How about: they divide the area up into even more zones, and you have to provide an itinerary of the zones you'll, in the correct sequence from entry point to intermediate destinations and exit point, even for day permits? The trip to the lake is just under 4 mi (6.44 km). Running won't help. Colchuck Lake used to be a hidden gem but is now quickly gaining in popularity. Just reminded me how quickly the weather can change out there! Or - even worse - crack their Pixel and be unable to snap a selfie. Long and Kathy Long made the first recorde… - The Dawn Wall: Please provide a detailed expedition-style report as if you are the first person ever to attempt the heroic feat of reaching the never-before-glimpsed wonders of a 6-mile hike gaining less than 2,000 feet. on I highly suggest getting started early as it gets very busy later in the day and it's a bit annoying to keep stopping to let people pass. A great way to add to your hike at Colchuck Lake is to stay overnight. Another great hike with the 40+ Meetup group. We used microspikes, as did most people we saw coming up, but Its maybe (barely) passable without them. Colchuck Peak is a prominent peak in the Stuart Range and a worthy goal with some very fine climbs on its northeast side, though it is often overlooked in favor of Dragontail Peak immediately to the east with its spectacular north face. The road up was passable in a FWD Ford Focus. on It was my first time in the enchantments and a beautiful November day. Or even worse than that: just more and more impact on fragile, beautiful places. Did I miss anything? Muledeer Honestly, we should all be hiding under our beds in pure fear. Jun 13, 2020 12:52 PM. Here - let's try an experiment. Central Cascades. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Wall it off below Eight Mile. It's what drives development like Snoqualmie Ridge and Suncadia where previously wild spaces (mostly wild - perhaps logged years earlier) get repurposed for resource-intensive homes so people can feel "close to nature." Without hourly reports, an unwitting hiker might show up and twist their ankle on a rock that has been loosened in the last 60 minutes or they might be caught unawares by the last remnants of a small snow patch and - having not been told to pack microspikes, crampons, ice skates, bear spray, and a zamboni - slip, strike their head AND DIE. 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. Rehabilitate lost trails. Dogs, and all pets, are prohibited, except for Service Dogs as defined by Department of Justice regulations 28 C.F.R. Unfortunately it rained the day of our hike. The default strategy everyone comes up with is: increase capacity. The lake was, as usual, insanely beautiful and I could have stayed forever. The route to Colchuck Lake is the easiest and most popular way for people to see the glorious Enchantments. I would prefer something meritocratic. The easiest routes are scrambles from the south and / or the Colchuck Col at the top of the Colchuck Glacier to the east. I enjoyed the variety of this trail - forest, views etc. This alpine lake is accompanied by the twin spires of Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak at the far end of the lake. It’s terrible for you!!!! The Enchantments: Hike to Colchuck Lake. If you plan to camp overnight in this area you will need to come prepared. That makes this the perfect forum. Jun 13, 2020 04:54 PM, new name wasn't my first choice, but lawyers said there would be "issues" with "David S. These trip reports aren't a solution in and of themselves (i'm still wrestling with what else to do, honestly - what a strategy towards a solution might look like, if it's even not too late), but they're a small down payment: a first attempt to crack open the bedrock assumption that more = better. Trip Report. I like where your head is at. In fact, it's on more than ever - we've done a great job spreading coronavirus. on Other people don't mind the crowds, they may prefer a busy trail, and even feel safer from both wildlife and humans when there are other people always in sight. on However, the views at the lake are well worth the effort. Washington Trails Association Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. The stark truth, though, is that this isn't sustainable. The parking area can be busy, as visitors access the Enchantments and Stuart Lake from this trailhead. on It was my first time in the enchantments and a beautiful November day. That's what I would like to see, along the lines of what Testudo suggested above. Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. Again, loved your rant. It’s a pristine alpine lake with soaring, jagged mountains above you, turquoise clear water below, and the added plus: water warm enough you can stomach swimming in. on See? Colchuck Lake. on Sooo... you are in favor of crowds on the trails. Now that I could be down with. Begin on the Stuart Lake Trail #1599. Go Hiking Trip Reports Colchuck Lake. Crowds can be fun, sure, but they also bring in the lowest common denominator in greater numbers. Who the hell wants to try and enjoy nature when the line is like Disneyland? Quick Facts. This isn't about elitism. As this video (reposted by the outmatched Forest Service) shows, people park for miles along the road, creating a one-lane clog. I think the crowds just represent a different way to enjoy the wilderness, and the parks and national forest should provide some means to handle them, like in Canada, perhaps well engineered trails, more toilet facilities, trash service and personnel to handle the crowds. Now it looks like a good one to miss! The people swamping trails? Jun 15, 2020 05:32 PM, Interesting idea, I've earned both my Discover pass and a FS pass doing trailwork, and you do have an appreciation of the work involved in making and maintaining a trail, Muledeer 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Find a trail that is in danger of being lost, take a pair of clippers and go hike it, clipping brush out at the same time. The DNR approach of building in capacity seems the best, focus the crowds in the various 'sacrificial areas' e.g. on That misleading trope right there is a big part of the problem. “Call someplace paradise (and post photos on Instagram), kiss it goodbye...” - Eagles, seattlenativemike on Overview of Colchuck Lake via WTA.org; Get turn-by-turn driving directions to the trailhead via Google Maps; Bring plenty of water. These are the kinds of conversations we need to start having, like, 10 years ago. BethS Willful narcissism: it's what's for breakfast (and lunch and dinner and Instagram). There is a creek crossing that has some very icy rocks, so go slow on that part! Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. I vote for Mr Squirrel to head up WTA and turn this ship around. This! goats are a real problem up there and are crazy for anything salty, like packs, straps, etc. It's not even a real lake! Road at Bridge Creek is gated. I don't believe that is really true. We can't do both. A moderate, 9 mile round trip day hike with 2,100 feet of elevation gain. Just gotta admit when I've been bested. Cars were parked along the road by this point. It's very relaxing. The stuff that gets them that content? This lake is a real butt-kicker hike but an oh so worth-it destination. Trip Day Hike - Colchuck Lake. I can think of a few off the MLH that make excellent family hikes, but you can't get there in your average paasinger car anymore. I want things to go back to normal as reliably and quickly as possible (too late for that, thanks to attitudes like yours, but still...), so if I can help increase the likelihood of that by not hiking, sign me up. 100% agreed, though, that the forces driving the situation I describe are formidable. BethS The crowds in the front-country are inevitable. The trailhead is easily found from the parking area. I see a hike this crowded and I immediately turn around. 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