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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!

Love this hike. We got to complete the whole hike to the top before the fire in 2017.

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rocky
6 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!

walking
8 days ago

A beautiful hike!

Closed due to government shutdown...

Great time with my brother! The driving path was closed about a half mile from the start of the hike so we parked at the sign and hiked, finding downed trees and giant puddles in the driving path so definitely heed the warning if you see the sign. There was a small brook where we could fill our bottles too. It was an awesome experience and would definitely recommend.
Here’s a video of our trip.
https://youtu.be/pLdjsKbhPnc

This was a trail that was totally worth the view at the top. All paved trail that has a steady and tough incline the whole way. The view from the observatory at the top is great. 360° view of the mountains that is very photo worthy. The most challenging part of this trail is parking. It is an absolute nightmare. Narrow two-lane road with cars inventively parked on both sides and a line of cars that goes halfway to Gatlinburg.

Amazing Waterfall

great waterfall right off the road

This was the first place we stopped on our road trip to Oregon, the trail was closed because of the fires in 2017 but the falls themselves were absolutely gorgeous! definitely a lot of people there and you really have to wait to get on the bridge but it was worth it!

Nice range of inclines. Roller coaster hills make it “uphill both ways”. You can make this trail a really rigorous hike or at a slow pace still gives a good legs (and heart) workout. Nice range of pine and deciduous, and vistas. Now if they could just relocate Logan airport (flight noise) and Rte 128 it would be perfect.

Very fun trail - mostly in the woods with a lot of ups and downs. The view at the end is great, and is an awesome picnic spot.

This trail is great for kids. My 5 year old is very small, only 28 pounds, and had never hiked before. She did the entire trail on her own. The views at the end are beautiful!!

This is a nice trail with some decent views. It’s good for a day hike if you live nearby. Lots of people, though and not enough parking for the amount of people. Trails are well marked- you definitely won’t get lost.

Beautiful hike

hiking
17 days ago

The trail is moderate in sections but strenuous to Blood Mountain down to Neels Gap. From Neels Gap.up thru UNICOI to Plum Orchard Gap same type of terrain,but is all WORTH IT.

trail running
20 days ago

Rugged challenging traverse, akin to some trails you might find in the Whites

Very rocky terrain which slows you down...but a fun challenge. Up and down throughout the whole hike. Hiking poles and good boots are helpful. View is gorgeous and has a few spots for a hammock if you bring one along.

AN ABSOLUTE MUST SEE!!! Has to be one of the most beautiful places on this planet. Steep, but my kids were able to do it just fine.

Way too many people here to enjoy the water falls base. But the higher you go up the fewer people there are and the view improves too. Since the fire happened the trees are thinner allowing you to see more of the river and the far side of the river. I love Multnomah Falls but I wish it was less accessible to Instagram model wannabes.

hiking
22 days ago

Great spot off the road. Came after some big rains in the area, so the falls were flowing big time.

Gorgeous views

one of the best hikes ive been on in a while.

Completed this hike on a warm day in late December. There are two options in winter, the trail and the road.

I attempted the trail however the ice made it impossible without crampons. Taking the road is a very nice route although it adds some milage. 5 miles one way and 10 miles round trip taking the road.

Pack an extra layer for the top. Prepare for some wind and exposure. All in all its a very nice and beautiful hike.

Amazing hike. Challenging but I wouldn't say hard. Parking is very limited so try to get in early. Pretty rocky but manageable.

Challenging and fun.

Wait for a clear day and go early to make sure you get a parking spot.

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.

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