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Colchuck Lake

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.8 (39) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A very popular trail leading to a glacially carved alpine lake in the beautiful Enchantments.


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8.3

Miles

13.4

KM

Out and Back

5,614' 1,711 m

High

3,439' 1,048 m

Low

2,222' 677 m

Up

2,222' 677 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Commonly Backpacked · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

The route to Colchuck Lake is the easiest and most popular way for people to see the glorious Enchantments. 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.

Be prepared to share the trail with hundreds of people; this is an extremely popular route, especially on summer weekends. Make sure to keep this area beautiful for future generations by following Wilderness Regulations and staying on the trail at all times.

Need to Know

A $5 per vehicle/day fee or a valid Recreation Pass is required on vehicles at the trailhead. Camping within this area is managed by a reservation permit system May 15th through October 31st.

Description

The trail starts at the Stuart Lake trailhead which can be packed with cars even on weekdays during the summer. The route starts on the Stuart Lake Trail #1599 and follows Mountaineer Creek while gradually climbing through a beautiful forest. The trail crosses the creek at 1.5 miles on a log bridge and starts to steepen.

At 2.2 miles take a left at the junction with the Colchuck Lake Trail #1599.1. The trail immediately crosses Mountaineer Creek again and then climbs steeply over sometimes rocky and washed-out trail.

After climbing a quick 1,100 ft from the valley base, you'll reach Colchuck Lake. Meander along the lake's west edge while taking in the awesome views of Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak rising from the south end of the lake. Grab lunch and take in the epic views up towards Aasgard Pass where backpackers enter the upper Enchantment basin or take a swim in the deep blue lake if you want to cool off.

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Sarah Baker

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  4.8 from 39 votes

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Photos

Views of the jagged Dragontail Peak across Colchuck Lake.
Jun 7, 2017 near Leavenw…, WA
Colchuck Lake
Aug 12, 2015 near Leavenw…, WA
A mountain goat and his domain (Dragontail Peak in the background).
Jun 27, 2016 near Leavenw…, WA
The Colchuck boulder field
Aug 12, 2015 near Leavenw…, WA
Reflecting on how awesome Dragontail Peak looks...
Jun 27, 2016 near Leavenw…, WA
Overlooking Colchuck Lake
Aug 12, 2015 near Leavenw…, WA

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Jun 22, 2020
Monica Thomas
8.3mi
Jun 6, 2020
Jake Grogan
8.3mi — 3h 00m
Sep 9, 2019
Jason Schorn
Light drizzle and overcast. Not as difficult as stated by many people and my god clocked the trailhead to the lake at 3.7 miles. — 2h 36m
Aug 31, 2019
Asif Luqman
Aug 12, 2019
Raj Hiker
Jul 28, 2019
Rajiv Annapragada
10.1mi — 5h 50m
Jul 8, 2019
Mitchell McAuslan
10.5mi — 6h 25m
Jul 4, 2019
Bryan Brown
w/ Al. Combo'd with Stuart Lake. Beautiful spot but lotsa people and music-blaring bros. The water is gorgeous.