Winter Hike to Colchuck Lake

Rate this Adventure 9 miles 3000 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Connor Charles

An adventurous day hike into the beauty of the Enchantments can provide you with some quiet otherworldy views!

Over the river and through the woods.... and then more woods and a few more rivers and you are there.  

Climbing almost 3000ft in elevation from the trailhead you will arrive in aprox 4.5 miles at the serenity of Colchuck Lake.  Sitting at the base of both Dragontail and Colchuck Peaks, frozen Colchuck lake provides a natural amphitheater rarely glimpsed in nature.  Where you can see from base-to-peak the full expanse of two jagged granite peaks, sustained in natural glory un-intruded by the small town of Leavenworth many miles away.  

Wether you plan to stay the night or take in the afternoon, this hike is well worth the sometimes strenuous effort.  

From the access road branching off of Icicle Creek Road drive until you hit the gate (closed for winter).  Here park your car and begin your hike up the rest of the access road (aprox 2.5-3miles) until you reach the trailhead.  Here you will be at 8 Mile Lake Parking lot.  From here follow trail #1599 - Stuart Lake Trail into the forrest until you reach the junction of trail #1599A- Colchuck Lake, here you will turn left and head across a wooden bridge and Mountaineers Creek.  A prefect spot to stop, to fill water, and to have a break.  From here the terrain becomes much steeper and the snow ruts much deeper.

Note:  The Enchantments are a permit only zone during certain parts of the year (June-Oct).  That being said, make sure you are ware of this prior to heading into that area as it is patrolled regularly to maintain the natural atmosphere and reduce the human impact.

Follow Connor and his Adventures on his WebsiteInstagram and Tumblr .

Read More

Tags

Fitness
Camping
Photography
Backpacking
Hiking
Forest
Groups
Lake
Scenic
Wildlife

Reviews

Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

Stay Nearby

Leavenworth, Washington

Eightmile Group Site

Overview Nestled in a forest canopy of pine and fir on the banks of Icicle Creek, Eightmile Group Campground in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offers a peaceful setting for groups and large g...

Leavenworth, Washington

Bridge Creek Group Site

Overview Bridge Creek Group Campground sits in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in northwest Washington. Nestled in a mountainous forest near the confluence of Bridge Creek and Icicle Creek, the ...

Leavenworth, Washington

Icicle Group Campground

Overview Nestled in a forest canopy of pine and fir on the banks of Icicle Creek, Icicle Group Campground in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offers a peaceful setting for groups and large gathe...

Leavenworth, Washington

LOGE Leavenworth

Hostels starts at $55, hotel rooms start at $150 Your own private cabin with a river view, or bunk with all your friends (and meet new friends) in our co-ed community style hostel! Grassy lawn, fir...

From $55/night

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike to Lake Stuart

    Begin this hike at the Lake Stuart trailhead at the end of Eightmile road just outside of Leavenworth, Washington. The trail follows Mountaineer Creek and leads you across a log bridge over the falls. After the bridge, the trail narrows and stee...

    9 miles 1665 ft gain

  • Hike to the Enchantments' Horseshoe Lake

    Getting There From Leavenworth, WA, drive Icicle Creek Road for 8.5 miles until you reach Bridge Creek Campground. Turn left here onto Forest Service Road #7601 signed for the Stuart Lake Trailhead. The pavements ends and the road gains elevation ...

    16 miles 6000 ft gain

  • Scramble to the Summit of Dragontail Peak

    Getting There From Leavenworth, WA, drive Icicle Creek Road for 8.5 miles until you reach Bridge Creek Campground. Turn left here onto Forest Service Road #7601 signed for the Stuart Lake Trailhead. The pavements ends and the road gains elevation ...

    16 miles 7000 ft gain

  • Day Hike the Enchantments

    Start at the Stuart Lake trailhead, which at 3400' is a full 2000' higher than the Snow Lake trailhead you'll finish at. Put 2.5 easy miles under your feet along Mountaineer Creek before turning left on the trail up to Colchuck Lake. The trail ste...

    18 miles 6000 ft gain