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A long, sustained run in a broad gully from high Colchuck Peak to the alpine Colchuk Lake.


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0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

Ski Line

8,010' 2,441 m

High

5,660' 1,725 m

Low

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Up

2,349' 716 m

Down

51%

Avg Slope (27°)

64%

Max Slope (33°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

A beautiful, sustained run in a north-facing bowl/gully that can hold great powder.

Need to Know

The lake is not always frozen solid on warm days. The approach is long and can be frustrating with tricky, icy, up-and-down trail for 7-8 miles if the gate is closed.

The Colchuck Lake Approach is a well-marked combination of two trails (still used significantly in winter) to Colchuck Lake. The skin track can go anywhere up the gully.

Description

The run starts from the Dragontail-Colchuck col with an amazing view south to Rainier and Adams. From there, you just follow the snow-covered remnants of the Colchuck Glacier down to the north towards Colchuck Lake. There are no trees on this run so avalanche assessment is a must.

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Shared By:

Sam Bedell

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#25

in Washington

#579

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The Colchuck Glacier is the obvious snow slope from the Dragontail-Colchuck col down to Colchuck Lake.
Apr 25, 2015 near Leavenw…, WA
Looking down the Colchuck Glacier from the Dragontail-Colchuck notch.
Apr 25, 2015 near Leavenw…, WA

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