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4 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.

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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11 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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icy
11 days ago

on Colchuck Lake Trail

12 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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icy
12 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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16 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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rocky
18 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
18 days ago

Great trail, very very rainy in mid November.

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icy
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snow
22 days 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!

The trail doesn’t have snow yet, this hike was 8.5 miles RT.

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muddy
25 days ago

Worth your time. Trail conditions are still good. If the hard rating is off putting, don’t let it be. I would say it’s a little more on the moderate scale

An absolutely beautiful trail from beginning to end. Trail conditions are still great with very few patches of ice that are easy to avoid. Do not be put off by the ‘hard’ rating as it’s definitely on the ‘easier’ side of that category. The real incline only lasts for 10-20 minutes near the end of the hike and then you are rewarded with the some of the most beautiful shades of blue ever seen in a lake. Follow AllTrails to the end and you will find yourself in a private alcove most people don’t seem to know about!

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rocky
26 days ago

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27 days ago

What a gorgeous day we had! It was a bit chilly when we started out from the trailhead at 8:45am. However, there was no ice or snow on the road or parking lot. The hike begins at a gradual incline for the first one and a half miles, gently weaving you along through the forest. Then as you cross a log bridge, the trail steepens a bit, but not to bad. It's a nice warm up for what's to come. At the Colchuck and Stuart Lake junction, take the trail to the left and cross over another log bridge and some frosty, slippery boulders. Please use caution here as you cross. Continue to the right along the stream and enjoy a brief respite for now your climb begins! The last half mile is the toughest but totally doable. There was a little ice on the trail, but it could be avoided without traction. However, I always carry traction with me just in case. Always be prepared for the unexpected! As of Tuesday, there was no snow on the trail. Now, as you climb, enjoy the views and the big granite boulders. When you think you are almost there, a false ridge appears and you see another ridge beyond which you must climb. However, when you finally see the dark aqua blue waters of Colchuck Lake, it's worth it!

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rocky
29 days ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Views at the lake are so worth the work out to get there! Moderate to difficult hike. No snow as of yesterday. Poles helped for stability. High temp for the day was 50 and we delayered very quick due to sweating. Whether you plan on hiking colchuck or Stuart lake trails, make the left turn with the sign saying “<—- Stuart lake trail”. SUV/AWD/good tires recommended due to rough road. Pass the parking for eight mile trail and go a little further for Stuart/colchuck lake trails parking. With multiple breaks and chilling at the lake for about an hour, it took us over 5 hours total. **** my boyfriend has a herniated disc and he did just fine (with the help of Advil). *** pack plenty of water and snacks and don’t forget to pack a beer to drink at the lake!

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