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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!

Insane views. semi-steep with the occasional patch of snow approaching the lake.

This was a thrilling and energizing hike. Wasn't too sure how to pack for this hike, (ie. Snowshoes, yaktrax, or micro spikes), but I packed my yaktraxs, and was glad I did. The last 1/4 mile was covered in packed snow. You can get away with good hiking boots alone, but the extra traction helps with the slippery accent and decent. The frozen lake was a great site, but even more amazing was all the avalanches occurring across the lake. We started our hike at 1:30 pm, and reached the lake at 4:10. We were back down at 6:45 pm. Head lamps were a must, and very much used. It was exciting to hike back down in the cover of night, and moonlight.

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rocky
5 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!

Hiked up about 1.5 hours at a slow pace and did not quite make it to the lake. Trail was in good condition; wet and rainy but no snow or ice. Saw other hikers both solo and in groups. Seems well trafficked for a Thursday and therefore great for the solo hiker! Lots of parking (2:00pm Thursday). Bring Northwest Forest Pass. Bathrooms still closed. Beautiful hike!

We hiked on 1/12/19. Clear trail most of the way with slick rocks and compacted snow near the top. We managed with athletic shoes, but more traction is highly recommended. Much colder and windy at the lake, but beautiful. High foot traffic. Bathroom is locked due to the government shutdown...

Beautiful trail, we hiked it on Jan 9. Majority of hike has slushy snow on it - it rained the night before which made some of the spots fairly slick. Decent amount of steps as well as occasional rocks. Microspikes encouraged. Beautiful lake - we had it all to ourselves!

hiking
12 days ago

Hard to say the actual length of trail as there are loops and tunnels leading off the main trail. We parked at a car at the top and bottom and walked all the way down from the top. Beautiful and full of history, much of the trail buries old track. Neat experience for sure

on Sauk Mountain Trail

hiking
17 days ago

Did this with my buddy Alex on New Years Morning. We were only able to get about 3 miles from the trail head due to snow on the dirt road path. The snow shoeing was amazing, and the views were incredible. We were unable to actually do the 1.5 summit because of the snow conditions, but would love to go back with some more equipment to finish the hike.

Did this Jan 2, 2019. Beautiful views! I’d say there’s not snow until 2/3 of the way up? Maybe 3/4? Not a lot but enough that micro spikes made life 1000% easier. Would be tricky to do without, especially coming down - the snow is packed down enough on the trail that it’s quite slick and you’d be sliding down. The lake was very pretty and the views were lovely the whole way up. I’d say this is moderately difficult, with the last couple miles to the top being quite steep. It’s also closer to 9 miles according to my Strava recording. Took us about 4 hours to do with a snack break at the top.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful setting.

hiking
19 days ago

Completed this a few months ago. Was great.

hiking
19 days ago

MUST DO.

From the East Coast (specifically New Jersey) and this was our first West Coast hike. Wow, wow, wow. The views were insane, the flora was gorgeous, and the temperature was perfect in August! This review is written late, but if you can make the trip, DO IT!

Well maintained trail. Stairs at a lot of places add convenience but feel not belonging there. waterfall first. if you feel you have exhausted less than 30% energy, go for the lake. On 1st Jan, the last one mile had snow requiring microspikes. I did without them but had to struggle a lot. Ample parking space and toilets in parking as well as when you reach lake serene. Mesmerizing view of lake serene from lunch point in winter.

snowshoeing
20 days ago

Came to this gem yesterday, the snow level was down to about 3.5 miles from the trailhead. We snowshoed up to the trailhead and were treated to some great views of the Skagit. Didn’t go past the trailhead but well worth the trouble just to get to the trailhead.

Hiked this on June 24. A little bit of snow near the parking lot but it wasn't a problem even for cars. The only snow on the trail wasn't until the very top, no special equipment was needed. Cool snow cave up there. Definitely going to do it again and hopefully in the exact same conditions. Very refreshing and beautiful views!

Amazing hike. The hike to the waterfall is filled with clear ice so extremely slippery. The lake is beautiful! Try going on a clear day if you can.

go in the winter time.

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!

Fun trail, good climb through the sagebrush! Trekking poles definitely warranted with light snow on the ground. Love the views! Went up Westerberg and down Boy Scout. Can definitely see how Boy Scout is a great choice when it’s warm out. will do again.

this is an easy to moderate hike. there was no snow until 5mins before we got to the lake.

trail in great condition. no snow or mud. weather was sunny.

Hiked 2Dec2018, plenty of snow up there. Recommend poles and micro spikes. Road to the TH gets a little sketchy with snow and ice about 2 miles in. Our friends four wheel drive Jeep Cherokee made it up no problem but we passed a few vehicles pulled off prior to the TH. The trail itself was pretty good. Wasnt difficult at all as there's so many switchbacks that they have a pretty level grade. It's STEEP looking down though and there's a few spots towards the top that were pretty nerve racking for my 13 year old. Once we got near the top thr trail took you to nowhere so we ended up back tracking a little and snowshoeing a new trail but we were unable to make a trail to the summit. Maybe if we didn't have kids we would've tried but thr risk reward wasn't there. Stay to the right at thr trees on the top. The way down was easy except for those few spots I mentioned earlier we kept our snowshoes on. Weather was foggy and cloudy so we didn't get much of a view other than the lake below. Still a beautiful hike, highly recommended.

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.

A fairly challenging hike with one of the most beautiful alpine lakes at the top! Did this one a few years back and remember really loving it.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 11/17 wonderful relatively easy hike with big payoff views. Many hikers were not prepared with traction. mini/micro spikes were needed as most of the trail was iced over. trail head easy off hwy. vault toilet.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked on Saturday (11/24). Road and trail were covered with snow. We parked about 2 miles from the TH and walked up the road. Other cars were able to make it about a mile from the trail head before the snow and ice were too much to continue. The last 200-300 meters before the TH were covered in about a foot of untouched snow. View from the TH was great! Everyone we saw come up after us didn't continue beyond the TH. We continued up the trail, which would be difficult to do without snow shoes and gators/waterproof pants. Without any tracks in front of us and 1 -2 feet of fresh snow, it made for a much tougher hike up. There were points when it was a bit difficult to find the trail and we were definitely glad we had the right gear. Great views all the way up!

This is a great hike. There was Snow in the last .5 miles, but the trail is still easy to follow. There are not too many views before the top, and the Falls always underwhelm me, but Lake Serene is just beautiful, and the tall cliffs that surround it are so magnificent. The sound of snow cascading off the cliffs sound like thunder.
It is a hard hike, but worth the effort. My only reason for the 4 star is because it is a very popular hike.

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