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Colchuck Lake Approach

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A mellow, then steep push to Colchuck Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

Ascent

5,634' 1,717 m

High

3,423' 1,043 m

Low

2,287' 697 m

Up

75' 23 m

Down

10%

Avg Slope (6°)

46%

Max Slope (25°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking here.

Backcountry camping is available by permit only from June 15 - October 15. Permits can be obtained via a lottery that opens in February. There are also a limited number of same-day permits that are given out at the Leavenworth Ranger station, usually at 7 am.

Description

This beautiful approach is a combination of the Stuart Lake Trail #1599, which starts at Stuart Lake Trailhead (3,400' elevation) to the Colchuck Lake Trail #1599.1.

The approach gradually climbs through the forest along Mountaineer Creek to the junction with Colchuck Lake Trail. Turn left here, and the trail soon crosses Mountaineer Creek. The trail is sometimes steep for the next 1.6 miles from the creek crossing to the north side of Colchuck lake, which is at 5,570' elevation. There are beautiful views of Colchuck Lake, with Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak rising 3,000 feet above south end of lake. The skin track can go anywhere up the gully.

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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

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