Colchuck Lake – 06-08-2014

Mountaineers CHS 1 hike to Colchuck Lake. Such a beautiful day, we spent almost an hour eating, sunning, and napping on the bare rocks around Colchuck Lake. We met two or three mountain goats along the trail near the lake. Afterwards we ate dinner at Gustav’s in Leavenworth.

Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Bryn Bohanon, Cristina Del Alma, Jodie Framke, Nancy Jordan, Isa Lopez, and Jim Thompson.

Colchuck Lake – 06-08-2014 (Fullscreen Slideshow)

References:

  • Washington Trails Association, Colchuck Lake
  • Green Trails – The Enchantments – No. 209S

Set in a granite bathtub beneath spiraling peaks dabbed with shimmering strings of glacial ice, Colchuck ranks as one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in all of Washington. And one of the most popular too! Can you resist the lure of Colchuck’s sparkling cobalt waters? Or being mesmerized by her glacial-scoured surroundings that appear right out of the High Sierra? I didn’t think so. But before joining the boot-beating brigade, be forewarned. The hike isn’t easy. It involves a knee knocking ascent over some pretty steep and rocky terrain.

Driving Directions
From milepost 99 on US 2, on the western edge of Leavenworth, follow the paved Icicle Creek Road (Forest Road 76) for 8.4 miles, turning left onto Eightmile Road (FR 7601). Continue on this washboarded dirt road for 3.8 miles to a large parking lot and the trailhead (elev. 3400 ft). Privy available.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.5277, -120.8210)
Northwest Forest Pass required.

Hiking Stats:
9.04 miles, 2274 ft. gain, 7 hrs 48 min.

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