Explore the most popular no dogs trails near Leavenworth with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

19 hours ago

Well, it was a last minute decision to hike this, so, we took the ridiculous decision to Star the hike at 4:00pm, because we had such a pressure to get to the lake, it was very hard trying to keep a consistent pace going up hill, definitely this trail requires to have some condition. Anyway we made it to trailhead on time way before the sunset at 9:10ish, we were lucky!

The “mosquito hour” was crazy and as I read in last reviews, and yes they were violent and didn’t care the repellent.

Well maintained trail. Amazing views! Take good bug spray!

1 day ago

Trail condition was good, and much of the hike was in shaded areas which helped since it was 95 degrees. There were several viewpoints, and spots to stop along the river. There was also a waterfall prior to the last ascent. Payout at the end is a beautiful alpine lake.

The trail is very popular, and heading back down was fairly busy. We left the trailhead at 7am. Would recommend going early to get a parking spot and beat some of the traffic.

Mosquitos and flies were aggressive. Bring plenty of bug spray.

Fun hike. Hard but it's worth it

great hike!!! did in 1 day....

Legitimately my favorite day hike to date.

Trail to the junction is easy on the feet and covered, for the most part. Steeper than the first half, the ascent from the junction offered numerous beautiful views. Kept moving and the mosquitos were never an issue. We were tempted to climb up the pass but opted to save that for another day. The first 2 dirt miles were a bit bumpy. Great hike with a stunning lake at the top. Not hard, moderate.

very nice views with blue /green water

6 days ago

I love the views and the lake made this trip well worth the drive from Olympia. Beautiful, awesome and just plain perfect.

This is my jam ✌️❤️

Started at Colchuck and did the through hike in a day (20mi). The descents felt harder than the climbs, grippy shoes are a must. Only saw a couple of people without poles. Make sure to save some time for hanging out on the top of the pass! Can't wait to do it again!

8 days ago

Great hike, no snow to deal with a little water on the trail at certain points. Bugs were very bad and be aware there is not much tree cover so wear sunblock. Overall a good day on the trail.

8 days ago

Would give this a 4.5 if it was available. Super bumpy gravel road for about 3 miles to the TH. Water running along the trail was really nice. View from the top was super. As others have commented, the bugs at the top - and along the trail - were plentiful and aggressive.

My second review of this hike. Went once in October last year and on July 5th, the other day. This is more of an update. Water was too cold to swim and also there was a lot more water than last time as the lake drains all summer so there were no “beach” areas. Definitely soak yourself in bug spray. I applied some and still got about 8 bites, mainly through my clothes which I wasn’t expecting so spray everything. View at the top was amazing as always. Also trail is 9.3 miles round trip, not 8.0.

8 days ago

NOT TRUE. Dogs are not allowed. I couldn't hike this trail because I had mine with me.
Can someone correct the error?

Loved this hike !!! We were able to do this with a baby pack without much trouble. Wish we would have left earlier to allow more time to explore the lake! My gps showed we hiked over 9mi. There is a $5 parking fee at the trailhead.

10 days ago

Best hike ever we saw bear next the 2nd bridge crass the raver also we saw the MT gout with the baby lot of them also we saw Deer this hike full with wildlife worth every step

This has been my favorite hike so far. Not a long hike but pretty tough.

10 days ago

This hike is longer than the 7.7 miles listed on here, especially if you are looking for beautiful view points of Colchuck Lake. The road up to the trailhead is extremely rough, I took it nice and slow the whole way up and back down. (7mph) The trailhead isn’t marked as “Colchuck”, but rather “Stuart Lake”. Each time you come to a marked fork, you’ll take a left. Eventually, there is a fork that is labeled as Colchuck. Spotted a deer on the trail the first half mile in. Very nice early in the morning, I went around 7am. The views are gorgeous the entire trek. Lots of foot traffic coming up as I was leaving. Big groups of 6-8 people. The way back took longer than expected due to this. All in all, a beautiful hike. Would like to do when less people are around.

Amazing hike! Hard with a full pack. The views are amazing along the way up. We had the best camp spot and view. Aasgard is difficult. You need to bring layers and snacks.

Great hike! The view is totally worth it. I’d categorize it as moderate. Never been on a hike this crowded! Parking is hard with all the people. When you get to the end if you make your own trail through the woods a bit there’s a lovely view and no crowds!

13 days ago

Ohh the switchbacks! My calves are singing today. Did a day hike just to the falls. We saw a 4 foot rattler on the way back down stretched the width of the trail. He was minding his own business trying to get to the boulders above.

14 days ago

Got to the trail head at 6:30. Pretty crowded, but the lot wasn’t full yet. Hike was great, some parts seem grueling, but then it levels out and you get s break. I agree with other hikers- it doesn’t seem “difficult”. Lots of views on the way up. Trail is really rocky, lotsa roots. Which makes it fun, but my high top boots saved my ankles a couple times when I wasn’t paying attention. The lake is stunning! I lucked out and it was a clear sunny day. The color is incredible. Saw a momma mountain goat with her baby by the lake. Lots of chipmunks too. Had lunch at the lake. Was back in my car at noon. (Took a few breaks on the way up and down for pics and quick rests). Highly recommend this hike!

14 days ago

This was actually my first hike ever! My friends asked me to go with them. The view from the lake was amazing! I didn’t even know this was classified as a ‘hard’ hike, so I’m proud of myself for accomplishing it on my first try (I must not be that out of shape then :p) Definitely worth the 7.7 miles!!

Absolutely love this hike, one of my favorites so far! Took about two hours each way at a steady pace, the first half is definitely on the easy side, but the second half definitely earns its hard rating (although my trail bud and I still thought it should be a moderate rating). You get a little bit of everything, and then the incredible WOW moment when you hit Colchuck. Make sure to bring lots of mosquito/bug repellent & I recommend getting to the trail between 7-8 am because of parking (and it was getting really populated when we were heading down around 12). Gotta come back to do the alpine swim!

Did an overnighter to Lake Colchuck with the family on June 29-30. It was my daughter's first backpacking trip. The trail is great! Not a footpath by any means, but a rocky, root-strewn, steep trail. By no means is it hard, but it isn't for the faint of heart either unless they're willing to take breaks in between working.

There are a few really great campsites on the water, but there are plenty of sites if you walk off the beaten path a little.

At the tail end of June it is pretty buggy, so big spray is a must! The views are well worth it though.

My wife and I have to go back to do Asgard's pass because it looks amazing!

Challenging and beautiful

I rate this hike 5 star! A MUST HIKE! The road to get there was rough with all the gravel. Parking was hard but we got there just in time. The first 1.5mile was moderate, nice scenery with some inclined. The last 3miles or so is all HARD CORE in my opinion. If you like to be challenge, this hike is for you. There are good spots for you to rest though and nice view. Beautiful rocks and easy trails but its good butt and leg work out. I feel like we just had a brazillian lift after this walk:-) When you get to the top.....OH MY, its AMAZING! The price is real. No pain, No gain. Its all worth it. I am planning to go again in a week.

the best hike Ive ever hikes. glorious

16 days ago

Stunning hike as always. The lake is amazing. I hiked/skied the glacier also. It wasn't too busy. Insects are out, but not terrible. This a hike that must be done at sometime.

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