Colchuck Lake Trail

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Colchuck Lake Trail is a 8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2532 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Day hike to Colchuck lake or Lake Stuart. Trail continues past Colchuck up Asgard pass to the Enchantment lakes.

backpacking
1 day ago

As of 5/21 the road to the trailhead is open. Trail still has a significant amount of snow once you veer off to the left to head up to Colchuck. But is melting rapidly. Prep for wet conditions, up at the lake there was still about 3 feet of snow everywhere and the lake was completely frozen. Beautiful as always though!

backpacking
11 days ago

Great trail! As of 5/8/17 the road to the trailhead was still closed at Icicle Rd, so be sure to add the 3.5mi hike up to the trailhead. The road is just gravel with a steady incline, so not too bad. Crampons are gonna be needed for the last part of the trail near the top, which has become ice from the melting and re-freezing every night. Careful on the lake too, the edges melt during the day and one of us fell in, but the middle was fine. Overall a great hike with gorgeous views on the way up and at the top. Skiers were complaining about how crusty the snow was on the pass, just FYI.

camping
13 days ago

A heads up about the trail: the road is closed so this adds on an extra 7 miles to the hike (3.5 in, 3.5 out). It's on a dirt road so it's not difficult but it does add about 2 hours to the hike. There's lots of snow on the trail, and we regretted not having brought our microspikes. In the end we turned around at the bridge and come back better prepared. We saw groups wearing only sneakers and t-shirts, I have no idea if they made it up but it must have been a slippery wet one for them.

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backpacking
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hiking
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6 months ago

Beautiful and challenging. Well maintained and marked.

6 months ago

Amazing hike, can't say enough good things about this trail & lake. we went Sunday Nov 6th 2 days ago and had amazing weather, sunny and snow on the mountain tops. The trail is difficult in places but totally manageable. we had a group of 4 woman, I'm not in great shape & we made it up in 3 hours. The entire trail is beautiful, I think we lucked out in the day we went.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

HIked today 29/10/2016.
Trail was was not easy, especially second part after the second bridge - very steep and rocky, so be prepared, boots must have on this trail.
So, trail itself supposed to have a lot spectacular views at second half but I didn't see it today because it was very foggy. I saw the lake just for couple minutes when fog disappeared and it was very beautiful, it definitely worth to get there.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
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hiking
7 months ago

Truly something else during the fall. Well worth the effort.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Overrated