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16 hours ago

Jump in the water

It was definitely difficult for us but so worth it!

Did this in 2015 with a few friends. Note that coming down to the lower side, having ascended Aasgard Pass, requires some boulder clambering skills, though no extra equipment above a pair of shoes with good grip is required. Outstanding views along the way. Really is a must hike for any fit person in Washington.

Absolutely stunning. Climbed to the summit via DC route from July 15-17 (took a rest day at Camp Muir due to high winds on the upper mountain). Bluebird summit bid, with a few ladder crossings over some deep crevasses. Would love to climb it again! It's definitely a challenge, but if you study the route, are in great physical and mental shape, and are willing to push your limits, there's no doubt you will make it to Columbia Crest!

backpacking
2 months ago

Last June (2017), we decided end our two week long rode trip with a mini backpacking trail, and this is where we ended up! It was definitely not a trail for beginner hikers, as it took me three and a half hours to go up, and then two hours back down. But it sure was worth it! The views were STUNNING! The lakes were perfect and there was just the right amount of snow that it cooled off the heat from the June sun. We hiked to a little ridge to watch the sunset over the Cascades and damn was it beautiful! We just brought out our little tents and camped off the trail a bit and had a great night. Amazing spot to hike in the summer.

backpacking
4 months ago

love it here so much

hiking
4 months ago

What a great trail, started at Sunrise trailhead, cool gray fox in the trail?, the weather change on the way up skyscraper it started with light hail at first then on to snow. By the time we got to the first camp we were in a blizzard so we set up camp for the night to dry out. Next morning the weather did not improve so we hiked back to sunrise , will return in the summer for this one. got lots a great pics.

One of the most beautiful hike.

The enchantments basin is incredible and worth the trip. One of the best hikes in Washington

There are mountain goats in the region that will follow you.

hiking
5 months ago

We went slow and took breaks as needed - it wasn’t as difficult as I expected! The beauty is incredible, both at the top and on the way up. Definitely recommend!

hiking
5 months ago

This place is absolutely beautiful, the hike up is great. I ventured out on the trail at 4 am to get to the lake by first light. this was more than enough time. Hiking times personally were 2 hrs and 45 minutes up and 2 hrs down. Highly recommend this one!

One of the best views I have had in Washington. Love the enchantments.

Amazing hike. The Alpine Lake is something to see. I would say this hike is difficult but worth it

hiking
5 months ago

We went last September and still talk about this hike!! We took it slow and had lunch at the lake. The weather started to turn on the way back down, so we were glad we had layers.

As previously mentioned, FR 4220 is pretty treacherous even in a jeep, but completely doable.

We hiked this trail late October and of it weren't for some previous hikers footprints and the rock stacks, we would have lost the trail entirely in the snow fields. In some areas we would sink up to our hips in the deep snow. Fun!

It's mostly an uphill hike to reach Park Butte, with some flat areas near the base of your final climb, but totally
worth it. Make sure you use the apps trail route to keep yourself on course because it's easy to get lost in the snow and in the burn areas.

backpacking
5 months ago

It has everything! A big waterfall, lots of views of mountain ranges, adventure/ rope ascents&decents, AMAZING COLORS in the late fall! Totally underrated backpacking trip!

hiking
5 months ago

Perfect fall day, still some larches hanging on, no micro spikes needed.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is my favorite out of all the trails I've hiked. I hiked it at 3AM so we could be up at the lake for sunrise and the way up was easy for me. The sunrise reflecting off of the water and lighting up the mountain behind it was beautiful. The way down was an asskicker but that may have been because I was running off of a 30 minute power nap :) I would recommend for any semi-experienced hiker. I saw some kids going up and I knew they would be exhausted by the end. About 3 hours total of hiking for my group but we were moving pretty quick.

hiking
6 months ago

Started at 10AM, Finished at 3PM. Shed layers on the way up and put them back on at Colchuck Lake. Pretty cold up at the top, not a ton of snow on the ground, trails weren't too bad. May get worst with the precipitation coming in soon. Larches looked really cool! Definitely a good hike though.

Winter conditions are moving in. While micros are not necessary, things are freezing up and I would recommend them.

Beautiful time of year, the larches are practically glowing!

hiking
6 months ago

This was so beyond beautiful but way too many people. I left at 6am on Sunday morning and started with atleast 20 others and on the way down we say hundreds of people.

Bring gloves and hiking poles as it's a winter wonderland up top. You wont need snow boots or anything as it's not deep but it's cold so bring warm waterproof hiking shoes too.

Also make sure your car can go up without getting stuck the road is pretty gnarly on the way up. I saw a lot of small compact cars do it tho but I wouldn't do it without a truck or 4wd.

This hike was definitely more fulfilling than my previous hike to Lake Vicente (which was also gorgeous)
It took us about 13 hours to complete while taking several long breaks. It definitely isn’t just 17.9 miles, especially considering you’ll wander around some parts for pictures. Ended up being 22.4 miles total. We started at the Stuart Lake trailhead, so the first 8 miles were very strenuous but also extremely beautiful. After completing the hike, I was glad I didn’t start at the Snow Lakes trailhead, as it is very tedious, long, and not too exciting until you reach the upper enchantments. There were also so many switchbacks and boulder fields on the snow lakes side, it was pretty annoying for me. If I were to do it again, I wouldn’t do it in one day, as it is very strenuous, no matter how fit you think you are. I would also turn around after reaching the upper enchantments after submitting asgaard pass. Asgaard pass has a reputation for a reason by the way. It is a killer! Very steep! Took us about 2 hours to climb it. The views at the top are indescribable though. I truly have no words for how beautiful it is. Lots of beautiful larches at the top as well. There are many helpful cairns throughout the hike, and in some places, you will need to refer to them.

hiking
6 months ago

This was my first ‘harder’ level hike (just got into hiking this year) - it was a good hike - weather was great (early October) - drove over from eastern Washington - got to the trail by 8 am. There were a few cars there already (on a Wednesday) - most I believe were campers. The three mile dirt road was good, took a family car with no issues, just normal bumpy road. You’ll need a parking pass - The trail is well maintained - went early and didn’t see anyone on the way up the trail but saw a lot when I was heading back down. Typically I don’t stay at the end of the trail too long, usually just eat a snack real quick, take some photos and leave, but this one i stayed a lot longer — amazing amazing view - one of the many reasons why Washington state is one of the prettiest states. I might have to do this hike every year now

I am planning to summit Mount Rainier, anybody interested in joining?

I would absolutely not begin this via the ollallie lake trailhead on the PCT via FR 4220 as mentioned below. This road isn't even good for your car even if you have high clearance. The entry into Jefferson Park via that route is, however, quite epic, but you can also risk getting lost in the snow fields if you go to early in the season. So if that happens, hit up Pyramid Butte, because you'll never ever want to be on FR 4220 again so you may as well do it.

At the top of the ridge (Park Butte) you'll have an epic view of a good portion of the state of Oregon. Ollallie Butte, Mt Hood and Mt Adams to the north and a spectacular view of Jefferson to the south as well as the valley that carves southwest from Park Ridge.

The descent is also epic, and the enjoying the crystal clear lakes is also an experience.

Did this one yesterday. Got a late start getting there at 2PM from Seattle; 2.5 hour drive. It don't have an SUV but my car was fine on the gravel road, just watch for potholes. As others have said, this try is at least 9 miles, not 8. It took me about 2.5 hours to complete but I ran parts of it. FYI the top is much colder and windier than the bottom; I was freezing. Bring a decent coat to enjoy the lake. Note that the sun goes behind the mountain at like 4PM so if you want to see the sun on the lake start early. Agree that you need to bring water (not an easy hike) and you should wear hiking shoes because their grip is really good on rocks. Hiking poles help too since elevation gain is 2564 feet. Finally be careful if you are heading back to Seattle at night because the Stephens Pass weather can be tricky. Highly recommend checking the Stephens Pass weather if there is rain nearby and you plan on driving through the pass.

hiking
6 months ago

Wow - just wow! This was an incredible hike! I started from the parking lot around 8am and it was way more enjoyable. I hardly saw any people until I was coming back. The parking lot/road wasn't full yet either which was nice!

A few things to note:
- You have to drive 3.6 miles on a gravel road before you reach the trailhead. I did it in my car just fine but there were definitely some big potholes.
- I clocked it at around 4.7 miles by time I got to Colchuck Lake from the trailhead which meant this hike is really closer to 9.4 miles round trip.
- Don't attempt this hike without proper gear such as hiking boots, water, and food. I was surprised by how many people I saw in Nikes with no water or food at all.... that's dangerous!!!
- Don't feed wild animals. I sat down to eat my sandwich on my way down from the lake and at least 10 birds flew over to me which means they are well-trained.

hiking
6 months ago

If you want a phenomenally beautiful lake hike this is for you. If you want to stand on the peak of a mountain top then this is day one of your adventure. I saw a negative review below that talked about the signage. That is why that person is an irresponsible hiker. She didn't do her homework... not even the basic shhhhh.... stuff. She did not stop at the ranger station in Leavenworth (a 10 minute detour that is well worth the time and might save your life). Before I ever hit the trail I check in at a Forest Ranger Station. and check on trail conditions and seek out warnings. An uninformed and irresponsible hiker gave a negative rating to one of the best trails in the state. I wonder why....

hiking
6 months ago

Perfectly balanced hike as far as challenging and flat areas. The water was a shade of blue I have never seen before!

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