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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 3, 2021
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Es muy lindo y quiero regresar ahí pero alíen save si ya está abierto

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 27, 2021
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Absolutely amazing great views

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 24, 2021
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trail is hard packed all the way to the lake. no snowshoes needed if you're just visiting the lake. hurry up and check it out before it snows over the trail!

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Brandi Pollick reviewed Colchuck Lake via Stuart Lake Trail
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HikingBugs

I did this hike in July 2020 (as part of the Enchantments 23.6 miles from trailhead to trailhead). I hit the start of this at 3:30 in the am, so most of my hike was done in the dark with headlamps. The incline is challenging and walking poles are helpful. Also, at this time of year the mosquitos were relentless - even with bug spray. I recommend a face net. Once you get to the lake, the views are outstanding. I was a bit discouraged with the amount of human waste and evidence of people (as you near the lake and overnight backpackers). I will do this one again for sure but in daylight.

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Bonnie Coccagna reviewed Timberline Trail Around Mount Hood
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 8, 2021
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nice

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 30, 2020
HikingIcySnow

Started from Icicle Creek Road and headed on up to Colchuck Lake via the 'winter route' which adds 8 miles! Conditions were good and the snow was packed enough to need only micro-spikes for the way up. The snow covered everything and the environment was so different compared to my previous two hikes up Colchuck this past summer. I was really looking forward to seeing Colchuck Lake, with its green coloring, against the snowy backdrop, but alas, that was not to be. The lake was completely snow covered, frozen and arctic-like. Different, but still very beautiful and quiet. Adding the extra 8 miles was quite an undertaking while racing the daylight down. We ended up snowshoeing down with the last 6 miles in the dark with the moon illuminating the snow here and there. It was COLD! Looking forward to hiking this again next summer!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 30, 2020
SnowshoeingIcySnow

Took the "winter route" from Icicle Creek Road up to Colchuck Lake which adds 8 miles.  Conditions were good - no wind, no precip, decent visibility - could see all the peaks but clouds obfuscated the sun.  The road in was paced, compact snow and ice but manageable for most cars, even 2 wheel drive - however, I expect after last night's storms road and route condition have already changed drastically, as Blewett and Snoqualmie pass both had a lot of snow as we drove home. The entire trail was already broken in and had a decent bootpack. The scenery was an absolutely gorgeous winter wonderland.  We had the place to ourselves most of the day until a trio of snowshoes passed us by on the way to the lake, turning around however as they were at their turnaround point.  We plowed on determined to see the lake, and upon creating the final ridge and finding a good spot with a view, we were greeted by a frozen lake covered in snow.  Truly beautiful.  We opted to don our snowshoes for the route down and used them all the way to Icicle creek.  It was amazing to have the trail and lake to ourselves - quite the opposite of the other seasons.  A magical day. 17 miles, 3850 feet of gain. Total time 11 hours C2C.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 29, 2020
HikingGreat!IcySnow

iked Mount Ellinor via the upper trailhead and the winter route up today, and the summer route down in beautiful bluebird conditions! Road Beta: Snow free to lower TH. Past this, there is snow and ice as the road appears to be in the shade most of the day. If you have a decent 4X4/AWD, don't let this deter you. The road becomes bare and very drivable. I went past the TH to Washington, and the hairpin turn to the upper TH prior to turning around as my hiking partner did not like the road conditions. Initially, past the hairpin turn, it looked dicey, but becomes bare and wet for at least half the road. You can go about 3/4 of the way in a decent, high clearance, AWD, 4WD - I saw at the top trailhead, a 3rd Gen 4Runner and built Toyota Tacoma pickup. The last pic shows the road condition just below the upper TH. You will need a high clearance, lifted vehicle to make it. A Subaru with MaxxBoards was parked about 3/4 of the way up the road, and a Honda Pilot reversed down the road as I never saw it parked. The center snow pile is difficult to clear. If you drive vehicles similar to those in the last pic, you can make it all the way up. Otherwise, you can park about 3/4 of the way up in a usual good trail car. The road was frozen and slick in the AM, and a Ford Pickup was in the ditch past the lower TH. Drive beware. The winter route is in super condition. Cold, frozen, icy and packed. We saw many post holes from a prior day - must have been a calorie, thigh-burning, suffer-fest. The snow was icy, crunchy, and solid with proper traction. We opted for summer climbing boots and 12 points. Made the way up much more manageable, much like driving up in our 4X4 rig with no slippage. We used poles all the way up. Carried axes and some MSR snowshoes just for extra weight. Some folks had microspikes, some shared a single pair, saw some cool short snowshoes, and one or two somehow scrambling up in only boots. Honestly, I am shocked, amazed, and impressed at how some people get up, but they do. I slip and slide on most things - forget about ice and snow, I find wet dirt, rocks, and logs a hazard to my joints, knees, and face when I plant, so I am overly aggressive on my traction. My advice - aggressive microspikes and poles at a minimum. Do wear gaiters for the occasional posthole or tree well. The summer route had a single summit when we got to the top, and about 5 of us took the route down. Easy plunge stepping down. Good tracks and boot steps were left, and about 6 people were on the way up as we descended, so I expect both routes prior to new snowfall will be in very good condition - very firm bootpack.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 24, 2020
HikingClosed

Although this trail is one of my favorite hikes, the road was closed for the winter when you first turn off of Icicle Rd.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 29, 2020
HikingGreat!

Awesome

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 16, 2020
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At the time in august it was perfect, the trail condition was a great intro to what is now what I consider my favorite alpine forest I’ve hiked into since being in Washington.

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Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarNovember 13, 2020
HikingClosed

Sadly Forest Road 7601 was closed when we tried to go today (11/12) may be closed for the season.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 12, 2020
HikingGreat!IcyRocky

Not an easy one, definitely helps to be somewhat physically fit. Elevation gain made me a little lightheaded going up but it wasn’t too bad. Started at 11am and got back to the car around 6pm. I went 11/8 and had nanospikes which helped tremendously. Trail is in decent condition though, very rocky and icy at some points. I used one hiking pole which with the spikes made the hike a lot better. Layer up and bring a hat/gloves as it gets pretty chilly on top. Looking forward to go again in the summer.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 11, 2020
HikingIcy

Cold, wear layers of sweaters. Slippery due to ice patches throughout the trail. Saw many people fall, good hiking shoes recommended. The view of the lake is definitely worth it. Challenging, but like I said totally worth the struggle uphill. Start early to finish before dark.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 10, 2020
HikingIcy

Hiked on 11/8. Many layers and gloves highly recommended. The top gets pretty chilly, especially with cloud cover. Many parts of the trail were slick with ice. I slipped multiple times, even as a self-proclaimed avid hiker. Poles and spikes are not NEEDED, but probably helpful in some sections. Otherwise, just take it slow. Views are incredible!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 10, 2020
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Went Nov 1st. Good hiking boots helped and for me micro spikes were not needed. Cold, so multi layers help. Please remember there are people with different skill levels and athletic ability. Some people enjoy a fast hike and some slow. Some people are looking down at the trail so as not to fall and don’t see an oncoming hiker until you are 5 ft away from each other. Many people going uphill welcome the opportunity to pause and let a downhill person go first. So don’t get your panties in a twist just because the uphill hiker doesn’t always pass first. Also many parts of the trail are wide so no one needs to stop at all. Enjoy the scenery and stop bitchin ladies!

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Sudheer Kutcharlapati reviewed Colchuck Lake via Stuart Lake Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 9, 2020
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Views are spectacular!!!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 8, 2020
HikingGreat!Icy

Hiked this on 11/8 with a group of athletic 20-somethings. The trail was in good condition but icy for the last 1-1.5 miles to the top. We didn't wear our spikes but had them with us. It was a good, hard hike, but nothing crazy – we took maybe 2:15 or so on the way up and flew down in 1:45 or so after the technical icy bits toward the top. Totally worth it and the grey jays were adorable all the way up (but don't feed them, it's not good for the birds)!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 8, 2020
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great views! not a lot of people! road is in good shape (but last turn off road closed for the season tomorrow 11/9), no snow or ice, yes to potholes but not too deep. trail has slippery frost and ice near the top and spikes were great. recommend attempts at proper hiking footwear and winter clothing (crazy what i saw today...) and dont act like you’re late late to an important date (seriously self centered, rude, and dangerous); right of way goes to those going uphill.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 8, 2020
HikingGreat!

Hiked 11/7. First of all - the gate to the trailhead closes on Monday 11/9 so if you don’t want to walk up the road and add those miles to an already difficult hike - this Sunday is your last chance! I was stoked to hike to see Colchuck for myself and I dragged my family members with me. This is by far the hardest hike I ever did. Today’s conditions were mostly fine with patches of ice and slippery surfaces that I slipped on and saw numerous people slip on. It wasn’t such that you need microspikes but poles were helpful. I honestly felt great on the way up - perhaps the adrenaline of seeing the lake. However, the way back was difficult for me. On both my joints and my mind. I really started to struggle towards the end. It’s about 9 miles and I’ve never hiked with this significant elevation change. On one hand, I would say if you’re a beginner, if you go in the summer you can definitely do it. Just take your time. Start early. Use poles. If you’re kind of in the middle like me, you’ll also be fine! I was scared based on the hard rating and other people’s stories but it was easier than I actually thought. Check out my photos IG @ nimitpatel_ www.nimitpatel.com

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 8, 2020
HikingGreat!Icy

Hiked 11/7. No snow on trail until the very end and even then, it was just a trace. But the steepest sections at the end was icy. Didn’t need spikes but poles were pretty critical on way down in this section. Be sure to pack extra layers for the lake. It’s much colder than trailhead. (Seems obvious but we noticed many others were a bit under prepared). As stated below, road to trailhead closes on 11/9, and would add 8 (boring) miles to the total.

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Sainyam Kapoor reviewed Colchuck Lake via Stuart Lake Trail
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