience.The glacier-fed waters of Colchuck Lake are an ethereal aquamarine blue. Douglas S. Squirrel Print. Colchuck Lake is an out and back trail, with a roundtrip of eight miles and an elevation gain of 2,300 feet. Colchuck Lake; What a jaw dropper of a hike! 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. No snow yet! Trails aren't their problem. This alpine lake is accompanied by the twin spires of Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak at the far end of the lake. on As if Colchuck Lake alone werent 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. Park at the Stuart Lake trailhead. 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 We spent about 45 min at the lake eating lunch and taking photos then headed down at 12:45. The Leavenworth area has numerous hikes, but Colchuck Lake hike is one of the two gateways to the famous Enchantments goo.gl/fodFj2. Poles were helpful. Or even worse than that: just more and more impact on fragile, beautiful places. 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. on CHS Tacoma September Hike: Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. It's a reservoir. 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. ricola Road had some snow/ice patches but no problems making it to the lot. Everyone pays taxes and this is public land. Douglas S. Squirrel Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. Trip will open for registration to all Mountaineers, based on availability, 7-10 days prior to date of the hike. If nothing else, it is a temporary salve for the anguish I feel at watching places I love get treated like disposable distractions. on That hike they did? 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"). Overall, the icy spots are hard to spot so keep your eyes peeled! Scratch_That_Hiking_Itch on Colchuck Lake. The people swamping trails? Who the hell wants to try and enjoy nature when the line is like Disneyland? Another great hike with the 40+ Meetup group. 13. On July 2nd we headed to Colchuck Lake near Leavenworth. Cars were parked along the road by this point. I've seen the same thing at all the most popular trails. Douglas S. Squirrel Jun 13, 2020 12:52 PM. The roundtrip covers 7.7 mi (12.39 km) with an elevation of 2,300 ft (701.04 m). The default strategy everyone comes up with is: increase capacity. 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. Go Hiking Trip Reports Colchuck Lake. Jun 15, 2020 07:05 PM. Only a few are allowed in each day. There is a creek crossing that has some very icy rocks, so go slow on that part! With an elevation gain of over 2000 feet, the hike to Colchuck lake is challenging. "Caring is lame." Who's going to be the arbitrator of who gets to hike? Bring lots of layers this time of year as you warm up as you ascend but it is very chilly at the lake when you are not moving. Really good and quiet day in the mountains. Then post a report on the hike. Washington Trails Association Douglas S. Squirrel The rest of the trail up was clear and pretty much perfect. This isn't about elitism. That notwithstanding, I'm not cowering in fear. ✌️, Jenniferkaye79 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. Most people on trails haven't invested anything in the land, and it shows. Long and Kathy Long made the first recorde… Maybe WTA doesn't care either, since membership isn't really that meaningful to your budget. We can't do both. on "look what I did today" … sorry but nobody cares. It's what drives development like Snoqualmie Ridge and Suncadia where previously wild spaces (mostly wild - perhaps logged years earlier) get repurposed for resource-intensive homes so people can feel "close to nature." If you look across the lake to the other side, you can see the Aasgard Pass and Dragontail Peak. However, the views at the lake are well worth the effort. "Gateway to the Enchantments." Maybe all the folks giving you their life savings in order to attach their name to the illusion of wilderness will keep bequeathing, regardless of what's actually happening out there, in the beautiful places we all supposedly love so much. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Scratch_That_Hiking_Itch As you ascend, it gets a bit icy in spots but it is easy to navigate if you go slowly. ” 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 SonicsGhost The trail was a mix of packed snow and ice followed by mud, and then more snow/ice. The Lake wasn't frozen over yet. 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. Find a trail that is in danger of being lost, take a pair of clippers and go hike it, clipping brush out at the same time. If you plan to camp overnight in this area you will need to come prepared. 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. 3.) What else gets you this kind of response? Lotteries are arbitrary. You can't turn back the clock. Did you listen to your own advice and not go? I don't love lotteries. I can think of a few off the MLH that make excellent family hikes, but you can't get there in your average paasinger car anymore. This mass stupidity is what hiking has become. They're not who will support you. on Jun 13, 2020 12:04 PM. 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. Jun 13, 2020 09:55 AM. DO NOT GO HERE. 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. I accept your nomination. - 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. The stark truth, though, is that this isn't sustainable. on on The first time you round the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience. Dogs are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area. Just another tick on the ol' bucket list, forgotten as soon as the next new thing gives them a stab of FOMO. With my newfound power, I command you, oh hikers of Washington: WRITE MORE TRIP REPORTS! Jun 14, 2020 06:07 AM. Love it. His response on the other trip report on this topic (the one by the guy with anger management and communication challenges) came across VERY paternalistic. Jun 13, 2020 12:24 PM. I'm the type that wants to have a place all to myself, enjoy the wilderness with as few other people as possible. 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. Trail Conditions Trail in good condition ... Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. WTA trail work party. on 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. Roads are paid for with public funds, but we you still have to pass an exam before you hop behind the wheel. Douglas S. Squirrel I was up there once in the fall during the week, not near as crazy. Roundtrip: 8.4 miles. During a pandemic. Begin on the Stuart Lake Trail #1599. 2.) Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Nice work!! There are the lonely trails waiting for those of us who love them. Spread out. They don't care what it takes to maintain trails and trailheads. Colchuck, ricola Jun 13, 2020 04:54 PM, new name wasn't my first choice, but lawyers said there would be "issues" with "David S. (I appreciate your parody of this type of report. Jun 13, 2020 06:12 PM. on Here is a link to the hike and it gives a very good description of what to expect. You can't accomplish your mission if you turn a blind eye to the reality of trail use c. 2020. on As the saying goes “if you can’t stand the heat....” My advice? on 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. Agreed. All it takes is one schmuck who decides he/she wants some imaginary internet points to post some pictures of a place, drop the name and how to get there and BAM stampede because now every Karen, Kyle and Jane has to go up there, take the picture doing the same tired yoga pose with the scenery in the background, Kyle walking down the trail blasting his music on his Bluetooth speaker... and then most have the nerve to complain about how busy the trail was and how they wish they could have more solitude. on 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." Like other reports state, you have to hike up the road to the trailhead. Wyoming is already plenty crowded in its own right, and the more people pursue the strategy of finding their own empty corner of wilderness, the fewer empty corners will remain. Douglas squirrels and needlepoint; two of my favorite things! Si.) Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. I would prefer something meritocratic. The Colchuck Lake route via the Stuart Lake Trailhead is a fantastic way to see a gorgeous part of Washington state, plus Aasgard Pass looming above the lake itself. Mark my words, the more we enjoy nature the more nails in our coffins. I'm a little mammal with big ideas. Have fun! Mt Si, Mailbox, Teneriffe, Granite Lakes, Otter falls etc. 1599) and dives right into the forest. It’s terrible for you!!!! I don't recall saying I'm OK with vacation homes. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. I am pretty sure 100+ helpful votes makes this the second most up-voted report ever posted. on Land Agency: National Forest Service. Type of Hike Day hike. Douglas S. Squirrel Jun 14, 2020 03:24 PM. I see I've met my match in rhetorical skill. Jun 13, 2020 01:51 PM. Don’t go outside and enjoy nature, you’ll catch the plague the moment you step outside and breath fresh air. While some of the gripes you have are constructive, they have been played time and again and are well known to land stewards (areas being loved to death, etc). The red line indicates the hiking trail. The crowds in the front-country are inevitable. The belief that each of us is the only person in the world (despite ample evidence to the contrary) and that our individual pleasure can be pursued regardless of impact to others is why beautiful places are getting trashed and why we've lost more people to a manageable outbreak than any other country on earth (until Brazil one-ups us - but trust me when I tell you that "not quite as bad as Balsonaro's Brazil" is really faint praise). on Here we crossed our first bridge and the trail starts to climb. This must be the eastside version of Lake 22. Please let us help you get your follower count up, you attention w...uh, I mean: narcissist. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. 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. "Our trails are being loved to death". Jun 14, 2020 11:05 PM. You will hike counter-clockwise around Colchuck Lake. This makes the Enchantments a whole lot less enchanting! My last note is to the WTA itself: the staff, the board, the donors. BethS I'll wait. I brought spikes but didn't need them even at the top. Running won't help. Next to Stuart Lake, this has to be one of the most glorious day trips in the area. Dogs, and all pets, are prohibited, except for Service Dogs as defined by Department of Justice regulations 28 C.F.R. Another great, honest report. Douglas S. Squirrel Road up to Colchuck/Stuart/Eightmile trailhead is gated as of yesterday 11/5. It was cold (mid 30's-low 40's). on on Read About these trails in our Hiking Guide Colchuck Lake; Note: This is more of a volunteer vacation report than a trip report. The parking lot was full. Jun 15, 2020 03:02 PM. I find my fresh air in a responsible radius around my home. 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. on The stuff that gets them that content? This was an amazing hike to do. ", Douglas S. Squirrel Jun 13, 2020 01:44 PM, Yep, people want to enjoy nature and fresh air. If he means volunteer for work parties, that doesn't solve the things I'm talking about. We hiked Colchuck yesterday and it was absolutely beautiful. Sorry not sorry. on Solo hike to Colchuck. on 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. Jun 13, 2020 01:57 PM. The parking area can be busy, as visitors access the Enchantments and Stuart Lake from this trailhead. 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