He has opened up quite a few trails off the MLH and in the North Cascades doing this. However, the ground was very hard packed dirt/frozen so the poles didn't dig in well. Jun 14, 2020 01:16 PM. This alpine lake is accompanied by the twin spires of Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak at the far end of the lake. Read About these trails in our Hiking Guide Colchuck Lake; The 1100 feet gained along a very steep, rocky, and rooty trail after the 2.5 miles to the junction is well worth the effort because of the beauty of Colchuck Lake and its surrounding area. No one ever wants to deal with the other side of the equation, which is much more important: demand. I do admit I scan the woods for cougars when I'm hiking a lonely trail, and I do think about humans with nefarious intent in some places. on We'll see if there's more to it than that. Colchuck Lake. nor capacity for handling crowds would be detrimental to the environment and not to mention encourage folks to drive 2+ hours one way to reach. This lake is a real butt-kicker hike but an oh so worth-it destination. As if Colchuck Lake alone werent enough of a draw, it is one of the two gateways to the Enchantments, and the trailhead also accesses Stuart Lake, an easier and equally awesome destination. Colchuck Peak : SummitPost.org : Climbing, hiking, mountaineering. Dogs are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area. This mass stupidity is what hiking has become. Textbook whataboutism (I could have gone and still be in the right with my comments), but I'll answer it, because in this hothouse, I am in position to throw stones. Testudo montana on When physical distancing is lifted we should 'point together. Douglas S. Squirrel WTA trail work party. Overall, the icy spots are hard to spot so keep your eyes peeled! Bring layers as the weather at the lake can change drastically in minutes. Road up to Colchuck/Stuart/Eightmile trailhead is gated as of yesterday 11/5. I can think of a few off the MLH that make excellent family hikes, but you can't get there in your average paasinger car anymore. That notwithstanding, I'm not cowering in fear. Only by really going out of your way to not pay attention can you act like you're the first person to reach the shores of Colchuck. I am pretty sure 100+ helpful votes makes this the second most up-voted report ever posted. The myth of the natural leads people to consume wild spaces more and more. You can replenish water in the creeks or lake, but be sure to … The hike starts in a lodgepole pine forest along side Mountaineer Creek steadily climbing to an alpine lake set in granite cliffs under the towering crags of the Enchantment peaks. Jun 15, 2020 07:05 PM. It was my first time in the enchantments and a beautiful November day. I understand the annoyance, but I don’t think this is the right forum to complain about this trail’s use. My hiking partner and I made it up to Colchuck Lake in two hours. on BethS See? Forest Service: just close the road. The people swamping trails? Print. Cars were parked along the road by this point. Land Agency: National Forest Service. The road up was passable in a FWD Ford Focus. Other people don't mind the crowds, they may prefer a busy trail, and even feel safer from both wildlife and humans when there are other people always in sight. ngie The two mindsets (hiking exceptionalism, covid do-nothingism) are related. Colchuck lake. I agree with others that the trail is more than 8 miles. on I know it's not an easy solution to contemplate, since the slashing of public expenditures has trapped DNR and USFS in a fee-for-service model for funding; but I can't think of anything more important to hiking (much less the state of Washington's most beautiful places) than directly confronting that catch-22. on The hares, the ptarmigans, the pikas, the goats, and the squirrels all deserve a few weeks of peace and quiet. I parked in a no parking zone and hiked anyway, because I HAVE A RIGHT TO HIKE ANYWHERE I WANT WHENEVER I WANT." As this video (reposted by the outmatched Forest Service) shows, people park for miles along the road, creating a one-lane clog. Their problem is that they need content to get likes from friends and strangers. All it takes is one schmuck who decides he/she wants some imaginary internet points to post some pictures of a place, drop the name and how to get there and BAM stampede because now every Karen, Kyle and Jane has to go up there, take the picture doing the same tired yoga pose with the scenery in the background, Kyle walking down the trail blasting his music on his Bluetooth speaker... and then most have the nerve to complain about how busy the trail was and how they wish they could have more solitude. I say, find a way to embrace it and make it work or else, yeah, we'll get all those those vacation homes. Colchuck Lake is a beautiful, aquamarine lake. You’re totally right! you know, it's a fair push that I should DO more instead of just SAYING more, and I'm curious to see if he has specific ideas. The jagged peaks and passes surrounding the lake have mystical names like Dragontail and Aasgard Pass. ricola 3.) Yes! Jun 14, 2020 09:05 AM. BethS Whatever it takes, hiking "community." Jun 13, 2020 07:09 PM, tim0 on Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. JeffReigns Jun 13, 2020 07:49 PM. Douglas S. Squirrel While some of the gripes you have are constructive, they have been played time and again and are well known to land stewards (areas being loved to death, etc). The trailhead is easily found from the parking area. Beyond that, if a very beautiful place is getting so much traffic that people have to turn a dirt road into a single-lane alleyway just to get their chance to see it, I think we all and each need to reduce that impact. Now we seem to have "amazonified" hiking in which the masses open an app and 'scroll down' to receive step by step directions, details of bugs and even ratings so you can enjoy your "best" experience. You’ll want at least one liter or more. “The belief that each of us is the only person in the world despite ample evidence to the contrary” YEP. The Enchantments: Hike to Colchuck Lake. It's very relaxing. I agree SeattleCyclist, your post is sanctimonious entitled garbage. ", Douglas S. Squirrel Jun 13, 2020 09:04 PM, I feel your pain DS, however, no lottery, rule, closure or virus will solve the core problem which is, as I see it; too many people in the PNW, outdoor retailers who market skill and knowledge with the simple procurement of their products and the cult following of social media. We started hiking at 8:40am and reached the lake by noon. Roads are paid for with public funds, but we you still have to pass an exam before you hop behind the wheel. It's what drives development like Snoqualmie Ridge and Suncadia where previously wild spaces (mostly wild - perhaps logged years earlier) get repurposed for resource-intensive homes so people can feel "close to nature." ✌️, Jenniferkaye79 The belief that each of us is the only person in the world (despite ample evidence to the contrary) and that our individual pleasure can be pursued regardless of impact to others is why beautiful places are getting trashed and why we've lost more people to a manageable outbreak than any other country on earth (until Brazil one-ups us - but trust me when I tell you that "not quite as bad as Balsonaro's Brazil" is really faint praise). Many people camp in this area during the summer months and others are brave enough to do it in the winter. on Other vehicles had compacted the snow, making it possible for my car to get up. Colchuck Lake Tips & Hiking Resources. That's why I stay away. Colchuck Lake; The black fly population was out like I haven't seen in a long time, they would literally swarm you from the trailhead to the Lake. It is hard to say for time as we all hike at different paces, but I would allow about 5-6 hours if you want to be leisurely and have lots of time at the lake. on there's still a pandemic going on. 100% agreed, though, that the forces driving the situation I describe are formidable. To provide the incentive and funding for enforcement, you provide a $100 no-questions-asked version of the permit: essentially a tax on the wealthy and stupid who show up here unprepared. The crowds in the front-country are inevitable. Just another tick on the ol' bucket list, forgotten as soon as the next new thing gives them a stab of FOMO. Si.) During a pandemic. It's gated down at the Eightmile turnoff (FR 7601). We must avoid this at all costs. Camping at Colchuck Lake. Colchuck Lake Trail starts at Stuart Lake trailhead off of Forest Service Road 7601, which can be accessed from Icicle Creek Road. Douglas S. Squirrel 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. Jun 15, 2020 10:49 AM. Trip Report By. Oh my god. If he means volunteer for work parties, that doesn't solve the things I'm talking about. Agreed. Nope. WTA is the most influential hiking advocacy group in the state, and a trip report like this is a way for this community to communicate in a very visible way that there is a concern that isn't being discussed. However, the views at the lake are well worth the effort. How many photos did you find? With my newfound power, I command you, oh hikers of Washington: WRITE MORE TRIP REPORTS! I would prefer something meritocratic. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Colchuck Lake is breathtaking! on Everyone and their uncle is flocking to this hike, courtesy of a certain Facebook group (that should really be renamed "The People for the Overpopulation of Lake Colchuck and Lake 22"). The trail was a mix of packed snow and ice followed by mud, and then more snow/ice. This thread is winding down. As if Colchuck Lake alone weren’t enough of a draw, it is one of the two gateways to the Enchantments, and the trailhead also accesses Stuart Lake, an easier and equally awesome destination. While the final ascent to the lake is steep and rough in places, Colchucks overall elevation gain of 2,300 feet makes its spectacular scenery accessible to hikers of almost any ability. Old trails are not going to be hiked by the masses looking for the trophy hikes anyway. On July 2nd we headed to Colchuck Lake near Leavenworth. Jun 14, 2020 05:53 AM. If nothing else, it is a temporary salve for the anguish I feel at watching places I love get treated like disposable distractions. Who's going to be the arbitrator of who gets to hike? A tad over 9 would be more accurate and we didn't hike to the other side of the lake by Aasgard pass. And as to your suggestion that Mr. Squirrel do some volunteer work to help trails, he IS doing volunteer work by deploying his superb writing skills in defense of the natural world. Then post a report on the hike. Love it. I've volunteered. COVID actually is terrible for you. Now it looks like a good one to miss! If you plan to camp overnight in this area you will need to come prepared. Jun 13, 2020 01:44 PM, Yep, people want to enjoy nature and fresh air. Turn the pass into a license conditioned on ability to demonstrate knowledge of how to travel in the outdoors responsibly. on Jun 14, 2020 06:07 AM. Part 35.136. There'd also be an annual volunteer hours requirement. Vanity Hiking Areas would be Open to All, while other trails would require a license, which you'd acquire by proving knowledge of and respect for the natural world. It's 8.0 miles round trip to Colchuck Lake, with about 2,200 feet of elevation gain. on Stampede, indeed. The land is public and everyone can use it, but the improvements to it are classified differently. on I think the crowds just represent a different way to enjoy the wilderness, and the parks and national forest should provide some means to handle them, like in Canada, perhaps well engineered trails, more toilet facilities, trash service and personnel to handle the crowds. Only a few are allowed in each day. Confidential to all the people who won't read this trip report, because they're too busy driving to the trailhead, two things: 1.) Trails Rebooted; Learn how WTA is helping make popular trails more sustainable. on Advocate for clearing up the access roads. 100 would mean there's just 1 such person (and if the 100 are selected based on knowledge and care, maybe even that one doesn't get in). I am a fairly experienced hiker but this hike was challenging for me given the length, temperature and elevation gain. Jun 14, 2020 05:42 AM, KJ the Pole Pusher Elitism doesn't work, not in environmentalism either. This hike is challenging in that it is mostly up, and up, and up. - The Douglas S. Squirrel: When the spectacle of 10's of thousands of people buying millions of dollars of plastic gear and driving millions of collective miles just to get their own version of a photo millions people took before them, all for an ostensible love of nature, gets to be too much, you skewer our collective hypocrisy in righteous anguish at what we're doing to the world. on 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. Douglas S. Squirrel We got back to the parking lot by 3pm, so total hiking time = 5.5 hrs (that includes a few short breaks). Social media is killing hiking in general. A lot of people are shouting back. The first time you round the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience. There are the lonely trails waiting for those of us who love them. Jun 13, 2020 01:51 PM. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 It's just there, like magic. Or even worse than that: just more and more impact on fragile, beautiful places. on Nice work!! This must be the eastside version of Lake 22. Jun 15, 2020 03:02 PM. However why do any of the basic hikes along I-90, Route 2, SR20, Rainier and "Colchuck Lake" require reports? Colchuck Lake Trail begins at Stuart Lake trailhead and parking lot by Forest Service Road 7601, which can be reached from Icicle Creek Road. Or - even worse - crack their Pixel and be unable to snap a selfie. We need to create the incentives to discourage demand and raise the level of the common denominator who shows up on trail, otherwise we will wind up with lotteries or closures. Dogs, and all pets, are prohibited, except for Service Dogs as defined by Department of Justice regulations 28 C.F.R. Just let it happen." Jun 14, 2020 06:02 AM, Cascadian_Hiker The lake is all thawed so we are back to that beautiful aqua sparkling water! Here's what entitled sounds like: "I went to the Stuart Lake Trailhead. The lake itself was beautiful and we watched a lot of groups going up and down Aasgard pass.We heard reports that the mtn. Jun 13, 2020 06:12 PM. I have no way of knowing for sure, but a trip report like this probably generates more chatter than all their blog posts and 1,000 normal trip reports combined. Hiking to Colchuck Lake. Other than that I would highly recommend that if you go on a hot day to cool off by taking a jump in the lake. The default strategy everyone comes up with is: increase capacity. Tmber.com narrates a hike up to spectacular Colchuck Lake near Leavenworth, Washington. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Gone are the days when places can be truly special. and concluded that the right and useful thing to do is to postpone hiking. First, don't hike them.There are trails that are rarely hiked and could use a few more boots. Coming up with creative approaches to managing that overuse isn't a policy priority, near as I can tell. 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. Jun 14, 2020 12:15 PM. Create an extra hurdle that shows you care. That makes this the perfect forum. Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. on So many trailheads have become inaccessable to the regular family car that the ones that are easy to get to are overrun. Look at the response here: 208 helpful votes. Colchuck Lake is truly a gem of a day hike. It’s a pristine alpine lake with soaring, jagged mountains above you, turquoise clear water below, and the added plus: water warm enough you can stomach swimming in. Exponential increase in high impact activity in sensitive alpine/subalpine terrain. Jun 14, 2020 01:18 PM. Read About these trails in our Hiking Guide Colchuck Lake; Note: This is more of a volunteer vacation report than a trip report. on And your blog. on on Next to Stuart Lake, this has to be one of the most glorious day trips in the area. Just reminded me how quickly the weather can change out there! Douglas S. Squirrel FawnLeibowitz I've contributed to policy. The late melt off is the culprit for this situation. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Jun 15, 2020 04:18 PM. Did I miss anything? We hiked up to colchuck yesterday, 11/24. Article and photo by Craig Romano. Cobalt blue waters beneath a wall of rock and ice. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Jun 15, 2020 06:47 AM. "Douglas T. Squirrel, Lord Chancellor of Washington Trails" - that has a nice ring to it! However, the views at the lake are well worth the effort. If the DNR and USFS can charge a fee for the pass that lets you use the parking lots and the outhouses, I would assume they can also require certain basic standards before issuing the Discover Pass and NW Forest. on Seattle, WA 98104. Jun 13, 2020 01:57 PM. Get Trail News Jun 13, 2020 09:55 AM. Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. I was up there once in the fall during the week, not near as crazy. 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. Trail Conditions Trail in good condition ... Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. Jun 13, 2020 12:04 PM. The trail to Colchuck Lake was perfect. on The Colchuck Lake hike is undoubtedly one of the PNW's best and is VFC's favorite, aside from what sits beyond the lakes in the Enchantments. "Caring is lame." They don't care what it takes to maintain trails and trailheads. It’s terrible for you!!!! The DNR approach of building in capacity seems the best, focus the crowds in the various 'sacrificial areas' e.g. Another great, honest report. hayleygardner19 The stuff that gets them that content? The parking area can be busy, as visitors access the Enchantments and Stuart Lake from this trailhead. These are the kinds of conversations we need to start having, like, 10 years ago. Jun 13, 2020 10:26 AM. Again, loved your rant. Jun 15, 2020 05:32 PM, Interesting idea, I've earned both my Discover pass and a FS pass doing trailwork, and you do have an appreciation of the work involved in making and maintaining a trail, Muledeer There were one or two spots of snow/ice that you can walk around easily. Washington Trails Association If the DNR and USFS can charge a fee for the pass that lets you use the parking lots and the outhouses, I would assume they can also require certain basic standards before issuing the Discover Pass and NW Forest. on The first time you round the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience. Maybe all the folks giving you their life savings in order to attach their name to the illusion of wilderness will keep bequeathing, regardless of what's actually happening out there, in the beautiful places we all supposedly love so much. Maybe we need sacrifice zones for vanity hiking, same way we have them for mining and logging. Complete turn off, and that was before covid. Do a google image search for "Colchuck Lake." If it took a snarky squirrel to shake us out of this assumption that hiking is an intrinsic good no matter how it's done and in what quantities and start dealing with the mess on our hands, great! The easiest routes are scrambles from the south and / or the Colchuck Col at the top of the Colchuck Glacier to the east. Pumpkins. “ Other people don't mind the crowds, they may prefer a busy trail, and even feel safer from both wildlife and humans when there are other people always in sight. It started snowing on our way down which was cool. Amazing. Help me understand where you're at. klola Pretty soon, there isn't going to be anything worth preserving access to. Rehabilitate lost trails. Unfortunately it rained the day of our hike. Great trip report! 1599) and dives right into the forest. on I see a hike this crowded and I immediately turn around. Colchuck Lake with Dragontail and Colchuck peaks above. There are quite a few potholes and it is all uphill. A great way to add to your hike at Colchuck Lake is to stay overnight. They're not who will support you. Bring lots of layers this time of year as you warm up as you ascend but it is very chilly at the lake when you are not moving. I want things to go back to normal as reliably and quickly as possible (too late for that, thanks to attitudes like yours, but still...), so if I can help increase the likelihood of that by not hiking, sign me up. Crowds can be fun, sure, but they also bring in the lowest common denominator in greater numbers. It's a reservoir. You pay for a chance. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. The route to Colchuck Lake is the easiest and most popular way for people to see the glorious Enchantments. on Your community is speaking to you. Muledeer Colchuck Lake Trail (Trip Report) Knowing how popular the Colchuck Lake trail is, we started our hike at 3am to avoid crowds and catch sunrise. C P is an excellent example of this kind of hiker. Colchuck Peak Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Colchuck Peak is: A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Sat nightTemperatures will be below freezing (max -2°C on Sat night, min -14°C on Mon night)Winds decreasing (extremely windy from the W on Sat night, moderate winds from the … Mt Si, Mailbox, Teneriffe, Granite Lakes, Otter falls etc. How about: they divide the area up into even more zones, and you have to provide an itinerary of the zones you'll, in the correct sequence from entry point to intermediate destinations and exit point, even for day permits? The roundtrip covers 7.7 mi (12.39 km) with an elevation of 2,300 ft (701.04 m). Overuse isn't on WTA's radar in any serious way. The lake was, as usual, insanely beautiful and I could have stayed forever. That's what I would like to see, along the lines of what Testudo suggested above. (I appreciate your parody of this type of report. We can solve it if we want to. We did this as a day hike. Trip Report. This! 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