The parking lot was full. Long and Kathy Long made the first recorde… Jun 13, 2020 12:04 PM. I further decree that the types of reports shall be three, with a fourth reserved solely for royalty: - The Ira Spring: This is the one where the person decides to re-write the description of the trail itself. The Enchantments: Hike to Colchuck Lake. Jun 13, 2020 09:04 PM, I feel your pain DS, however, no lottery, rule, closure or virus will solve the core problem which is, as I see it; too many people in the PNW, outdoor retailers who market skill and knowledge with the simple procurement of their products and the cult following of social media. The route follows a peaceful stream through a lush forest, then climbs steeply to Colchuck Lake where the views of Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak won't disappoint. Land Agency: National Forest Service. A great way to add to your hike at Colchuck Lake is to stay overnight. Jun 13, 2020 07:09 PM, tim0 Dogs are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area. Jun 13, 2020 08:09 PM. I've volunteered. on - but the place means more to me, though, than my desire to see it. That's why I stay away. I'm hoping he weighs in with specifics and shows that this isn't just his way of saying: "I don't want to hear it / shut up." The Colchuck Lake route via the Stuart Lake Trailhead is a fantastic way to see a gorgeous part of Washington state, plus Aasgard Pass looming above the lake itself. Colchuck Lake Tips & Hiking Resources. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. They don't care what it takes to maintain trails and trailheads. I accept your nomination. Did you listen to your own advice and not go? Jun 14, 2020 06:02 AM, Cascadian_Hiker A hiker stands in awe of Colchuck Lake's stark beauty. I like where your head is at. "look what I did today" … sorry but nobody cares. on But want to know something crazier? Douglas S. Squirrel Jun 13, 2020 06:12 PM. If all the people out there hiking actually LOVED the wilderness, we wouldn't see cut switchbacks and piles of human waste, and we wouldn't have to listen to others' music and boisterous conversations, while dodging their off-leash dogs. Oh my god. 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. Everyone and their uncle is flocking to this hike, courtesy of a certain Facebook group (that should really be renamed "The People for the Overpopulation of Lake Colchuck and Lake 22"). It's gated down at the Eightmile turnoff (FR 7601). Road had some snow/ice patches but no problems making it to the lot. A moderate, 9 mile round trip day hike with 2,100 feet of elevation gain. Dogs, and all pets, are prohibited, except for Service Dogs as defined by Department of Justice regulations 28 C.F.R. on DO NOT GO HERE. A tad over 9 would be more accurate and we didn't hike to the other side of the lake by Aasgard pass. I know it's not an easy solution to contemplate, since the slashing of public expenditures has trapped DNR and USFS in a fee-for-service model for funding; but I can't think of anything more important to hiking (much less the state of Washington's most beautiful places) than directly confronting that catch-22. almost 4 years ago. Rehabilitate lost trails. Road at Bridge Creek is gated. Jun 15, 2020 01:41 PM, This is the exact approach we that should 'not' be taking. I don't recall saying I'm OK with vacation homes. Your odds of getting to see a place like this should be directly proportional to the extent to which you give a s***. nor capacity for handling crowds would be detrimental to the environment and not to mention encourage folks to drive 2+ hours one way to reach. Like other reports state, you have to hike up the road to the trailhead. The Colchuck Lake hike is undoubtedly one of the PNW's best and is VFC's favorite, aside from what sits beyond the lakes in the Enchantments. The trail to Colchuck Lake was perfect. WTA is the most influential hiking advocacy group in the state, and a trip report like this is a way for this community to communicate in a very visible way that there is a concern that isn't being discussed. They're not who will support you. I have no way of knowing for sure, but a trip report like this probably generates more chatter than all their blog posts and 1,000 normal trip reports combined. 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