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We ended up getting a pass for three days back in June, which is still considered the shoulder season. It was chilly hiking, though you worked up a sweat and ended up taking the layers off. Once we stopped moving and were setting up the...More
I couldn't get the permit for the whole Enchantments so we went for two parts of the lowest lakes. In one day we hiked up to Colchuck Lake, Stuart and back. In the other day we went from Icicle road all the way up to...More
Enter the lottery to get a permit to spend the night- a lot of people do the 20 mile hike in a day, but that doesn't give you a chance to truly appreciate the scenery. Definitely bring bug spray, and watch where you pee since...More
There were a lot of people of trail but that was no biggie, I never felt crowed. This hike itself is a great workout, to get to the lake you are hiking four miles uphill, my boyfriend and I made it to the lake in...More
You know when Homer Simpson laments - "this is why we can't have nice things." Well that applies here. The Enchantments are beautiful but abused by trail runners and through hikers that do the 20 mile hike in a day and circumvent the permit and...More
Try for the lottery pass in order to spend at least one night in this beautiful area. Best results come if you can try to enter the Enchantments lottery for a mid week hike. If you are not a solid backpacker, consider going to Stuart...More
On trails-day the trailhead was packed with cars. We arrived at 820a and had to park down the road a bit. By the time we finished the cars were parked a full mile from the trailhead. Get there early if you want an...More
If you are fortunate enough to get picked out of the lottery, I would recommend sleeping at Colchuck Lake and the trying Aasgard Pass the next day. It is a tough hike but the result is worth it. The Enchantment Lakes atop Aasgard pass feel...More
I love hikes where I can incorporate swimming/diving and that is why Colchuck Lake was high on my list of places to visit this year. I wanted to swim in the shadow of Dragontail Peak. But as much as I wanted to like it, I...More
Colchuck Lake is one of the gateways into the Enchantments. From the lake you can view Aasgard Pass which is for more serious hikers/backpackers to enter the Enchantments and that have received a pass to camp overnight.
We did this as a day hike. The...More
I hiked to Colchuck Lk. on the last day of June last year (2017). The weather was consistently warm (mid 70’s) the whole way and bright (bring sunscreen/ sun hat / sunglasses). The trail has some shade through the forest... More
I hiked to Colchuck Lk. on the last day of June last year (2017). The weather was consistently warm (mid 70’s) the whole way and bright (bring sunscreen/ sun hat / sunglasses). The trail has some shade through the forest but you will definitely work up a good sweat as it is a steady uphill slog the whole way to the lake. Dress light, but bring a layer to put on when you stop.
Yes, hiking boots are definitely a good idea as the terrain is steadily uphill with rocky areas to pass through and also damp areas.