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snowshoeing
10 days ago

Snowshoeing up the forest road towards the trailhead

19 days ago

I hiked Colchuck about 5 months ago, let me tell you it is so worth it! Going up was a breeze to me and the views on the way up was beautiful! But going down? I thought I was gonna die. My knees man, my knees never in my life had been in that much pain! I really only have myself to blame because I'm an average Jane who got invited to go less than a week prior without knowing where I was exactly going. So if you are like me in skill, train yourself and get good shoes before going on this one as it can be steep.

Tried to visit this trail today (12/29) but the forest road that leads to the trailhead was closed. Not sure if the closure is for the winter season or temporary. If you add the length of the closed road to the trail, it would probably add 4 miles or so round trip.

backpacking
closed
icy
scramble
snow
26 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails! My husband and I got engaged at the lake and then a year later hiked up our wedding attire to celebrate our marriage! I highly recommend going early because the parking lot fills fast! The trail has a good incline most of the way up with a few flat sections. The last 0.5 mile has rocks to hike through. Great workout and hike!

hiking
flooded
icy
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

This trail kicked my a**! There is another trail that is very similar to this on All Trails & it is rated as Hard, as this one should also be. There is no way this is a moderate trek, plenty of slippery rocks to scramble, Ice & snow, and step vert at the switchbacks. Getting up to Malachite at the junction is also a challenge as there is lots of step slippery rock. I’m sure this would be easier in the drier seasons, but in the winter this is a solid challenge, even for a somewhat seasoned hiker. Still, a great day and felt accomplished to finish! 7/10.

hiking
1 month ago

It is VERY hard to find this trailhead. It is not well-marked. We ended up hiking up a road for almost 2 miles trying to find the trailhead and finally found someone and asked. The trail is not super well-kept, and the parking is limited. The view and lake is worth seeing, but definitely pay hard attention to trail markers.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

Great Trail, just did it today, there was a lady by the name of Amanda that really helped us with the hike and snow, she lent her walking sticks if you do read this message please email me, we have your sticks ,gate was closed and hike from the bottom took us 7 hours, it was very icy and cold in places and a lot of snow, recommend spikes, and plenty breathable clothing.awesom hike with spectacular views.

hiking
1 month ago

Colchuck Lake trail is rated as a more difficult hike, and yes, it does break a sweat! However, the exercise is exhilarating, the trail is gorgeous, and the view of the lake is so breathtaking that any step uphill and over jutting rocks and roots is worth it. The trail to Colchuck Lake winds through impressive boulders and follows the bustling Mountaineer Creek, of which you can get a great view of from a sturdy built log bridge. In the spring and summer months, there are vivid wildflowers and some hikers are lucky enough to find wild huckleberries. At the breach of Fall, the foliage of the forest floor is delicately painted with warm hues of yellow, orange, and red. When not so near to the creek, there is a peaceful silence on the trail that allows one to enjoy and really take in the scenery around them. As far as wildlife, a hiker will likely glance many whistling birds that travel from tree to tree, the scurry of chipmunks and squirrels, and there is a very good chance that they will spot a mountain goat or two when close to the lake. I loved this hike so much I featured it on my blog here! outdoors-explored.com

It was sunny today but very icy. Especially the road to the trail head. Hike itself was beautiful. A little tricky going across the river but otherwise not to bad. Prefer less trafficked hikes.

Sunny day on Thanksgiving, road to parking lot is a bit icy but a 4 wheel drive handles it well. Going to the waterfall is pretty easy, not steep, and the view is great at the river crossing, waterfall view is not bad. Some snow on trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike 11/23- trail well maintained, some trees down and icy areas. As mentioned below the second bridge leading to the boulders, as well as the boulders were covered in frost/icy so proceed with caution (luckily it was sunny so on the way down it had all melted). Fairly easy trail, increasing incline at the end not all that bad.

Hiked in on Nov 20th. The trail was in great condition. You start to get some snow patches as you get closer to 5000 feet but no ice. I spent 2 nights out at the lake, it was beautiful but cold! Day hiked up Aasgard Pass and had really good conditions. Didn't need crampons but definitely microspikes. I was able to safely ascend and descend the same route. Enjoyed the sunlight on the summit for awhile before returning back to camp. Hiked out early on the Nov 23rd. As stated in the previous review, the bridge crossing just after the stuart/colchuck trail split is frosted up and the boulders were very slippery on my hike out. I imagine with the temperatures now it will probably stay that way so be careful.

hiking
icy
1 month ago

on Colchuck Lake Trail

1 month ago

Hiked up to Colchuck Lake on 11/23. The USFS road is a wretched mess - go slow if you have a small car. I got to the trailhead at 8:30am and there was plenty of parking. There’s no fee since permit season is over. No restroom access, as others have noted. The trail was in great shape. The only section that is tricky is after the big(gest) bridge, where you have to traverse boulders that are bridging the gap over the river. It’s super cold up there now and the boulders were covered in frost, as was the bridge. Nearly killed myself (not really) but made it over. Don’t underestimate the slipperiness of those rocks. There’s a section of the trail where many trees are blown down (not on the trail itself) and the trees still standing were groaning and shrieking in the wind today. Spooky and also cool. The lake is frozen because it’s wicked cold at the top. No mountain goats were seen. Beautiful day for a stroll in the ALW.

hiking
icy
1 month ago

Great hike! The road to the trailhead was open still, but not in good condition. No fees to park. Trail was in good shape, with some ice in a couple places, especially by the first bridge, as noted below. The lake was mostly frozen and really beautiful. We went around the lake and started up Aasgard Pass. The going there was slow due to ice and snow on the boulder field, and we turned back when we were 1/3 of the way up due to fading daylight. The Pass is still negotiable though if you get an early start. Microspikes very helpful for the Pass; not needed on the trail up to Colchuck.

hiking
bridge out
flooded
muddy
washed out
2 months ago

Seems like a cool trail but it was super wet when I was there. The trail was basically a stream. I walked up about 20 minutes and came to a major torrent about 50 feet wide across the trail. It was quite steep and would have swept my dogs and I down the mountain. I didn’t attempt to cross and turned back.

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