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. The reward at the top is a picturesque lake with dazzling blue green water and views over Dragontail and Colchuck Peak mountains. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Dogs, and all pets, are prohibited, except for Service Dogs as defined by Department of Justice regulations 28 C.F.R. The trail to Colchuck Lake was perfect. SonicsGhost You can replenish water in the creeks or lake, but be sure to … Great trip report! 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. Next to Stuart Lake, this has to be one of the most glorious day trips in the area. Part 35.136. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. ; Wyoming, but don’t tell anybody , snowmonkey "Caring is lame." 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. However, the ground was very hard packed dirt/frozen so the poles didn't dig in well. Jun 14, 2020 05:53 AM. on on Colchuck lake. Good! I want things to go back to normal as reliably and quickly as possible (too late for that, thanks to attitudes like yours, but still...), so if I can help increase the likelihood of that by not hiking, sign me up. These are the kinds of conversations we need to start having, like, 10 years ago. 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. Trail overuse should be the #1 issue on your radar. I enjoyed the variety of this trail - forest, views etc. That's what I would like to see, along the lines of what Testudo suggested above. on Again, loved your rant. It’s terrible for you!!!! - The Tana Mongeau: We need selfies. Agreed 100%. Did you listen to your own advice and not go? This lake is a real butt-kicker hike but an oh so worth-it destination. I like where your head is at. Comments. Location: Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Icicle River Valley . Jarv Jun 14, 2020 03:24 PM. I can only conclude its another form of begging for ephemeral 'social media' currency …. Muledeer Oh my god. Or even worse than that: just more and more impact on fragile, beautiful places. Type of Hike Day hike. Only a few are allowed in each day. Road at Bridge Creek is gated. 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. That misleading trope right there is a big part of the problem. It started snowing on our way down which was cool. The first part of this trail follows the Stuart Lake Trail before branching off to the left. They don't care what it takes to maintain trails and trailheads. Tell everyone to let the mountains breathe for a while. 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). Jun 13, 2020 07:49 PM. on on 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. 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. Solohiker35 on Colchuck Lake How long is the gated road in to TH? ” 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 Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Jun 13, 2020 06:12 PM. Jun 15, 2020 12:24 PM. Do yourself a favor and stay away. One person posts a filter-enhanced photo of the lake to that group, and it's on... Of course, everyone being the responsible outdoor enthusiasts that they are, all rules are respected and people who find a full parking lot just go somewhere else right? Jun 13, 2020 05:41 PM. Popularizing locations where there is no infrastructure (roads, sanitation etc.) I'm the type that wants to have a place all to myself, enjoy the wilderness with as few other people as possible. On July 2nd we headed to Colchuck Lake near Leavenworth. See? Douglas S. Squirrel The default strategy everyone comes up with is: increase capacity. "Douglas T. Squirrel, Lord Chancellor of Washington Trails" - that has a nice ring to it! Who the hell wants to try and enjoy nature when the line is like Disneyland? Their problem is that they need content to get likes from friends and strangers. Exponential increase in high impact activity in sensitive alpine/subalpine terrain. 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. 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." You will hike counter-clockwise around Colchuck Lake. It's very relaxing. If 1% of people at Colchuck cut switchbacks, bring a dog, have a campfire by the lakeside (I've seen all three behaviors), 1,000 people on the trail = 10 people causing damage. I love Colchuck - who doesn't? 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. almost 4 years ago. Trip will open for registration to all Mountaineers, based on availability, 7-10 days prior to date of the hike. Started 6:08, Back to the car at 14:32. I have no way of knowing for sure, but a trip report like this probably generates more chatter than all their blog posts and 1,000 normal trip reports combined. 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. Spread out. I think the crowds just represent a different way to enjoy the wilderness, and the parks and national forest should provide some means to handle them, like in Canada, perhaps well engineered trails, more toilet facilities, trash service and personnel to handle the crowds. Jun 15, 2020 01:41 PM, This is the exact approach we that should 'not' be taking. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Just gotta admit when I've been bested. 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. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 When physical distancing is lifted we should 'point together. Jun 13, 2020 07:09 PM, tim0 Douglas S. Squirrel Jun 14, 2020 01:16 PM. Complete turn off, and that was before covid. on However why do any of the basic hikes along I-90, Route 2, SR20, Rainier and "Colchuck Lake" require reports? on on Spread people out and reduce impact. Cars were parked along the road by this point. Douglas S. Squirrel It was my first time in the enchantments and a beautiful November day. Jun 14, 2020 11:05 PM. Jun 15, 2020 04:18 PM. Colchuck Lake is an out and back trail, with a roundtrip of eight miles and an elevation gain of 2,300 feet. I was up there once in the fall during the week, not near as crazy. Jun 15, 2020 08:40 PM. You’re totally right! Jun 13, 2020 08:09 PM. Another great, honest report. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. It is not enough to have daily updates from the dangerous wilds of Lake Serene, Lake 22, and Mount Pilchuck. Actually there IS something people can do about overrun trails. It’s also the perfect place to take a short break and have a snack. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The easiest routes are scrambles from the south and / or the Colchuck Col at the top of the Colchuck Glacier to the east. The lake itself was beautiful and we watched a lot of groups going up and down Aasgard pass.We heard reports that the mtn. Sooo... you are in favor of crowds on the trails. Jun 13, 2020 09:55 AM. Read About these trails in our Hiking Guide Colchuck Lake; Note: This is more of a volunteer vacation report than a trip report. There are the lonely trails waiting for those of us who love them. Jun 14, 2020 06:02 AM, Cascadian_Hiker The late melt off is the culprit for this situation. The Enchantments: Hike to Colchuck Lake. I hope you are able to find some happiness. 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. "Gateway to the Enchantments." Another great hike with the 40+ Meetup group. Going up was not too bad however the latter part (closest to the lake) has some steeper grades. It's 8.0 miles round trip to Colchuck Lake, with about 2,200 feet of elevation gain. Douglas S. Squirrel Colchuck Peak Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Colchuck Peak is: A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Sat nightTemperatures will be below freezing (max -2°C on Sat night, min -14°C on Mon night)Winds decreasing (extremely windy from the W on Sat night, moderate winds from the … I accept your nomination. Douglas S. Squirrel on I agree SeattleCyclist, your post is sanctimonious entitled garbage. That notwithstanding, I'm not cowering in fear. Hike of the Week for Friday, August 26, 2011 Colchuck Lake. Social media is killing hiking in general. 1599) and dives right into the forest. The red line indicates the hiking trail. 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. on 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! on If he means volunteer for work parties, that doesn't solve the things I'm talking about. Your odds of getting to see a place like this should be directly proportional to the extent to which you give a s***. What else gets you this kind of response? This post is sanctimonious entitled garbage. 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. There were one or two spots of snow/ice that you can walk around easily. With my newfound power, I command you, oh hikers of Washington: WRITE MORE TRIP REPORTS! Next to Stuart Lake, this has to be one of the most glorious day trips in the area. on WTA is the most influential hiking advocacy group in the state, and a trip report like this is a way for this community to communicate in a very visible way that there is a concern that isn't being discussed. I've seen the same thing at all the most popular trails. (I appreciate your parody of this type of report. I've contributed to policy. 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. This hike is challenging in that it is mostly up, and up, and up. 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. I like your name change, BTW. You're in a position - maybe the best position of all - to do something about it. Overuse isn't on WTA's radar in any serious way. Mark my words, the more we enjoy nature the more nails in our coffins. Colchuck Lake; What a jaw dropper of a hike! The trip to the lake is just under 4 mi (6.44 km). Go Hiking Trip Reports Colchuck Lake. BethS Douglas S. Squirrel on And as to your suggestion that Mr. Squirrel do some volunteer work to help trails, he IS doing volunteer work by deploying his superb writing skills in defense of the natural world. 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. It’s a big part of boosting your immune system, not to mention mental and physical health. The hike to Colchuck Lake begins at the Stuart Lake trailhead (no. Trails aren't their problem. Jun 14, 2020 09:05 AM. on Poles were helpful. Your community is speaking to you. However, the views at the lake are well worth the effort. on The trail was a mix of packed snow and ice followed by mud, and then more snow/ice. They're not who will support you. Trip Report By. Colchuck Peak : SummitPost.org : Climbing, hiking, mountaineering. If you plan to camp overnight in this area you will need to come prepared. It was my first time in the enchantments and a beautiful November day. I hacked into your computer so I could read your discarded drafts and reverse-engineer my way to cleverer retorts. It's gated down at the Eightmile turnoff (FR 7601). DO NOT GO HERE. Trail Conditions Trail in good condition ... Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. You can still hike Colchuck, but … The parking lot was full. there's still a pandemic going on. Douglas S. Squirrel Have a great day. You pay for a chance. The rest of the trail up was clear and pretty much perfect. There'd also be an annual volunteer hours requirement. Don’t go outside and enjoy nature, you’ll catch the plague the moment you step outside and breath fresh air. Begin on the Stuart Lake Trail #1599. We can't do both. I parked in a no parking zone and hiked anyway, because I HAVE A RIGHT TO HIKE ANYWHERE I WANT WHENEVER I WANT." In summer, cars fill not only the trailhead parking lot, but the road leading to it. The parking area can be busy, as visitors access the Enchantments and Stuart Lake from this trailhead. Colchuck Lake Tips & Hiking Resources. This isn't about elitism. Douglas S. Squirrel 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. 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. Many people camp in this area during the summer months and others are brave enough to do it in the winter. Jun 20, 2020 08:44 AM. The two mindsets (hiking exceptionalism, covid do-nothingism) are related. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. 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 03:02 PM. 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. This thread is winding down. This alpine lake is accompanied by the twin spires of Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak at the far end of the lake. C P is an excellent example of this kind of hiker. 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). I highly suggest getting started early as it gets very busy later in the day and it's a bit annoying to keep stopping to let people pass. And your blog. Maybe we need sacrifice zones for vanity hiking, same way we have them for mining and logging. Jun 14, 2020 06:07 AM. And yes, I know that sounds crazy. This was an amazing hike to do. Do a google image search for "Colchuck Lake." 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. hayleygardner19 As this video (reposted by the outmatched Forest Service) shows, people park for miles along the road, creating a one-lane clog. Jun 13, 2020 12:24 PM. Jun 13, 2020 12:52 PM. He has opened up quite a few trails off the MLH and in the North Cascades doing this. We fueled with cheese danishes. I vote for Mr Squirrel to head up WTA and turn this ship around. on Colchuck Lake Trail (Trip Report) Knowing how popular the Colchuck Lake trail is, we started our hike at 3am to avoid crowds and catch sunrise. Elvin R. Johnson, Norma Johnson, William A. Jun 15, 2020 12:12 PM. Jun 14, 2020 06:31 PM, Very entertaining! Be prepared to share the trail with hundreds of people; this is an extremely popular route, especially on summer … Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. We got back to the parking lot by 3pm, so total hiking time = 5.5 hrs (that includes a few short breaks). And you've done your part by crowding onto trails too soon. Colchuck Lake Trail starts at Stuart Lake trailhead off of Forest Service Road 7601, which can be accessed from Icicle Creek Road. on Colchuck Lake; Road to TH is closed for the winter. Jun 30, 2020 08:32 AM, Washington Trails Association The route to Colchuck Lake is the easiest and most popular way for people to see the glorious Enchantments. Like other reports state, you have to hike up the road to the trailhead. on My last note is to the WTA itself: the staff, the board, the donors. Advocate for clearing up the access roads. 3.) on There are beautiful views of the lake -- with Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak rising 3,000 feet above south end of lake. Sadly, the trail is closed right now due to fire. Jul 3, 2015 - Set beneath two of Washington’s tallest peaks, Colchuck Lake is an alpine gem. Thanks everyone, I agree with all of you ;), grisbarr As the saying goes “if you can’t stand the heat....” My advice? 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. Get Trail News Overall, the icy spots are hard to spot so keep your eyes peeled! Trail work on the Colchuck Lake Trail. Douglas S. Squirrel “ 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. I understand the annoyance, but I don’t think this is the right forum to complain about this trail’s use. This: "If all the people out there actually LOVED the wilderness, we wouldn't see cut switchbacks...etc" Excellent point. The myth of the natural leads people to consume wild spaces more and more. Making sure that *anyone* has access to wild lands does not require ensuring *everyone* has access (and not all the time). 1.) We hiked up to colchuck yesterday, 11/24. Now we seem to have "amazonified" hiking in which the masses open an app and 'scroll down' to receive step by step directions, details of bugs and even ratings so you can enjoy your "best" experience. Jun 13, 2020 01:57 PM. Jun 13, 2020 08:12 PM. 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. I brought spikes but didn't need them even at the top. The stuff that gets them that content? on Jun 15, 2020 02:22 PM. Colchuck Lake is a beautiful, aquamarine lake. on Here is a link to the hike and it gives a very good description of what to expect. 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." 13. Colchuck Lake is truly a gem of a day hike. Jun 13, 2020 01:51 PM. Jun 19, 2020 10:58 PM. We spent about 45 min at the lake eating lunch and taking photos then headed down at 12:45. Testudo montana I don't believe that is really true. Roads are paid for with public funds, but we you still have to pass an exam before you hop behind the wheel. The people swamping trails? Colchuck Lake is breathtaking! on Overview of Colchuck Lake via WTA.org; Get turn-by-turn driving directions to the trailhead via Google Maps; Bring plenty of water. The crowds in the front-country are inevitable. Now it looks like a good one to miss! Crowds can be fun, sure, but they also bring in the lowest common denominator in greater numbers. 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. How about: they divide the area up into even more zones, and you have to provide an itinerary of the zones you'll, in the correct sequence from entry point to intermediate destinations and exit point, even for day permits? I find my happiness in doing the most I possibly can to help slow the spread of a deadly virus. Neither can accomplish anything, if the solution (more access, more hikers) is the foundation on which those discussions happen. Douglas S. Squirrel But fear not, it's totally doable. If you look across the lake to the other side, you can see the Aasgard Pass and Dragontail Peak. With stairs. Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. You don't want to go down that road in the dark. 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. Road up to Colchuck/Stuart/Eightmile trailhead is gated as of yesterday 11/5. The roundtrip covers 7.7 mi (12.39 km) with an elevation of 2,300 ft (701.04 m). Be sure to check your gas gauge before you head up there. on 2.) 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. Dogs are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area. ricola Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. You have a different appreciation for a place when you've invested sweat in. The lake was partly frozen and very beautiful with the snowy mountains around it. The first time you round the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience. I know it's not an easy solution to contemplate, since the slashing of public expenditures has trapped DNR and USFS in a fee-for-service model for funding; but I can't think of anything more important to hiking (much less the state of Washington's most beautiful places) than directly confronting that catch-22. Whatever it takes, hiking "community." Agreed. Sir-Hikes-A-Lot on These are all of our public lands, and we need to provide for all kinds of people to use them, lightly for sure, but perhaps in large numbers. Camping at Colchuck Lake. Jun 13, 2020 12:58 PM. A tad over 9 would be more accurate and we didn't hike to the other side of the lake by Aasgard pass. Colchuck Lake; Got up to the lot around 9am. Jun 15, 2020 07:05 PM. The hares, the ptarmigans, the pikas, the goats, and the squirrels all deserve a few weeks of peace and quiet. And thumbs up for illegal parking. 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. Or - even worse - crack their Pixel and be unable to snap a selfie. We did this as a day hike. Just reminded me how quickly the weather can change out there! Here's what entitled sounds like: "I went to the Stuart Lake Trailhead. Help me understand where you're at. Colchuck Lake is one of the gateways into the Enchantments. Long and Kathy Long made the first recorde… Tmber.com narrates a hike up to spectacular Colchuck Lake near Leavenworth, Washington. Roundtrip: 8.4 miles. Jun 13, 2020 01:44 PM, Yep, people want to enjoy nature and fresh air. Scratch_That_Hiking_Itch Finally hitting the lake, our group found the perfect lunch spot overlooking Dragontail Peak, Aasgard Pass and Colchuck Glacier/Peak. Wall it off below Eight Mile. Solo hike to Colchuck. on The argument has always been: if we let people use these lands, they will protect them. First, don't hike them.There are trails that are rarely hiked and could use a few more boots. I'd want an application that has to be filled out just right, with information that takes a bit of homework you have to have done in advance. I'm a little mammal with big ideas. 100% agreed, though, that the forces driving the situation I describe are formidable. on 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. No snow yet! Douglas S. Squirrel cuz I'm tired of doing it, Muledeer In fact, it's on more than ever - we've done a great job spreading coronavirus. on We started hiking at 8:40am and reached the lake by noon. Hiking to Colchuck Lake. 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. I don't recall saying I'm OK with vacation homes. 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. ", Douglas S. Squirrel And all this is within relatively easy reach. From the lake you can view Aasgard Pass which is for more serious hikers/backpackers to enter the Enchantments and that have received a pass to camp overnight. 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