Hello and welcome to another hiking blog post, content that you all seem to enjoy very much! Colchuck Lake hike is the one you should be hiking if you have never hiked in this Eastern side of Washington. It’s a fun hike with unbeatable views, especially at the lake. On sunny days, the alpine water is deep blue in the shade and bright aquamarine in sunlight. The water is so clear and mesmorizing. Definitely on my top 10 hikes I’ve ever done in Washington.
You’d notice some campers packing ropes and camping gears passing through, it’s possible that they’ve gotten their camping pass a year in advance to hike the Enchantments. It’s one of my goals and hope I’ll get to do the Enchantments one of these days.
Location: Central Cascades, Leavenworth Area.
Length: 8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation gain: 2300 feet.
No dogs are allowed.
Northwest Forest Pass required.
Parking for about 20-30 cars, and the rest has to be parked on the right side of the road and hike in. There’s a toilet available in the lot.
It took about 3 hours to get to the trailhead, called Stuart and Lake Colchuck trailhead, and about 6 – 7 hours to finish the entire hike. It was intense and exhausting but well-worth it.
You can read about the trail conditions and other people’s reviews, pretty up to date, here. I hiked this one two weekends ago and got really lucky because it was one of the most gorgeous days we had in awhile. It was super sunny, hence the gorgeous blue green lake color.
We for sure did not anticipate this long of a hike and wish we packed more food and water for sure. It was really closed to Leavenworth, the cute German town, so we stopped by for some brats and beers afterward. Such a fun day to explore the eastern side of Washington.
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