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This hike has a pretty moderate incline and as a medium level hiker it wasn't too much of a challenge. I thought because of the mileage it might be a bit of a process for me but surprisingly it went smoothly. There are so many beautiful places to take breaks along the trail. There are many creeks, small waterfalls and beautiful trees and greenery along the trail. Honestly, this hike is so worth it. When you finally get to the top its just incredible. The color of Colchuck is hypnotizing. It is a tranquil teal blue and the ice caps and glaciers nearby on Asgard are pretty cool to check out as well. It is such a great place for photographs. An amazing hike for anyone in my opinion!

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rocky
2 days ago

I did this hike in August 2018. I would recommend starting on this trail in the morning. During the summer there are lots of insects, so bring some repellent. Trail starts out easy, relatively flat, and becomes more difficult as you go. You’ll come across two beautiful bridges, go over some boulders, and climb vertically near the end. The views along the hike are beautiful, and lots of water to be seen. Once you reach the top - the blue alpine water view will take your breath away. Sat and soaked my feet for a bit and enjoyed the view. Some went swimming, although not for long. I clocked about 9.5 miles round trip, rather than the 7.7 listed. I wish I had brought a hiking stick, though!

I did this back in October. What an absolutely incredible hike. However, I throughly suggest doing this is two days. We were insane and did it in 1 day and it absolutely kicked our butt. The beginning is a little slow and repetitive as far as scenery goes but the second half really takes you uphill quite a bit. There is a solid stretch on the uphill to the top where the trail is hardly marked at all (only Little Rock stacks) and it is a very loose rockface you have to scramble up. Be prepared for rocks to fall and take your time going up it. It’s a little longer than this app says, too. My Fitbit clocked us at about 23 miles by the time it was said and done.

Completed 11-19
Hardest hike I’ve done yet, but the lake was incredible. We tried to do Aasgard but ended up going up the glacier.

Backpacked this on November 7th, 2018.. And wow. This was my second time on the lake, but the first in the winter months! It was amazing. There was an average depth of six inches of snow at the time it seemed. We attempted Aasgard Pass but were conquered by it, as conditions got a little too hairy and technical for us.

For more information on this hike and trail, check out the video I made on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5viPNT-bk7A

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment! Subscribe to the channel if you’d like as well. This video should give you a great idea of the hike up to Colchuck Lake.

Clean trail, met nice hikers (some thru) on the way up. Very fun, worth every step. We had a bit of a walk from our car to the trailhead as the parking lot filled up early; this trail is extremely popular, especially in the summer months. Hard on your knees coming down- I highly reccomend poles and bug spray. The trail is very worn in some areas, with lots of rock and root. We saw a few mountain goats going up that were quite easily startled away. Sweeping views surprise you in spots on the way up. Flurries at the lake on a clear day in June, bring layers and snacks!

First snow hike of the season!

walking
1 month ago

So cool!

easy with a great view

hiking
1 month ago

Can't get any better than this lake! Gravel road for a few miles before getting to the parking lot. Be prepared for a bumpy road. Come very early coz parking lot gets really full. We got there by 730am and lot was almost full.

Wow!! That will be the reaction of 99.99% of people who do this hike, the other .01% are most likely crazy people. The magical, towering mountains around this mountain lake are simply breathtaking. It was a cold day with ice and a little snow in the higher elevations of the trail. The lake isn’t frozen over yet and the water still shows the bright blue color it’s known for. We clicked it at 8 miles round trip. Took us about 3 hrs up and 2 hrs back down. There is a few spots with fallen trees that you will need to go over or under. But overall the trail is very well maintained and easy to navigate.

hiking
2 months ago

Really beautiful hike around this time of the year, this hike offers some of the best views Washington trails has to offer. The lake is starting to freeze up and theres lots of snow and black ice once you start getting to higher elevations so be cautious! I would say this trail falls more on the moderate side than hard, it took us 3 hours to get to the top and 2 hours going back down. Would recommend this hike for everyone!

The only reason I am taking a star off is the lack of signs this trail has. Towards the end my friend and I took a major detour because there were fallen trees and the trail was hidden with snow. We found the lake though! So worth the hike we did it round trip in 4 hours and a half. Very icy towards the end so be careful.

hiking
2 months ago

My friend and I, who I'd classify as novice hikers, were able to complete this hike in 7 hours. It took us 4.5 hours up and 2.5 hours down.

We went on Nov. 2nd the conditions were muddy at most. No ice on the trail that we experienced.

There are some seriously beautiful viewpoints on the way up and was well worth it at the end. Unfortunately it was cloudy and rainy so we hope to go back again in the summer to see it all again.

We persevered but I wouldn't recommend this to someone who is totally inexperienced. It was very hard for us. However, a great hike for any seasoned hiker.

In addition, we both recorded approximately 10 miles, not the the listed 7.7 miles.

backpacking
2 months ago

Went backpacking with my daughter, her 1st trip and it was a perfect blend of difficulty and reward. At the top of Ingalls pass,we did get confused on how tondrop down into headlight basin as there were branches placed blocking what looked like the obvious way down, but after a bit of a scramble we made it. plenty of creeks for water. Recommend scrambling up to the lake from the basin (counterclockwise) as there were hardly any people. once we got to the lake there were himers who took the clockwise trail to the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in my life! The trail is tough but not as hard as some other hikes I’ve done. The views at the top are absolutely worth it, take a day trip and go here. You won’t be disappointed! Also, lots of Chipmunks!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail for the 2nd time yesterday. And as always it was awesome. Trail was dry, had mud in spots but nothing to worry about. Brought a fishing pole up and managed to catch a few rainbow trout. All in all it was a great hike, ass kicker for sure. But worth every bit of it!

Hiked up today, there was a fair amount of snow & ice on the trail, but still manageable without any equipment or microspikes. Beautiful views ! I’d read peoples recommendations about high clearance vehicles but I drove to the trailhead just fine in a regular car, so don’t let that deter you.

Seemed further than the 7 miles listed. Hiked the trail 10/29/18 very went and muddy with quite a bit of snow and ice halfway up. Views were well worth the pain in the butt.

hiking
2 months ago

Rain at the TH turned into a blizzard at higher elevations, covering the trail. Got as far as the ridge then turned back for safety. Still a fun experience and beautiful view even through the precipitation.

This isn’t really a hike. Yes there’s a trail but all the ones people are talking about aren’t official trails and have resulted in multiple deaths over the years as they aren’t maintained/are very worn away. The falls are beautiful and worth driving to/checking out...but don’t expect a hike and realize if you hike down to the water or behind the falls that you are off trail. This area really needs more rangers/officials to stop all the illegal activity.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a moderate hike for the most part, the last 0.75 mile is mostly just navigating through giant boulders and are harder than I was prepared for. Them cairns are a lifesaver if you navigate without a trail map. The lake in itself is gorgeous, Ingalls peak as backdrop is what makes it so much better. I took the short and steep route on my way to and from. Got lost like five times on the way back, would highly recommend a trail map for this one. Took me 6hrs RT. 3.5 hrs to get to the lake and 2.5 hrs (and I forcefully slowed down on my way back to spare my knee a day of recovery). I somehow missed the goats. But other hikers mentioned there were 7 of them. If you can peel your eyes away from the trail, Mt Stuart is just such a stunner. Definitely gonna go back on a summer day.

Also, the drive along teenaway road was just out of the world this fall!

hiking
2 months ago

generally: moderate hike a few hours from seattle with varied lansdcape with mountain views and gorgeous alpine lake at the end
trailhead: road unpaved from last few miles, doable in any vehicle though, parking at trailhead and along road, decently crowded on a weekend as this is the trailhead for numerous hikes/backpacks
trail: good condition, not overgrown, near lake becomes a bit of a scramble over large rocks/boulders but doable
scenery: gorgeous mountain views on way up, alpine lake at top, backpacking sites before the lake in meadow area; in october amazing larches
saw ~ dozen people,mostly backpackers heading out

I did this hike last summer and even got to swim in the lake. This is a must do trail. I can only imagine how spectacular the thru hike is if you’re one of the lucky ones to win the lottery.

2 months ago

Awesome hike with great views the whole time. The first part is exposed to a view of the mountains, then transitions back into rocky ranges as you make your way towards the lake. Most of the trail is an easy incline and pleasant. The last fourth of the trail to the lake is the most challenging, requiring some scrambling over rocks if you lose the easily lose-able trail. The lake is gorgeous. We went up in about 2.5 hours and down in a little under 2 hours. 5-hour trip total including the stop at the lake. The larches had already turned but still very recommended. The drive to/from Seattle is stunning.

Completed this trail on October 17th. We went for larches and goats and we saw tons of both! The trail is a moderate/hard perfectly graded the entire way! Seriously impressed on the upkeep of this trail. I will be back to do this again. No knee pain or toe crunching on the way down which makes for a perfect hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views all along the hike! The drive there has amazing views on golden larches too. The last part of the road has some potholes - I recommend having a high clearance vehicle.
I would say the hike is more moderate than difficult compared to other difficult hikes.

on Lake Ingalls

3 months ago

Beautiful larches. Left seattle at 5.30am, trailhead at 8.15. 2.5 up. Top for 1 hour. Little over 2 down.

The best hike in Washington

Did this hike in a full day in the middle of October. The fall colors made the landscape even more breathtaking. We went first to Colchuck Lake and it seemed the best way to go for this trek. We started the hike at 8:50 and came back to the car at 18hs (given that we spent about one whole hour just enjoying the view at Colchuck Lake). If you like to take pictures, I would advise to check the time the sun sets behind the mountains so you ensure your great shots at both lakes.

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