Jun 13, 2020 01:57 PM. Colchuck Lake; Road to TH is closed for the winter. Douglas S. Squirrel Everyone pays taxes and this is public land. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Putting words to that anguish feels good and motivates me to think about what else to do. Jun 13, 2020 12:24 PM. And it's not the first time. Trip will open for registration to all Mountaineers, based on availability, 7-10 days prior to date of the hike. Quick Facts. 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." Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. 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. The myth of the natural leads people to consume wild spaces more and more. on 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. It's 8.0 miles round trip to Colchuck Lake, with about 2,200 feet of elevation gain. Muledeer Now it looks like a good one to miss! We can solve it if we want to. Bring layers as the weather at the lake can change drastically in minutes. COVID actually is terrible for you. Douglas S. Squirrel When physical distancing is lifted we should 'point together. The jagged peaks and passes surrounding the lake have mystical names like Dragontail and Aasgard Pass. C P is an excellent example of this kind of hiker. We got back to the parking lot by 3pm, so total hiking time = 5.5 hrs (that includes a few short breaks). (I appreciate your parody of this type of report. SonicsGhost My hiking partner and I made it up to Colchuck Lake in two hours. With my newfound power, I command you, oh hikers of Washington: WRITE MORE TRIP REPORTS! 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. Douglas S. Squirrel Jun 13, 2020 02:17 PM. I see I've met my match in rhetorical skill. Jun 15, 2020 08:40 PM. The rest of the trail up was clear and pretty much perfect. And thumbs up for illegal parking. You have a different appreciation for a place when you've invested sweat in. on I'll wait. Central Cascades. 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. 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. emcat166 Jun 15, 2020 07:05 PM. You can't turn back the clock. Congratulations, btw, on your brave trek up the imposing Mt. 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. There are several high points with the western most being the true summit. Douglas S. Squirrel Seattle, WA 98104. What a jaw dropper of a hike! The late melt off is the culprit for this situation. Jun 14, 2020 05:53 AM. "Caring is lame." Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Most people on trails haven't invested anything in the land, and it shows. Old trails are not going to be hiked by the masses looking for the trophy hikes anyway. Muledeer Douglas S. Squirrel In summer, cars fill not only the trailhead parking lot, but the road leading to it. on Or even worse than that: just more and more impact on fragile, beautiful places. jools Hiked Oct 19, 2020. "Nunh unh!!" The route to Colchuck Lake is the easiest and most popular way for people to see the glorious Enchantments. This hike is challenging in that it is mostly up, and up, and up. 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. These are the kinds of conversations we need to start having, like, 10 years ago. on A great way to add to your hike at Colchuck Lake is to stay overnight. 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. 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. Solo hike to Colchuck. Spread out. It’s a big part of boosting your immune system, not to mention mental and physical health. 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. Hiked from the bridge at Bridge Creek campground clear up to the lake and back. Create an extra hurdle that shows you care. on on on on You will hike counter-clockwise around Colchuck Lake. Nice work!! 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. 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). It is not enough to have daily updates from the dangerous wilds of Lake Serene, Lake 22, and Mount Pilchuck. Don’t go outside and enjoy nature, you’ll catch the plague the moment you step outside and breath fresh air. 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. I am pretty sure 100+ helpful votes makes this the second most up-voted report ever posted. The trip to the lake is just under 4 mi (6.44 km). I enjoyed the variety of this trail - forest, views etc. I love Colchuck - who doesn't? The crowds in the front-country are inevitable. Hiking to Colchuck Lake. I like your name change, BTW. But fear not, it's totally doable. Jun 15, 2020 02:22 PM. 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. Jun 14, 2020 05:32 AM, Dream Delay We can either protect wilderness or pretend to care. From the lake you can view Aasgard Pass which is for more serious hikers/backpackers to enter the Enchantments and that have received a pass to camp overnight. We hiked Colchuck yesterday and it was absolutely beautiful. Sir-Hikes-A-Lot Spread people out and reduce impact. 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. DO NOT GO HERE. 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 Colchuck lake. Trail work on the Colchuck Lake Trail. Jun 13, 2020 07:09 PM, tim0 I can only conclude its another form of begging for ephemeral 'social media' currency …. No one ever wants to deal with the other side of the equation, which is much more important: demand. Jun 13, 2020 09:55 AM. 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. I parked in a no parking zone and hiked anyway, because I HAVE A RIGHT TO HIKE ANYWHERE I WANT WHENEVER I WANT." I am a fairly experienced hiker but this hike was challenging for me given the length, temperature and elevation gain. Colchuck Lake. Trails Rebooted; Learn how WTA is helping make popular trails more sustainable. That notwithstanding, I'm not cowering in fear. 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. - 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. Douglas S. Squirrel Rehabilitate lost trails. Get Trail News Jun 15, 2020 06:47 AM. Or - even worse - crack their Pixel and be unable to snap a selfie. This alpine lake is accompanied by the twin spires of Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak at the far end of the lake. They don't care what it takes to maintain trails and trailheads. 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. Testudo montana It used to be that you would find a location in a book, or better still a map, research and then get prepared which was part of the appeal and why traditionally hikers were survival experts. We used microspikes, as did most people we saw coming up, but Its maybe (barely) passable without them. The 8-9 mile roundtrip hike was tiresome, but well worth it. A hiker stands in awe of Colchuck Lake's stark beauty. Help me understand where you're at. Dogs are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area. 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. 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. We started hiking at 8:40am and reached the lake by noon. Read About these trails in our Hiking Guide Colchuck Lake; Note: This is more of a volunteer vacation report than a trip report. Agreed. Here - let's try an experiment. Elitism doesn't work, not in environmentalism either. Jun 14, 2020 01:16 PM. Honestly, we should all be hiding under our beds in pure fear. We'll see if there's more to it than that. 100% agreed, though, that the forces driving the situation I describe are formidable. Type of Hike Day hike. ngie I've taken up needlepoint. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. I've volunteered. Actually there IS something people can do about overrun trails. And a link to your Insta. That hike they did? on Jul 3, 2015 - Set beneath two of Washington’s tallest peaks, Colchuck Lake is an alpine gem. on 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. The trail was a mix of packed snow and ice followed by mud, and then more snow/ice. 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. Colchuck Lake used to be a hidden gem but is now quickly gaining in popularity. If he means volunteer for work parties, that doesn't solve the things I'm talking about. Douglas S. Squirrel The argument has always been: if we let people use these lands, they will protect them. on Another great hike with the 40+ Meetup group. 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. Jun 14, 2020 06:31 PM, Very entertaining! I don't believe that is really true. You can still hike Colchuck, but … “Call someplace paradise (and post photos on Instagram), kiss it goodbye...” - Eagles, seattlenativemike Jun 13, 2020 12:52 PM. ricola Jun 14, 2020 11:05 PM. I would prefer something meritocratic. CHS Tacoma September Hike: Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. WTA trail work party. I further decree that the types of reports shall be three, with a fourth reserved solely for royalty: - The Ira Spring: This is the one where the person decides to re-write the description of the trail itself. on Cars were parked along the road by this point. The people need to be entertained. You're in a position - maybe the best position of all - to do something about it. The stuff that gets them that content? There are also campsites near north end of lake. This isn't about elitism. Part 35.136. Willful narcissism: it's what's for breakfast (and lunch and dinner and Instagram). 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. 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 belief that each of us is the only person in the world despite ample evidence to the contrary” YEP. Life is too short to start every hike … Be prepared to share the trail with hundreds of people; this is an extremely popular route, especially on summer … 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. The hike is hard but not as hard as I expected. Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. JeffReigns Be sure to check your gas gauge before you head up there. The first time you round the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience. Print. on on Complete turn off, and that was before covid. I agree with others that the trail is more than 8 miles. As a climber I appreciate good beta and traditionally would look for condition reports for specific alpine objectives. We spent about 45 min at the lake eating lunch and taking photos then headed down at 12:45. It's gated down at the Eightmile turnoff (FR 7601). on 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. Stampede, indeed. Without hourly reports, an unwitting hiker might show up and twist their ankle on a rock that has been loosened in the last 60 minutes or they might be caught unawares by the last remnants of a small snow patch and - having not been told to pack microspikes, crampons, ice skates, bear spray, and a zamboni - slip, strike their head AND DIE. Trip Report. Advocate for clearing up the access roads. Tmber.com narrates a hike up to spectacular Colchuck Lake near Leavenworth, Washington. It's not even a real lake! Now that I could be down with. on A moderate, 9 mile round trip day hike with 2,100 feet of elevation gain. 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! on 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. The lake was partly frozen and very beautiful with the snowy mountains around it. 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. And you've done your part by crowding onto trails too soon. This lake is a real butt-kicker hike but an oh so worth-it destination. 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. Additionally, I will never understand why people actually spend time writing "trip reports" on this site. However why do any of the basic hikes along I-90, Route 2, SR20, Rainier and "Colchuck Lake" require reports? The lake was, as usual, insanely beautiful and I could have stayed forever. 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. 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. The lake itself was beautiful and we watched a lot of groups going up and down Aasgard pass.We heard reports that the mtn. I don't recall saying I'm OK with vacation homes. on Crowds can be fun, sure, but they also bring in the lowest common denominator in greater numbers. on My last note is to the WTA itself: the staff, the board, the donors. on I was up there once in the fall during the week, not near as crazy. 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. I've contributed to policy. ; Wyoming, but don’t tell anybody , snowmonkey 1599) and dives right into the forest. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Just reminded me how quickly the weather can change out there! During a pandemic. Please let us help you get your follower count up, you attention w...uh, I mean: narcissist. It is sanctimonious. 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 … Colchuck was gorgeous, and as one of the first day hikers to arrive at the lake, I enjoyed some peace and quiet at the north end of the lake watching a bald eagle sitting on a branchless tree on the left shore of the lake and a few tiny specks climb Colchuck Peak. on Douglas S. Squirrel on Colchuck Lake The land is public and everyone can use it, but the improvements to it are classified differently. 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. Jun 13, 2020 12:58 PM. There'd also be an annual volunteer hours requirement. Did you listen to your own advice and not go? Do a google image search for "Colchuck Lake." Begin on the Stuart Lake Trail #1599. Jun 13, 2020 05:35 PM. The trail to Colchuck Lake was perfect. But make it fun to read. I see a hike this crowded and I immediately turn around. That's why I stay away. Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. Your community is speaking to you. Douglas S. Squirrel 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. As you ascend, it gets a bit icy in spots but it is easy to navigate if you go slowly. Jarv Your odds of getting to see a place like this should be directly proportional to the extent to which you give a s***. Jun 14, 2020 07:58 AM. Many people camp in this area during the summer months and others are brave enough to do it in the winter. The red line indicates the hiking trail. Next to Stuart Lake, this has to be one of the most glorious day trips in the area. Jun 15, 2020 04:18 PM. The Enchantments: Hike to Colchuck Lake. Article and photo by Craig Romano. Coming up with creative approaches to managing that overuse isn't a policy priority, near as I can tell. Cobalt blue waters beneath a wall of rock and ice. Social media is killing hiking in general. Here is a link to the hike and it gives a very good description of what to expect. He has opened up quite a few trails off the MLH and in the North Cascades doing this. Here's what the opposite of that sounds like (I'm quoting myself here): "I in fact have stayed away from the mountains since the shelter in place order went into effect..." As for garbage, you are entitled to your opinion, but a lot more people like my opinion than like your opinion. 13. Washington Trails Association Popularizing locations where there is no infrastructure (roads, sanitation etc.) Scratch_That_Hiking_Itch on Colchuck Lake. Colchuck, ricola I hacked into your computer so I could read your discarded drafts and reverse-engineer my way to cleverer retorts. Douglas squirrels and needlepoint; two of my favorite things! The two mindsets (hiking exceptionalism, covid do-nothingism) are related. Whatever it takes, hiking "community." Dang, no way I can measure up to that. 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. You’ll want at least one liter or more. With an elevation gain of over 2000 feet, the hike to Colchuck lake is challenging. Leave yourself plenty of time to do the hike given the early sunset this time of year. Good! on Really good and quiet day in the mountains. 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. Douglas S. Squirrel Overview of Colchuck Lake via WTA.org; Get turn-by-turn driving directions to the trailhead via Google Maps; Bring plenty of water. A tad over 9 would be more accurate and we didn't hike to the other side of the lake by Aasgard pass. 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). on Douglas S. 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