dogs on leash
Wenatchee National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in Washington. With an area of 1,735,394 acres (2,711.55 sq mi, or 7,022.89 km²), it extends about 137 miles along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range of Washington, USA from Okanogan National Forest to Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The forest is located in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima counties.
Hiked today with hiking shoes.. Snowshoes not really needed..
Note that the pond is at the beginning of the trail... The remaining trail is a long way to a clearing.. If only interested in the pond.. Take left at the Picnic Area board. The parking is $20 to get the snow pass per day..
We did the complete hike all the way to the clearing to realize the pond wasnt there.. N then came back to the pond.. Was about 4.5 miles total.. But if u only do the pond.. It should be around 1.5 miles... Also we were able to walk on the pond :) :)
This is a terrific hike and has many trail options that get you to the top. I love visiting in rain because I think it adds to the fun. This hake can be done with very little time or you can explore and spend as much time as you like. Plenty of places to stop for a picnic if you want a nice time with friends or family! This is also a great trainer hike for carrying a weighted backpack.
I hiked here a few weeks ago. There was a decent amount of snow, but it was easy running on it with my yak trax. It was my first hike in the enchantments and it was so beautiful. It looked like Narnia. Can't wait to come back and check out other trails.
I did this hike about 4 years ago in the late spring early summer. A difficult hike with breathtaking scenery and lots of mountain goats. We took our time and completed this hike in a few days, enough time to bask in the overwhelming beauty-it's for good reason that this area is called "The Enchantments". While we did encounter several other groups of hikers along the way, the peace and pristine tranquility was in abundance. This is still one of my favorite and most memorable hikes.
Easy trail, more of a nature walk, good for all ages & experiences. Late in the season when snow starts appearing in higher elevations, this is a good choice for those ill equipped for the snow or those who just need to get out on the trail for a bit to recharge. Little elevation and nice scenery, as well as its location, just 20 minutes from Leavenworth, make this trail highly desirable in mid to late fall.
Jennifer B. on Colchuck Lake Trail
Beautiful and challenging. Well maintained and marked.