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And it's not the first time. 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. on In summer, cars fill not only the trailhead parking lot, but the road leading to it. Colchuck Lake Trail starts at Stuart Lake trailhead off of Forest Service Road 7601, which can be accessed from Icicle Creek Road. 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. Stats according to WTA website: 8 miles roundtrip, 2280 ft elevation gain, high point 5580 ft. Our group thinks this may have been inaccurate for the distance. I understand the annoyance, but I don’t think this is the right forum to complain about this trail’s use. BethS Lotteries are arbitrary. The hike is hard but not as hard as I expected. on 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. Jun 14, 2020 06:07 AM. These are all of our public lands, and we need to provide for all kinds of people to use them, lightly for sure, but perhaps in large numbers. on Quick Facts. Print. The hares, the ptarmigans, the pikas, the goats, and the squirrels all deserve a few weeks of peace and quiet. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. You're in a position - maybe the best position of all - to do something about it. We hiked Colchuck yesterday and it was absolutely beautiful. In fact, it's on more than ever - we've done a great job spreading coronavirus. With stairs. The hike to Colchuck Lake begins at the Stuart Lake trailhead (no. Yes: I in fact have stayed away from the mountains since the shelter in place order went into effect, and I encourage everyone to do the same. on - but the place means more to me, though, than my desire to see it. Colchuck Lake is truly a gem of a day hike. How many photos did you find? I'm hoping he weighs in with specifics and shows that this isn't just his way of saying: "I don't want to hear it / shut up." Jun 14, 2020 09:05 AM. Sorry not sorry. I agree with others that the trail is more than 8 miles. on As you ascend, it gets a bit icy in spots but it is easy to navigate if you go slowly. With my newfound power, I command you, oh hikers of Washington: WRITE MORE TRIP REPORTS! Sadly, the trail is closed right now due to fire. But make it fun to read. 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. Douglas S. Squirrel Jun 13, 2020 12:58 PM. Jun 14, 2020 12:10 PM, So that means of course, that you are going to take a large garbage bag next time you go and pick up all the used TP, dog poo bags and trash on the trail, then fix the cut switchbacks and destroy the illegal fire rings. Many people camp in this area during the summer months and others are brave enough to do it in the winter. On July 2nd we headed to Colchuck Lake near Leavenworth. 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? “Call someplace paradise (and post photos on Instagram), kiss it goodbye...” - Eagles, seattlenativemike ” Reminds me of hiking up there years ago and coming across a guy with a Glock in his pants who asked me seriously if there were any deer up there for shooting... seattlenativemike Mt Si, Mailbox, Teneriffe, Granite Lakes, Otter falls etc. Trip Report By. Muledeer Douglas S. Squirrel Such a vindicating rant, I’ve had so many of these thoughts in the past few weeks while hiking. - The Dawn Wall: Please provide a detailed expedition-style report as if you are the first person ever to attempt the heroic feat of reaching the never-before-glimpsed wonders of a 6-mile hike gaining less than 2,000 feet. It’s a big part of boosting your immune system, not to mention mental and physical health. ricola The parking lot was full. I am a fairly experienced hiker but this hike was challenging for me given the length, temperature and elevation gain. “ 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. Go Hiking Trip Reports Colchuck Lake. Popularizing locations where there is no infrastructure (roads, sanitation etc.) Maybe the FS could do the same with Colchuck and make money for trail maintenance or a good end of the season beer fest for the FS employees. 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. It was cold (mid 30's-low 40's). Scratch_That_Hiking_Itch on Colchuck Lake. on We can solve it if we want to. COVID actually is terrible for you. on Jun 13, 2020 01:46 PM, Agree..it’s nice to have a few hikes that attract the masses so the rest of us can find peace and solitude elsewhere. The lake was, as usual, insanely beautiful and I could have stayed forever. I was up there once in the fall during the week, not near as crazy. Poles were helpful. Colchuck Lake; Road to TH is closed for the winter. The easiest routes are scrambles from the south and / or the Colchuck Col at the top of the Colchuck Glacier to the east. Then post a report on the hike. Colchuck, ricola 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 FS sells lottery tickets for $5 in order to have a chance to be one of the few who get to hike to the Wave each day. They don't care what it takes to maintain trails and trailheads. I am pretty sure 100+ helpful votes makes this the second most up-voted report ever posted. jools Hiked Oct 19, 2020. As it is, most of the vanity hikers don't give a rat's about the well-being of the places they're exploiting, or their non-human inhabitants. Comments. Spread people out and reduce impact. on Jul 3, 2015 - Set beneath two of Washington’s tallest peaks, Colchuck Lake is an alpine gem. My hiking partner and I made it up to Colchuck Lake in two hours. Yes! I enjoyed the variety of this trail - forest, views etc. I've volunteered. We can't do both. And you've done your part by crowding onto trails too soon. Douglas S. Squirrel Colchuck lake. Just let it happen." Douglas S. Squirrel on Colchuck Lake The land is public and everyone can use it, but the improvements to it are classified differently. 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). This: "If all the people out there actually LOVED the wilderness, we wouldn't see cut switchbacks...etc" Excellent point. Overview of Colchuck Lake via WTA.org; Get turn-by-turn driving directions to the trailhead via Google Maps; Bring plenty of water. Advocate for clearing up the access roads. "Nunh unh!!" Location: Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Icicle River Valley . goats are a real problem up there and are crazy for anything salty, like packs, straps, etc. As a climber I appreciate good beta and traditionally would look for condition reports for specific alpine objectives. Just another tick on the ol' bucket list, forgotten as soon as the next new thing gives them a stab of FOMO. Wyoming is already plenty crowded in its own right, and the more people pursue the strategy of finding their own empty corner of wilderness, the fewer empty corners will remain. 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. Your odds of getting to see a place like this should be directly proportional to the extent to which you give a s***. on on This hike is challenging in that it is mostly up, and up, and up. The lake was partly frozen and very beautiful with the snowy mountains around it. Please let us help you get your follower count up, you attention w...uh, I mean: narcissist. Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. on That notwithstanding, I'm not cowering in fear. on Trip Day Hike - Colchuck Lake. Read About these trails in our Hiking Guide Colchuck Lake; Note: This is more of a volunteer vacation report than a trip report. The stuff that gets them that content? "Gateway to the Enchantments." The trip to the lake is just under 4 mi (6.44 km). 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 on Turn the pass into a license conditioned on ability to demonstrate knowledge of how to travel in the outdoors responsibly. 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"). Douglas S. Squirrel 3) North Buttress, Grade II, Class 3 & 4 if one climbs west of the crest as suggested by Beckey, but with some very nice easy class 5 climbing directly on the crest.The buttress is attained from the south end of Colchuck Lake via a shallow gully leading to a col or notch low on the peak. This was an amazing hike to do. You could lose your license for infractions such as picking flowers, refusal to follow social distancing guidelines, and playing music without headphones. Trails Rebooted; Learn how WTA is helping make popular trails more sustainable. My son & I camped overnight and on 8/7/97 the flies were gone from the lake and not a problem until the junction with Stuart Lake. Be sure to check your gas gauge before you head up there. 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). What a jaw dropper of a hike! on The area has several wonderful places to pitch a tent. I brought spikes but didn't need them even at the top. klola Trip Day Hike - Colchuck Lake. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. 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. Because the most edifying purpose of the wilderness is to enable you to earn some sweet sponcon scratch. That's why I stay away. Overall, the icy spots are hard to spot so keep your eyes peeled! We'll see if there's more to it than that. 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. Jun 13, 2020 01:44 PM, Yep, people want to enjoy nature and fresh air. on Who's going to be the arbitrator of who gets to hike? The trail was a mix of packed snow and ice followed by mud, and then more snow/ice. Jun 13, 2020 04:54 PM, new name wasn't my first choice, but lawyers said there would be "issues" with "David S. There are just more people here than there was even 10 yrs ago. Love it. Douglas S. Squirrel 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. Have a great day. This isn't about elitism. This mass stupidity is what hiking has become. There are the lonely trails waiting for those of us who love them. I agree SeattleCyclist, your post is sanctimonious entitled garbage. on A moderate, 9 mile round trip day hike with 2,100 feet of elevation gain. Be prepared to share the trail with hundreds of people; this is an extremely popular route, especially on summer … Everyone pays taxes and this is public land. However, the views at the lake are well worth the effort. Seattle, WA 98104. You pay for a chance. Whatever it takes, hiking "community." Here is a link to the hike and it gives a very good description of what to expect. Dogs, and all pets, are prohibited, except for Service Dogs as defined by Department of Justice regulations 28 C.F.R. It's an emphatic statement, and it's clearly not a void I'm shouting into. Jun 13, 2020 04:34 PM, Douglas S. Squirrel on The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Jun 15, 2020 01:41 PM, This is the exact approach we that should 'not' be taking. It might have been closer to… Douglas S. Squirrel Stop rushing there and snapping photos of yourself like you've just stumbled on a natural beauty no one's ever seen before. BethS on Exponential increase in high impact activity in sensitive alpine/subalpine terrain. You’re totally right! Jun 13, 2020 12:52 PM. The trail continues along western shore of lake to access campsites and the route up Aasgard Pass to the Enchantments. You can't accomplish your mission if you turn a blind eye to the reality of trail use c. 2020. The default strategy everyone comes up with is: increase capacity. Now it looks like a good one to miss! 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. I've sized up the situation (it's a pandemic yall!) 1599) and dives right into the forest. Jun 13, 2020 09:55 AM. on "Our trails are being loved to death". Jun 15, 2020 10:49 AM. Thanks everyone, I agree with all of you ;), grisbarr The red line indicates the hiking trail. And a link to your Insta. If nothing else, it is a temporary salve for the anguish I feel at watching places I love get treated like disposable distractions. And your blog. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Crowds can be fun, sure, but they also bring in the lowest common denominator in greater numbers. 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. But want to know something crazier? The people need to be entertained. Now that I could be down with. Create an extra hurdle that shows you care. Douglas S. Squirrel You don't want to go down that road in the dark. The crowds in the front-country are inevitable. Muledeer 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. The lake is all thawed so we are back to that beautiful aqua sparkling water! Stampede, indeed. C P is an excellent example of this kind of hiker. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Colchuck Lake is breathtaking! Begin on the Stuart La… 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 why do any of the basic hikes along I-90, Route 2, SR20, Rainier and "Colchuck Lake" require reports? on Road at Bridge Creek is gated. Douglas S. Squirrel Jun 15, 2020 06:47 AM. 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! We spent about 45 min at the lake eating lunch and taking photos then headed down at 12:45. Next to Stuart Lake, this has to be one of the most glorious day trips in the area. Central Cascades. Jun 14, 2020 11:05 PM. on If all the people out there hiking actually LOVED the wilderness, we wouldn't see cut switchbacks and piles of human waste, and we wouldn't have to listen to others' music and boisterous conversations, while dodging their off-leash dogs. This post is sanctimonious entitled garbage. Next to Stuart Lake, this has to be one of the most glorious day trips in the area. We got back to the parking lot by 3pm, so total hiking time = 5.5 hrs (that includes a few short breaks). 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. Trail work on the Colchuck Lake Trail. I'd want an application that has to be filled out just right, with information that takes a bit of homework you have to have done in advance. Going up was not too bad however the latter part (closest to the lake) has some steeper grades. Roundtrip: 8.4 miles. What are the criteria to be used to determine this, unless it's by permit lottery, which the majority of people commenting seem to be against. And yes, I know that sounds crazy. on Just reminded me how quickly the weather can change out there! Great trip report! Solo hike to Colchuck. Honestly, we should all be hiding under our beds in pure fear. You can still hike Colchuck, but … First, don't hike them.There are trails that are rarely hiked and could use a few more boots. I like your name change, BTW. Jun 15, 2020 07:05 PM. I didn't go to Colchuck after seeing the crowds too, but this and other crowded pretty places has made me think about how people experience the outdoors. almost 4 years ago. Sooo... you are in favor of crowds on the trails. on on Pumpkins. Seems like this energy (in this trip report and others) can be better put to use by working with land managers, volunteering time, and coming up with constructive solutions instead of just complaining into the void for 15 minutes of collective attention. See? We fueled with cheese danishes. However, the views at the lake are well worth the effort. This! This lake is a real butt-kicker hike but an oh so worth-it destination. I love Colchuck - who doesn't? This must be the eastside version of Lake 22. 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. Douglas S. Squirrel 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. There are also campsites near north end of lake. 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. Douglas S. Squirrel on Colchuck Lake Trail begins at Stuart Lake trailhead and parking lot by Forest Service Road 7601, which can be reached from Icicle Creek Road. That misleading trope right there is a big part of the problem. However, the ground was very hard packed dirt/frozen so the poles didn't dig in well. Article and photo by Craig Romano. The first time you round the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience. Road up to Colchuck/Stuart/Eightmile trailhead is gated as of yesterday 11/5. Camping at Colchuck Lake. Leave yourself plenty of time to do the hike given the early sunset this time of year. We hiked up to colchuck yesterday, 11/24. Oh my god. Si.) 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). My last note is to the WTA itself: the staff, the board, the donors. Confidential to all the people who won't read this trip report, because they're too busy driving to the trailhead, two things: 1.) Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Jun 30, 2020 08:32 AM, Washington Trails Association Rehabilitate lost trails. It is sanctimonious. The jagged peaks and passes surrounding the lake have mystical names like Dragontail and Aasgard Pass. DO NOT GO HERE. Share. Willful narcissism: it's what's for breakfast (and lunch and dinner and Instagram). That makes this the perfect forum. We knew we wanted to arrive at sunrise, so after some hiking time estimates and driving times, we realized we had a shocking 12:30 am wakeup call ahead of us. Don’t go outside and enjoy nature, you’ll catch the plague the moment you step outside and breath fresh air. Testudo montana 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. I like where your head is at. Out of concern for my own impact on those places, I am increasingly ceding them to people who don't even bother to learn the basics before they set foot to trail. on The 8-9 mile roundtrip hike was tiresome, but well worth it. I find my happiness in doing the most I possibly can to help slow the spread of a deadly virus. I've taken up needlepoint. on Jun 14, 2020 05:53 AM. on As this video (reposted by the outmatched Forest Service) shows, people park for miles along the road, creating a one-lane clog. Agreed 100%. But fear not, it's totally doable. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 This alpine lake is accompanied by the twin spires of Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak at the far end of the lake. I was very nervous about taking my honda civic up this road given what I have heard about its conditions but we braved it and my car made it fine - just had to take our time. 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. Douglas S. Squirrel I say, find a way to embrace it and make it work or else, yeah, we'll get all those those vacation homes. on Trip will open for registration to all Mountaineers, based on availability, 7-10 days prior to date of the hike. I hacked into your computer so I could read your discarded drafts and reverse-engineer my way to cleverer retorts. The Lake wasn't frozen over yet. The road up was passable in a FWD Ford Focus. Agreed. Dogs are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area. It's not even a real lake! Alternately, jack up the cost of the passes to $500 each, but give them out for the current cost to people who volunteer with the WTA, the Mountainers, the Conservation Corps, or other similar orgs. Jun 13, 2020 08:09 PM. Tell everyone to let the mountains breathe for a while. Jun 15, 2020 12:12 PM. It was cold (mid 30's-low 40's). I would prefer something meritocratic. Jun 13, 2020 05:35 PM. And thumbs up for illegal parking. 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. We must avoid this at all costs. I'm more than just a cranky squirrel. (I appreciate your parody of this type of report. Colchuck Lake. Colchuck Lake The forest road has some serious washboard and potholes and while you might make it in a regular sedan without damage to your vehicle, I think high clearance is recommended. on Here we crossed our first bridge and the trail starts to climb. Their problem is that they need content to get likes from friends and strangers. 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. - 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 I vote for Mr Squirrel to head up WTA and turn this ship around. 13. We started hiking at 8:40am and reached the lake by noon. and concluded that the right and useful thing to do is to postpone hiking. I don't recall saying I'm OK with vacation homes. Colchuck Lake used to be a hidden gem but is now quickly gaining in popularity. Jun 13, 2020 05:41 PM. Road had some snow/ice patches but no problems making it to the lot. The late melt off is the culprit for this situation. Douglas S. Squirrel “The belief that each of us is the only person in the world despite ample evidence to the contrary” YEP. There was compact snow the entire trail to Colchuck Lake… Forest Service: just close the road. There are quite a few potholes and it is all uphill. We did this as a day hike. These trip reports aren't a solution in and of themselves (i'm still wrestling with what else to do, honestly - what a strategy towards a solution might look like, if it's even not too late), but they're a small down payment: a first attempt to crack open the bedrock assumption that more = better. FawnLeibowitz on Or even worse than that: just more and more impact on fragile, beautiful places. Jun 13, 2020 07:30 PM. Douglas S. Squirrel Here - let's try an experiment. I parked in a no parking zone and hiked anyway, because I HAVE A RIGHT TO HIKE ANYWHERE I WANT WHENEVER I WANT." One person posts a filter-enhanced photo of the lake to that group, and it's on... Of course, everyone being the responsible outdoor enthusiasts that they are, all rules are respected and people who find a full parking lot just go somewhere else right? Help me understand where you're at. on Made it unpleasant to say the least. The Colchuck Lake route via the Stuart Lake Trailhead is a fantastic way to see a gorgeous part of Washington state, plus Aasgard Pass looming above the lake itself. Nope. on Another great hike with the 40+ Meetup group. Dang, no way I can measure up to that. Jun 14, 2020 03:24 PM. I see a hike this crowded and I immediately turn around. A great way to add to your hike at Colchuck Lake is to stay overnight. 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 02:17 PM. I'm a little mammal with big ideas. Jun 13, 2020 01:51 PM. When physical distancing is lifted we should 'point together. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. We used microspikes, as did most people we saw coming up, but Its maybe (barely) passable without them. on Jun 13, 2020 12:04 PM. Douglas S. Squirrel Here's what entitled sounds like: "I went to the Stuart Lake Trailhead. Pretty soon, there isn't going to be anything worth preserving access to. "look what I did today" … sorry but nobody cares. Muledeer It's 8.0 miles round trip to Colchuck Lake, with about 2,200 feet of elevation gain. Just gotta admit when I've been bested. The people swamping trails? Life is too short to start every hike … It started snowing on our way down which was cool. Do a google image search for "Colchuck Lake." Started 6:08, Back to the car at 14:32. emcat166 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. 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