Overnight camping requires permits, which are given out by lottery. Be prepared to share the trail with hundreds of people; this is an extremely popular route, especially on summer … An overnight reservation permit is required from May 15 to October 31. (509) 664-9200, Chelan Ranger District Beyond the toilets, the campsites were closed due to some slides in the area. Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. DRONES ARE PROHIBITED IN ALL WILDERNESS AREAS DOGS ARE PROHIBITED. Leave designated overnight parking for permit holders. (509) 664-9200, Chelan Ranger District Designated hiker campsites at Colchuck Lake. Dogs are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area. Wenatchee, WA 98801 beautiful colchuck lake! There are beautiful views of the lake -- with Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak rising 3,000 feet above south end of lake. Day 1: Start at the Stuart Lake Trailhead and follow for 2.3 miles. The views were gorgeous. Colchuck Lake via Stuart Lake Trail is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Take a little bit of time to walk part way around the lake–you’ll find good viewpoints, pretty rock slabs to lounge on, swimming holes, and camping sites. Enjoy a unique sense of solitude and see stunning Colchuck Lake and the imposing peaks around it under a heavy blanket of snow. Overnight camping in this area requires a permit from May 15 - October 31. Green Trails Map - #209S The Enchantments, USGS Map - Cashmere Mountain/Enchantment Lakes. The trailhead is easily found from the parking area. Parking for about 40 cars and a toilet is available (no water). Camping at Colchuck Lake. Colchuck Lake is breathtaking! Map Information. It is a must to get to trailhead early as there is limited parking at base and if full it is another probably 2 mile walk from where your other parking option is. Alpine Lake Wilderness permit required. An overnight reservation permit is required from May 15 to October 31. DOGS are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area. Fortunately we still had a few hours of daylight and headlamps in our backpacks. (509) 784-4700, Methow Valley Ranger District This trail is within Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Map showing recreational areas. (509) 852-1100, Entiat Ranger District Colchuck lake. (509) 682-4900, Cle Elum Ranger District Colchuck and Stuart Lakes are part of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and require a Northwest Forest Pass. 10237 Highway 12 Parking along FS Road 7601 is now allowed, but only on right side of road (going up). Aasgard Pass is to the left of Dragontail Peak. Day Passes can be purchased at trailhead, and pass must be displayed on dashboard of vehicle, even if parking on the road. Trailhead: From west end of Leavenworth on Highway 2, turn south on Icicle Road. Northwest Forest Pass required. This is exactly what we did – and our friends Kevin , Cameron , and Tessa joined us for an unforgettable sunrise hike. Even at 7 am, the parking lot was nearly full. Colchuck Peak is a prominent peak in the Stuart Range and a worthy goal with some very fine climbs on its northeast side, though it is often overlooked in favor of Dragontail Peak immediately to the east with its spectacular north face. pete won the enchantments lottery for overnight camping at colchuck, so we ended up staying 3 nights by this gorgeous lake, hiking around to other areas during the daytime. Defined by Department of Justice regulations 28 C.F.R. If you plan to camp at the top, know that you must obtain a permit between May 15 to October 31. The area has several wonderful places to pitch a tent. This trail is within Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Colchuck Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness of Washington state. The trail continues along western shore of lake to access campsites and the route up Aasgard Pass to the Enchantments. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Colchuck Lake hike is the one you should be hiking if you have never hiked in this Eastern side of Washington. (509) 653-1401, Wenatchee River Ranger District If you plan to camp overnight in this area you will need to come prepared. Review of Enchantment Lakes. 4000ft) the trail crosses the creek on an spectacular log bridge spanning deep pools of water on large boulders. Headquarters To the right is another 2.5 miles to Stuart Lake (less elevation gain), to the left is the trail to Colchuck. At approximately 8.4 miles turn left on Forest Service Road 7601 (Bridge Creek Campground is near junction). Alpine Lake Wilderness permit required. Here we crossed our first bridge and the trail starts to climb. Trail steepens after the bridge and at 2.5 miles the junction with Colchuck Lake Trail is reached. 215 Melody Lane DRONES ARE PROHIBITED IN ALL WILDERNESS AREAS DOGS ARE PROHIBITED. If you have any questions please call the Leavenworth Ranger Station at (509) 548-2550. Many people camp in this area during the summer months and others are brave enough to do it in the winter. The way leaves the parking lot and the trail meanders the valley. Naches, WA 98937 Trail steepens after the bridge and at 2.5 miles the junction with Colchuck Lake Trail is reached. The Sapphire Lake In Washington That’s Devastatingly Gorgeous. (509) 784-4700, Methow Valley Ranger District 24 West Chewuch Road These are self-issued at the trailhead. Northwest Forest Pass required. Follow the sometimes rough and steep dirt road 3.7 miles to Stuart Lake trailhead. There are also campsites near north end of lake. Forest Service Home | USDA.gov | recreation.gov | Recreation Customer Service Standards | USA.gov | Whitehouse.gov, Plug-Ins | FOIA | Accessibility Statement | Privacy Policy | Important Notices | Information Quality, https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/okawen/recarea/?recid=58717, Alpine Lakes Wilderness Regulations Booklet, Entiat - Lake Wenatchee Area: Upper Mad River Seasonal Trail Closure, Naches Area: Boulder Cave Trail / Day Use Site Closed, Pack and Saddle Stock Weed Free Feed Requirements, New Appeal Regulations for Special Use Authorizations. Next to Stuart Lake, this has to be one of the most glorious day trips in the area. 600 Sherbourne The route follows a peaceful stream through a lush forest, then climbs steeply to Colchuck Lake where the views of Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak won't disappoint. Overnight camping in this area requires a permit from May 15 - October 31. However, the views at the lake are well worth the effort. Colchuck Lake is one of the lakes that make up the Enchantments area of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, which was established in 1976 and consists of 391,988 acres. Entiat, WA 98822 There are campsites all along the Colchuck lake shore, but be aware that camping here is managed under the same strict regime as the core enchantment zone. All-Day Hike: The hike to Colchuck Lake is roughly 8.3 miles and generally done as an all-day hike. (509) 548-2550, Tonasket Ranger District My daughter and I felt that we needed to give… (509) 653-1401, Wenatchee River Ranger District No overnight permits needed! Part 35.136. Day hikers are encouraged to park on the road or in the island of parking area. Wenatchee, WA 98801 (509) 996-4000, Naches Ranger District 2108 Entiat Way I slept very well in my tent and woke up refreshed and eager to get along the trail. Leavenworth, WA 98826 is now part of Colville National Forest. The jagged peaks and passes surrounding the lake have mystical names like Dragontail and Aasgard Pass. Consider carpooling, riding a bike or have someone shuttle you to the trailheads to further reduce impacts and overcrowding. Overnight camping in this area requires a permit from May 15 - October 31. ^ we always take a photo of the trailhead area and a selfie in case we go missing, haha. Entiat, WA 98822 Chelan, WA 98816 Elvin R. Johnson, Norma Johnson, William A. Cle Elum, WA 98922 Consider carpooling, riding a bike or have someone shuttle you to the trailheads to further reduce impacts and overcrowding. Colchuck Lake Trail (Trip Report) Trail Name: Colchuck Lake Trailhead. 1599) and dives right into the forest. Colchuck Lake is truly a gem of a day hike. The trail gradually climbs through forest along Mountaineer Creek and crosses creek at 1.5 miles on a log bridge. If you have any questions please call the Leavenworth Ranger Station at (509) 548-2550. Due to popular demand for overnight permits, a lottery is held annually. Turn left here and trail soon crosses Mountaineer Creek again on a log bridge. Wilderness Trail: Non-motorized, no bicycles. Date & Duration: August 14, 2017, about 5.5 hours total hike time. Winthrop, WA 98862 The trail continues along western shore of lake to access campsites and the route up Aasgard Pass to the Enchantments. These are self-issued at the trailhead. The roundtrip covers 7.7 mi (12.39 km) with an elevation of 2,300 ft (701.04 m). (509) 852-1100, Entiat Ranger District There are also campsites near north end of lake. 428 W. Woodin Avenue 600 Sherbourne It’s a fun hike with unbeatable views, especially at the lake. The Enchantments, with its granite peaks, pristine lakes and jaw-dropping views, is definitely one of them. Colchuck Lake is worth the hike. Dogs whose sole purpose is to provide therapy, comfort, emotional support or crime deterrent DO NOT QUALIFY AS SERVICE DOGS under the regulation and are NOT ALLOWED. (509) 996-4000, Naches Ranger District Difficulty: Dayhike – Easy Backpacking – Moderate. 428 W. Woodin Avenue Day Passes can be purchased at trailhead, and pass must be displayed on dashboard of vehicle, even if parking on the road. Hiking to Colchuck Lake. There are also campsites near north end of lake. See Enchantment Lakes permit information. The trip to the lake is just under 4 mi (6.44 km). Long and Kathy Long made the first recorde… The water is crystal clear and on a nice day the sun sparkles on the lake. (509) 548-2550, Tonasket Ranger District Green Trails Map - #209S The Enchantments, USGS Map - Cashmere Mountain/Enchantment Lakes. Below us was going to be an adventure as the trail was hard to find. This beautiful and very popular 4-mile trail is accessed from Stuart Lake Trail #1599 which starts at Stuart Lake Trailhead (3400' elevation). Cle Elum, WA 98922 Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest The trail gradually climbs through forest along Mountaineer Creek and crosses creek at 1.5 miles on a log bridge. The Stuart Lake Trail #1599 begins by following Mountaineer Creek into a mixed forest. Camping at Colchuck Lake. The first time you round the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience. Dragontail peak, little colchuck, and below-freezing temperatures made for an unforgettable night up. At about 1.75 miles (elev. There are also campsites near north end of lake. See Enchantment Lakes permit information. Map Information. Colchuck Lake is quite popular, in part as it’s en route to the Enchantments. 803 W. 2nd Street Dogs whose sole purpose is to provide therapy, comfort, emotional support or crime deterrent DO NOT QUALIFY AS SERVICE DOGS under the regulation and are NOT ALLOWED. Colchuck Lake In May I was luck enough to find an enchantment permit to Colchuck Lake, so Kyla, Alicia and I decided we would make this popular trail our first overnight destination this season. Parking along FS Road 7601 is now allowed, but only on right side of road (going up). Unfortunately it rained the day of our hike. With farmers markets, breweries, mountains, lakes, waterfalls, gorgeous views, and a Bavarian-style village, it is definitely a must see! Not only do you get the views of the icy deep aqua blue glacier water, you are surrounded by the tall Glacier Walls of Dragontail and Colchuck Peaks. The trail is sometimes steep and rough for 1.5 miles from creek crossing to the lake, which is at 5500' elevation. Part 35.136. The trail is sometimes steep and rough for 1.5 miles from creek crossing to the lake, which is at 5500' elevation. Wilderness Trail: Non-motorized, no bicycles. The first time you round the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience. 803 W. 2nd Street Colchuck Lake is also one of the starting points for reaching the Enchantment Lakes via Aasgard Pass. Defined by Department of Justice regulations 28 C.F.R. Part 35.136. 24 West Chewuch Road See Enchantment Lakes permit information. Colchuck Lake Trail begins at Stuart Lake trailhead and parking lot by Forest Service Road 7601, which can be reached from Icicle Creek Road. Colchuck Lake And of course, the fun of sharing a wonderful day in the mountains with old friends. Trailhead: From west end of Leavenworth on Highway 2, turn south on Icicle Road. See Enchantment Lakes permit information. There are parts of Washington so beautiful that they truly take your breath away. Dogs, and all pets, are prohibited, except for Service Dogs as defined by Department of Justice regulations 28 C.F.R. Distance: What we read: 8 mi roundtrip Our mileage: 12 miles roundtrip, including hiking around the lake. For vehicles parking on road or in parking area -- a NW Forest Pass, America the Beautiful Pass or the Overnight Visitor Parking Pass that comes with Enchantments overnight permit must be on display on your vehicle’s dashboard. Follow the sometimes rough and steep dirt road 3.7 miles to Stuart Lake trailhead. Back on Colchuck Lake and a Long Bushwhack to the Car. Reservations are required for overnight use from May 15 through October 31. Even though the temperatures were forecast to reach 86 degrees in Leavenworth, much of the trail was shaded and much cooler, very comfortable. At about the two-mile mark find the junction with the Colchuck Lake Trail #1599.1 (sometimes referred to as #1599A) and head left to push up toward the lake. Dogs whose sole purpose is to provide therapy, comfort, emotional support or crime deterrent do not qualify as service dogs. Day hikers are encouraged to park on the road or in the island of parking area. Colchuck Lake is a magnificent color of blue (from glacial till) and offers great overnight camping. It is the bigger brother to the nearby Enchantment Lakes, much easier to reach (as a day hike, especially), and some have described it as a religious experience.The glacier-fed waters of Colchuck Lake are an ethereal aquamarine blue. Within a quarter-mile the trail crosses into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Turn left here and trail soon crosses Mountaineer Creek again on a log bridge. 10237 Highway 12 The hike to Colchuck Lake begins at the Stuart Lake trailhead (no. Part 35.136. Leavenworth, WA 98826 The easiest routes are scrambles from the south and / or the Colchuck Col at the top of the Colchuck Glacier to the east. Then pick up the Colchuck Lake Trail for 2.7 miles. Colchuck Lake is just one of many scenic alpine lakes, and it is a popular destination because hikers can accomplish it in one day. Dogs whose sole purpose is to provide therapy, comfort, emotional support or crime deterrent do not qualify as service dogs. Headquarters Dogs, and all pets, are prohibited. The lakes are situated within the Cascade Mountains in Washington State, where visitors are privy to endlessly beautiful views of lakes, larch trees, snow-topped peaks, glaciers, and occasional goat sightings. It was time to head back to the car as we skinned across Colchuck Lake. DOGS are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area. Forest Service Home | USDA.gov | recreation.gov | Recreation Customer Service Standards | USA.gov | Whitehouse.gov, Plug-Ins | FOIA | Accessibility Statement | Privacy Policy | Important Notices | Information Quality, https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/okawen/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=58717&actid=50, Alpine Lakes Wilderness Regulations Booklet, Entiat - Lake Wenatchee Area: Upper Mad River Seasonal Trail Closure, Naches Area: Boulder Cave Trail / Day Use Site Closed. This weekend we go backcountry camping in the Enchantments for 4 nights/ 5 days! And as gorgeous as the entire area is, Colchuck Lake is its crown jewel. Overnight camping in this area requires a permit from May 15 - October 31. Suddenly, laid out beneath your feet are the icy waters of the lake-deep blue in the shade, bright aquamarine in sunlight-while high above you at the far end of the lake, the twin spires of Dragontail and Colchuck Peaks seem to crowd out the very sky. A great way to add to your hike at Colchuck Lake is to stay overnight. Gem Type: Lake Going up was not too bad however the latter part (closest to the lake) has some steeper grades. Parking for about 40 cars and a toilet is available (no water). This beautiful and very popular 4-mile trail is accessed from Stuart Lake Trail #1599 which starts at Stuart Lake Trailhead (3400' elevation). For the first 1.7 miles, the hike is relatively easy with rolling hills and about 600 feet of elevation. Looking back we would occasionally see our tracks now in the shade. Dogs, and all pets, are prohibited, except for Service Dogs as defined by Department of Justice regulations 28 C.F.R. If you are planning a trip to the Pacific Northwest, Colchuck Lake and Leavenworth is arguably one of the most beautiful and Best Kept Secrets in Washington! DOGS are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area. 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