hiking
flooded
muddy
snow
1 hour ago

Nice trip up to Rachel and Rampart lakes. Snow was pretty consistent after the last big waterfall. All the lakes were still mostly snow covered. Tracks everywhere as this place is too busy. Passed about 15-20 people on my way out. No bugs. Partner used crampons, snow was soft enough for me.

hiking
5 hours ago

No longer gated and you can park right at the trailhead. Pretty flat trail with a few good views at the end of the lake. We took our time and were out in 5 hours. You can probably do in 3. First time out to Leavenworth and we planned to do Colchuk but got on the wrong trailhead. If that’s you also, make sure you get on the right one!

hiking
11 hours ago

This trail is lovely! If you’re looking for an intense workout this isn’t it but if you’re looking for something flat and easy this is an incredible 4.5 miles. The trail almost entirely runs alongside the river and has multiple bridges of varying sizes you cross - all in great shape. There are great spots along the river to eat a snack and the wildflowers are poppin’ right now! I was there on Thursday and there were only a few people on the trail.

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
muddy
off trail
snow
22 hours ago

Made it up to the lake the other day. Slushy snow on trail from trailhead to Pete, little more snow before Lema creek, found the old logs to cross on, sparse snow past creek, no snow through burn, until top of the hill, solid snow past the last big bridge, lake was pretty much all white still. Was able to do an easy day hike, pretty good conditions.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
snow
23 hours ago

Did a day thru-hike on June 5th, 2020. Had trouble finding trip reports prior, so here’s a quick rundown: The road to the Colchuck Trailhead is open. Trail up to Colchuck Lake is in great shape. Aasgard pass was snowy in areas, but fairly easy to navigate with some small detours. Didn’t need crampons. Top of the pass until about 1-2 miles from Snow Lakes was consistently deep/somewhat packed snow. Lakes are still mostly frozen. Slow going but doable with hiking boots. Consider bringing gaiters and a change of socks. Backpackers may want snowshoes. Snow Lakes to the end is in great shape. Enjoy!

hiking
blowdown
over grown
scramble
1 day ago

Hiked this on 5/30/2020. Started this hike hoping it would be our first overnight backpacking trip of the season, but decided to make it a long day hike due to weather and trail conditions. We did 8 miles of the trail as an out-and-back, 16 miles total, starting at 8:30am and ending at 6:30pm on 5/30/2020. When we arrived the parking lot had about 8 cars, many with kayak equipment. The trailhead bathroom is still locked due to COVID-19. As many have noted, the trail is really pleasant, especially the first 3-4 miles; lots of wildflowers and the ever-present rush of Ingalls Creek. Things are a little overgrown and a few small trees to step over, but nothing major. This changes after you hit the trail junction with Falls Creek (between 5-6 miles from trailhead). The trail gets much brushier and there are more, and larger, blowdowns to clamber over. The challenge with the hike isn't really the individual blowdowns, but the quantity, and for backpackers, the added energy expended climbing with a heavier pack. Additionally, there are a number of small stream crossings, a few of which (especially after about ~7 miles in) require walking through shin-high water. We decided to turn back at a particularly large blowdown, due to the bad weather forecast and lack of desire/sheer will to repeat everything the next day. The return trip was long but uneventful, and we made it out right as the predicted thunderstorm rolled into the valley. Pros: -Tons of fantastic camping spots, including plenty at the beginning of the trail. The frequency of spots seemed to decline as the hike progresses. -Deeper into the trail it feels quite remote -Beautiful wildflowers and scenery -Plenty of water access Cons: -Lots of blowdowns, stream crossings, and overgrowth will slow down your progress Notes: -The trail was somewhat busy; we saw hikers, backpackers, and trail runners about once every half hour, though this decreased the farther in we got. But it didn't seem crowded. -No one had masks on or seemed to care much about social distancing -No signs of rattlesnakes but I did have the pleasure of spotting a rubber boa off to the side of the trail!

hiking
1 day ago

Very tough to do in one day, it is a long hike. Worth it once you get to the lake!

hiking
2 days ago

Love this trail! Have done it 4 times to this day! You can walk around the lake and have a totally different view

hiking
fee
muddy
2 days ago

off trail
scramble
snow
2 days ago

Stayed overnight. Big patches of snow covering the trail early on with boot prints leading in every direction. Water running high with snow melt and parts of the trail have turned into waterfalls. Stream crossings difficult but not impossible as some others suggested. When it starts getting steep 2/3 the way up, 100% snow cover. 5ft deep in some places higher up but post holing not an issue there. Beware post holing in shallow snow over the many under-snow streams on the way up. You will get lost without a map. There was only one clear spot around the entire lake to set up a tent. You could camp in the snow if you wanted but the melt might give you some issues. The trail around the lake is mostly impassable. We saw several mini avalanches around the basin from snow melt. The trek up from Rachel to Rampart lakes gets sketchier by the day as the snow and ice melts. I did it and accidentally ended up on top of a small frozen lake as we wandered around. You also have to climb straight up a snowy face that is getting thinner rapidly. Again, there is no such thing as a trail anymore, just boot prints. Recomend crampons but I did it without them.

hiking
snow
3 days ago

Didn't see a soul on my hike today. Killer views of the mountains lit up by blue skies! I got really burnt so bring sunscreen and shades. I also recommend micro spikes, hiking poles, gaiters and lots of water and snacks! One of the best outdoor experiences I've had in a long time, I'm definitely going back when the snow is gone.

hiking
3 days ago

Relatively flat trail. Lots of wildflowers. I did the trail in flip flops due to blisters from previous hikes and had no difficulties. The water is amazing! The river is massive right now. Lots more little waterfalls too.

hiking
flooded
muddy
4 days ago

First mile is kinda steep, but after that is easy. Muddy at some places. Great views!

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