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5 days 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.

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.

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7 days 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.

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14 days ago

I loved this hike so much I featured it on my blog here! https://accordingtomadisonfordblog.wordpress.com/2019/12/03/hiking-in-leavenworth-colchuck-lake-trail/ Feel free to read more about the experience.

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.

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21 days 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.

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21 days ago

on Colchuck Lake Trail

22 days 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.

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22 days 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.

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26 days 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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28 days ago

No fee currently. Restrooms closed. Minor ice by the river (no micro spikes were needed) poles helped for balance. No snow. Mountains reflected beautifully on the crispy green lake. Very cold at the lake. Could see snow in the mountains. Hike measured 9.5 miles.

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muddy
28 days ago

Great trail, very very rainy in mid November.

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1 month ago

The unpaved portion of road isn’t horrible, but there are some very big, deep potholes in some places, especially after turning up FR4934. Low clearance vehicles should go slow, pay close attention, and should be mostly ok. FR4934 isn’t marked, but Google Maps navigated me there fine. Once parked, continue walking up FR4934 for a short bit, then veer left up another old road for awhile before finding a trail on the left marked by a sign with a hiker icon. When the trail joins for Lake Lillian, there is a sign to head right towards Margaret Lake. The switchbacks take you down in elevation and eventually there is compact snow and ice on the trail and then eventually a lot of snow all around, I was surprised by this. Highly recommend micro spikes! The lake was beautiful today! Perfectly still with a gorgeous reflection. Had the whole trail and lake to myself, saw no one else all day. Great hike!

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