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Colchuck Glacier

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 3.5 (2) SKI LINE

A long, sustained run in a broad gully from high Colchuck to alpine 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

0' 0 m

Up

2,349' 716 m

Down

51%

Avg Slope (27°)

64%

Max Slope (33°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

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 approach is by a well-marked trail (still used significantly in winter) to Colchuck Lake. The skin track can go anywhere up the gully.

Description

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

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  3.5 from 2 votes

#493

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  3.5 from 2 votes
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#25

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#493

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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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May 5, 2021
DCrane
The ski line is all time. The approach is heinous at the wrong time of year. 9 hours to go 6 miles to camp by the lake. Lots of transitions from sn…