Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. The hike to snow lakes is no kids stuff. It separates Colchuck Lake (elevation 5,570 feet (1,700 m)) to the northwest from the Upper Enchantment Basin (elevation ~7,500 feet (2,300 m)) to the southeast. I was excited to be on this trail at last, and it was a delightful hike through a very pretty forest along Mountaineer Creek. Northwest Forest Pass required.Note that FR 7601 from Icicle Creek Road to the trailhead closes during the winter, typically from November to May, making for a short summer hiking season. 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. 209S map. Officials say the woman fell in around 00:30am and because of the freezing temperatures of the water likely did not survive over 20 minutes. We hiked Colchuck during the final weekend of September when the undergrowth was popping with color, the air was crisp, the sun was … Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. We started hiking at 8:40am and reached the lake by noon. While the final ascent to the lake is steep and rough in places, Colchuck’s overall elevation gain of 2,300 feet makes its spectacular scenery accessible to hikers of almost any ability. 2 comments. After a series of bends and ups and downs in the trees, the trail reaches a rock field at the bottom of the terminal moraine of the Colchuck Glacier. Aasgard Pass, officially identified as Colchuck Pass, (elevation 7,841 feet (2,390 m)) is a mountain pass on the east side of the Cascades in Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness southwest of Leavenworth. The trail is steep and reaches Colchuck Lake via switchbacks in 1,100 feet of elevation gain and 1.6 miles. share. For a wider overview of the weather, consult the Weather Map of Washington. For the first 1.7 miles, the hike is relatively easy with rolling hills and about 600 feet of elevation. Day Hike - Colchuck Lake. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. One of the least obvious route junctures is at a large tarn -– it’s a common mistake to follow the well-trodden dirt to the right, but the trail actually proceeds over rocky slopes to the left. Colchuck Lake: Stuart Lake Trailhead to first view of the lake 4.2 miles (one way) 2,200 ft elevation gain. 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. At the end of this first mile and a half, the trail crosses to the right bank of Mountaineer Creek on a sturdy log bridge. Colchuck Lake, Washington State. We Took a hike into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness a few weeks back. I only miss not being able to visit the upper lakes which should have been even more beautiful. On August 6, 2010, a 52-year-old man was hiking and glissading with his son when he slipped and fell about 15 feet into a waterfall on Aasgard Pass. Starting Elevation (Stuart/Colchuck TH): 3,225 feet (980 meters) Ending Elevation (Snow Lakes TH): 1,400 feet (425 meters) Highest Elevation (Aasgard Pass): 7,841 feet (2,390 meters) To the right are the remnants of the Colchuck Glacier and the slopes of Colchuck Peak, its true summit tucked out of view behind rocky towers. Begin on the Stuart Lake Trail #1599. 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. 4.5 miles with 2,300 ft. elevation gain Starting at the Stuart Lake trailhead, we hiked in to our campsite at Colchuck Lake. We had amazing views from the forest in its Autumn colors and the lakes were amazing. And all this is within relatively easy reach. Length 9 mi Elevation gain 2283 ft Route type Out & back. An inviting lake beneath the fearsome north face of one of Washington's highest and most imposing peaks. There are several high points with the western most being the true summit. At first, the trail switchbacks gently, but the closer it gets to the lake, the steeper and rockier it gets. The way to Colchuck Lake is steeper and more crowded. It is the shorter and steeper of two primary hiking routes into the Enchantments, one of Washington's most popular hiking areas. Highest Point: 5580 ft. WTA Pro Tip: There are campsites all along the lakeshore, but be aware that camping here is managed under the same strict regime as the core Enchantment Zone -– overnight stays are by permit only from May 15th-October 31st. Straight ahead the path to Stuart Lake rolls out, while the Colchuck Lake Trail #1599.1 breaks off to the left. , One June 5, 2017 a 19-year-old man named Benjamin Gore from Mercer Island was presumed dead after glissading into the same waterfall hole around 5 PM. After a fairly intense (ie. Here we crossed our first bridge and the trail starts to climb. Lake Colchuck Question. The trail is sometimes steep and rough for 1.5 miles from creek crossing to the lake, which is at 5500' elevation. The first mile and a half climbs very gradually in forest, first dense and dark, then thinner and lighter, within earshot and sometimes sightline of Mountaineer Creek. A gorgeous day at Colchuck Lake. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association His family has asked local authorities to post warning signs at Colchuck Lake and the Enchantments trailhead to prevent future accidents. The trail is a bit of a jumble as you hop boulders in a large talus slope along the creek’s bank. Colchuck Lake; What a jaw dropper of a hike! It is the shorter and steeper of two primary hiking routes into the Enchantments, one of Washington's most popular hiking areas. We were definitely going at a medium pace, with a little bit of urgency to make it before sunrise! Stay left for Colchuck Lake. , On July 3, 2011, a 21-year-old student at Pacific Lutheran University named Julia A. Rutherford was glissading down Aasgard Pass with a group when she slipped and fell into a crevasse and into running glacial water. Trail No. The mountain and glacier take their name from the lake, which in Chinook jargon means "cold water". In the other day we went from Icicle road all the way up to Snow Lakes and back. It separates Colchuck Lake (elevation 5,570 feet (1,700 m)) to the northwest from the Upper Enchantment Basin (elevation ~7,500 feet (2,300 m)) to the southeast. Occasional breaks in the trees offer glimpses of the steep walls of the valley. It's 8.0 miles round trip to Colchuck Lake, with about 2,200 feet of elevation gain. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed. Hiked in: Saturday, October 5, 2019 Colchuck Lake + Upper Enchantments Alpine Lakes Wilderness Roundtrip: ~16 miles Highest pt: 7,841 ft Elevation gain: 4,300 ft Ah, October… the perfect fall hiking conditions for dramatic yellow larches, super comfortable trekking temperatures and a high prob After one final steep stretch, the trail takes a jog to the right, drops into a small swale and suddenly, there you are at one of the finest lake views in the Cascades. Aasgard Pass is locat… Stuart Lake (#1599), Colchuck Lake (#1599A), Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District, 100 Hikes in Washington's Alpine Lakes (Spring, Buy the Green Trails Enchantments No. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. CHS Tacoma September Hike: Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Hike by WTA Correspondents: It’s steep with few switchbacks and lots of roots/ rocks. The current policy of not adopting new names for geographic features in wilderness areas probably precludes the rest of the names identified by the Starks from ever achieving official status. At Colchuck Lake, an easy going 1.1 miles travels the east and south shores. Photo by Roy Scholl . Suitable Activities: Day Hiking; Seasons: July, August, September, October; Weather: View weather forecast; Difficulty: Moderate; Length: 9.0 mi; Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft Here, subalpine firs give way to larches, and the formal trail gives way to a rock-hopping route that eventually heads up Aasgard Pass. The first time you round the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience. If I’m not mistaken it is about 5 miles to the base of Aasgard and approximately 2500′ of elevation gain from the trail head. I am going to be getting an America the beautiful national park pass and I was wondering if this would also cover the parking for lake colchuck so I don’t have to buy a forest pass. The first section of this slog is just a foot in front of foot hike to the stunning Colchuck Lake which is seated at the bottom of Aasgard Pass. Seattle, WA 98104. I think we arrived at Colchuck around 8:00 AM. Nearby Peak Searches: Radius Search - Nearest Peaks to Colchuck Peak Elevation Ladder from Colchuck Peak Prominence Ladder from Colchuck Peak: Climbing up Colchuck Glacier. Click here for larger-size photo. Colchuck Peak is an 8,705-foot (2,653-metre) mountain located in the Stuart Range, in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Chelan County of Washington state. Here's a few clips of hiking up Asgard pass from Colchuk Lake. Turn left here and trail soon crosses Mountaineer Creek again on a log bridge. Take a dip if you dare, but remember your quick-dry towel and warm puffy jacket because Colchuck Lake sits at an elevation of 5,570 feet. Colchuck Lake from Mapcarta, the free map. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Three quarters of a mile later, the trail flattens out and drops a little before reaching a trail junction. 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. Stephen Grate led hikes in the Renton and Issaquah areas to teach the history of coal mining. His body was recovered on June 25, 2017 due to deep snow and fast-running water. Top Tips For The Colchuck Lake Hike: Prepare for a quick elevation gain In summer, cars fill not only the trailhead parking lot, but the road leading to it. The elevation gain increases significantly in this area, so take a break by the last bridge before you start the ascent. save. There are beautiful views of the lake -- with Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak rising 3,000 feet above south end of lake. There are beautiful views of the lake -- with Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak rising 3,000 feet above south end of lake. Paul Kriloff. 1599) and dives right into the forest. , In May 1998 Steve Smith, a Mountaineers Climbing Education Manager, slipped into a waterfall under the snowpack at Aasgard Pass. It is about a 30 acre lake with clear water and easy fishing access in many places. The first time you round the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience. 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