It is the shorter and steeper of two primary hiking routes into the Enchantments, one of Washington's most popular hiking areas. It’s steep with few switchbacks and lots of roots/ rocks. On hot days, standing at the midpoint of the bridge, hikers can catch some welcome relief from the breeze coming off the rushing whitewater of the creek. 2 comments. Top Tips For The Colchuck Lake Hike: Prepare for a quick elevation gain Turn left here and trail soon crosses Mountaineer Creek again on a log bridge. Colchuck Lake Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area 8.0 miles, round trip ELEVATION Gain: 2280 ft. Elevation 5570. Suddenly, laid out beneath your feet are the icy waters of the lake–-deep blue in the shade, bright aquamarine in sunlight–-while high above you at the far end of the lake, the twin spires of Dragontail and Colchuck Peaks seem to crowd out the very sky. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Colchuck Lake: Stuart Lake Trailhead to first view of the lake 4.2 miles (one way) 2,200 ft elevation gain. Begin on the Stuart Lake Trail #1599. We had amazing views from the forest in its Autumn colors and the lakes were amazing. 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. It is the shorter and steeper of two primary hiking routes into the Enchantments, one of Washington's most popular hiking areas. Photo by Roy Scholl . The trail is steep and reaches Colchuck Lake via switchbacks in 1,100 feet of elevation gain and 1.6 miles. In the other day we went from Icicle road all the way up to Snow Lakes and back. The first two miles are an easy hike through the forest next to Mountaineer Creek. 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. [6][7], On June 5, 2016 a 24-year-old man named Qi He fell into a waterfall hole and died. The first time you round the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience. The lake has a very healthy population of gorgeous cutthroat trout. Mountaineers have long referred to the feature as Aasgard Pass, the name favored by famed climber and guide author Fred Beckey. The official naming rulings of the US Board in the 1960s resulted in a mixture of the two name sets being adopted as official. Day Hike - Colchuck Lake. 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. At several spots along the way, views open up, first to the valley you’ve just climbed out of, then up to the toothy ridge of Dragontail Peak. The trail seems to end at a broad granite face overlooking the lake. The wonderful thing about traveling on the road is the little gems you find along the way. And all this is within relatively easy reach. The trail continues along the lakeshore another two thirds of a mile, at times rough and a little hard to follow. extremely dangerous) experience on Mount Hood’s North Face recently, Jess and I were feeling pretty risk adverse in approaching a tight weather window between periods of heavy unseasonal precip. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Regardless, to climb up the entire trail all the way to the top of Aasgard Pass in one day you'll have to … Attempts to change the name officially in 1967 and 1988 were both turned down by the US Board on Geographic Names; thus, the name "Colchuck Pass" is retained on United States Geological Survey (USGS) maps. We started hiking at 8:40am and reached the lake by noon. The easiest routes are scrambles from the south and / or the Colchuck Col at the top of the Colchuck Glacier to the east. Length 9 mi Elevation gain 2283 ft Route type Out & back. In summer, cars fill not only the trailhead parking lot, but the road leading to it. 2 of the pretty substantial waterfalls along the 2nd half of the trail. And all this is within relatively easy reach. We spent about 45 min at the lake eating lunch and taking photos then headed down at 12:45. There are beautiful views of the lake -- with Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak rising 3,000 feet above south end of lake. Here's a few clips of hiking up Asgard pass from Colchuk Lake. 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. 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. 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. 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. report. Stuart Lake is at 5600 feet elevation in the Enchantment Mountain range. 1599) and dives right into the forest. We Took a hike into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness a few weeks back. Stay left for Colchuck Lake. 209S map. In one day we hiked up to Colchuck Lake, Stuart and back. save. Here, subalpine firs give way to larches, and the formal trail gives way to a rock-hopping route that eventually heads up Aasgard Pass. A short distance later you near the creek again, but here its waters turn suddenly glassy smooth; a nice spot for a meditative pause before starting to climb once again. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Nearby Peak Searches: Radius Search - Nearest Peaks to Colchuck Peak Elevation Ladder from Colchuck Peak Prominence Ladder from Colchuck Peak: Climbing up Colchuck Glacier. For the first 1.7 miles, the hike is relatively easy with rolling hills and about 600 feet of elevation. Parking for about 20-30 cars and a toilet are available in the lot. Click here for larger-size photo. The nearest higher peak is Dragontail Peak, 0.49 mi (0.79 km) to the east, and Argonaut Peak lies 0.9 mi (1.4 km) to the southwest. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 I think we arrived at Colchuck around 8:00 AM. After a fairly intense (ie. An inviting lake beneath the fearsome north face of one of Washington's highest and most imposing peaks. Posted on November 25, 2017 April 15, 2018 by Kyuri. In the other day we went from Icicle road all the way up to Snow Lakes and back. 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. Highest Point: 5580 ft. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association Gain: 2280 ft. Hike by WTA Correspondents: 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. 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. The name was likely coined by Bill and Peggy Stark, who explored the Enchantments extensively in the mid-20th Century, and who gave Nordic mythological names to many of the lakes that previously had been named by A. H. Sylvester, a U.S. Geological Survey topographer supervisor of Wenatchee National Forest in the early 1900s who is credited with discovering the region. Here we crossed our first bridge and the trail starts to climb. You’ll pass a couple waterfalls visible just off trail and then reach a signed fork in the trail. Paul Kriloff. 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[11][12], In May 1998 Steve Smith, a Mountaineers Climbing Education Manager, slipped into a waterfall under the snowpack at Aasgard Pass. Immediately across the lake is the imposing massif of Dragontail Peak. Highest Point: 5580 ft. 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) 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. There are several high points with the western most being the true summit. 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. The trail is a bit of a jumble as you hop boulders in a large talus slope along the creek’s bank. Aasgard Pass is locat… It was cold (mid 30's-low 40's). We were definitely going at a medium pace, with a little bit of urgency to make it before sunrise! Drive 8.4 miles and turn left onto Forest Service Road 7601. Cross the creek on a bridge and the next mile begins to ascend a little more steeply. 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. Straight ahead the path to Stuart Lake rolls out, while the Colchuck Lake Trail #1599.1 breaks off to the left. 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 We had amazing views from the forest in its Autumn colors and the lakes were amazing. This is a great place to grab lunch and take in the scenery. Colchuck Lake; What a jaw dropper of a hike! Dispersed camping is not allowed between the road and Icicle Creek. Follow the trail to the left and after a short stretch in the trees, come to another log bridge that takes you across a narrow, turbulent section of Mountaineer Creek. Steve managed to climb and dig his way back out and has documented his experience online at The Mountaineers' blog for others to learn about. Seattle, WA 98104. In summer, cars fill not only the trailhead parking lot, but the road leading to it. To see the weather forecasts for the other elevations, use the tab navigation above the table. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Occasional breaks in the trees offer glimpses of the steep walls of the valley. We hiked Colchuck during the final weekend of September when the undergrowth was popping with color, the air was crisp, the sun was … 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. For a wider overview of the weather, consult the Weather Map of Washington. [3][4][5], 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. CHS Tacoma September Hike: Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. 1599.1. Trail steepens after the bridge and at 2.5 miles the junction with Colchuck Lake Trail is reached. 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. Precipitation runofffrom the peak drains nort… It took us a little over 3 hours to reach Colchuck Lake. The Colchuck Glacier which lies on the northeast slopes of the peak melts into Colchuck Lake. Almost all of the elevation gain is in the last 2.5 miles with a never ending uphill feel. Due to the snowpack, rescuers could not retrieve his body until a month after the accident. 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. 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. The hike to snow lakes is no kids stuff. 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. 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. Colchuck Lake. 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. The first time you round the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience. The mountain and glacier take their name from the lake, which in Chinook jargon means "cold water". 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. The trail is sometimes steep and rough for 1.5 miles from creek crossing to the lake, which is at 5500' elevation. Thanks . 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. Stephen Grate led hikes in the Renton and Issaquah areas to teach the history of coal mining. There are beautiful views of the lake -- with Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak rising 3,000 feet above south end of lake. It's 8.0 miles round trip to Colchuck Lake, with about 2,200 feet of elevation gain. It is about a 30 acre lake with clear water and easy fishing access in many places. 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. Elevation: 8,705ft; Route: Colchuck Glacier; Length: 3,100ft; Grade: I/II; Short & Sweet. (2015-11-07). 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. Colchuck Lake from Mapcarta, the free map. Once we finally made it back to the states through the Washington border we headed to Vancouver, WA to visit our friend Peter. At Colchuck Lake, an easy going 1.1 miles travels the east and south shores. Elvin R. Joh… To reach the trailhead, turn onto Icicle Creek Road from US2 on the very western edge of Leavenworth. I see that a NW forest pass is required. The way to Colchuck Lake is steeper and more crowded. Follow the bumpy, sometimes potholed dirt road 3.7 miles to the Stuart Lake trailhead. I only miss not being able to visit the upper lakes which should have been even more beautiful. [8][9][10], 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. Colchuck Lake, Washington State. Colchuck Lake. At first, the trail switchbacks gently, but the closer it gets to the lake, the steeper and rockier it gets. hide. Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Three quarters of a mile later, the trail flattens out and drops a little before reaching a trail junction. Info COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. share. June 10, 2007 - Although it was raining when I left Seattle early in the morning and raining even harder as I drove across Stevens Pass, Leavenworth was sunny and warm. In one day we hiked up to Colchuck Lake, Stuart and back. The elevation gain increases significantly in this area, so take a break by the last bridge before you start the ascent. Hiking to Colchuck Lake The hike to Colchuck Lake begins at the Stuart Lake trailhead (no. Aasgard Pass is located at the saddle between Dragontail Peak and the Enchantment Peaks.[2]. Trail No. Begin on the Stuart La… I was excited to be on this trail at last, and it was a delightful hike through a very pretty forest along Mountaineer Creek. 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. Another alpine lake, Colchuck Lake is surrounded by mountains and lined with plenty of boulders to sit on and snack the afternoon away. After the bridge, the route steepens and grows rockier, a small taste of what’s to come over the hike’s second half. I will be in Washington at the end of July and I have a question about hiking to lake colchuck. I only miss not being able to visit the upper lakes which should have been even more beautiful. ELEVATION. To get into the Enchantment Lakes Core Zone, you can either depart via the Snow Lakes Trail, which is roughly 10 miles in one-way and 5,830 feet of elevation gain, or you can make this more direct trek via Colchuck Lake, which is roughly 3 miles shorter one-way with a trailhead located 1,500 feet higher. Turn left here and trail soon crosses Mountaineer Creek again on a log bridge. Trail steepens after the bridge and at 2.5 miles the junction with Colchuck Lake Trail is reached. It was my first time in the enchantments and a beautiful November day. Aasgard Pass, officially identified as Colchuck Pass, (elevation 7,841 feet (2,390 m))[1] is a mountain pass on the east side of the Cascades in Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness southwest of Leavenworth. Lake Colchuck Question. To the left of Dragontail is Aasgard Pass, the climb that serves as the unbelievably steep “shortcut” to the Enchantments. Photo by Paul Kriloff. 4.5 miles with 2,300 ft. elevation gain Starting at the Stuart Lake trailhead, we hiked in to our campsite at Colchuck Lake. The climb starts not long after the cutoff from the Stuart Lake Trail. Note the steps kicked into the slope and the two climbers we followed. This table gives the weather forecast for Colchuck Peak at the specific elevation of 2653 m. Our advanced weather models allow us to provide distinct weather forecasts for several elevations of Colchuck Peak. Suitable Activities: Day Hiking; Seasons: July, August, September, October; Weather: View weather forecast; Difficulty: Moderate; Length: 9.0 mi; Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft Colchuck Lake is a lake in Washington and has an elevation of 5574 feet. 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. His body was recovered on June 25, 2017 due to deep snow and fast-running water. 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