Beautiful Colchuck

06/30/13

Beautiful Colchuck

A trip report for Colchuck Lake
Posted by Chris Berry
Road Issues: Minor potholes
Trail Condition: Easy to navigate
Bugs: Bring spray
Snow Level: Only after 7,000 ft

Went up to Colchuck as a basecamp for a climb this weekend. Beautiful views and a perfect weather window. The lake is frigid, but still swimmable for those daring enough and the goats came into camp to say hello as well. Due to the recent flash floods and rapidly melting snow the trail is under water for 50 yards after the second river crossing. This is the area after both the intersection of the Colchuck Lake and Stuart Lake trails and the actual bridge crossing. It is pretty easily navigated around by staying high on the talus field along the side of the trail until it comes out of the water again. We didn't have much luck fishing out on the spit of land near our campsite, but we were told that using woolly buggers near the dam have been having some success.

The pass is nearly snow free!

Goats invading our camp on the lake.

Comments (3)

So excited to do this hike the 1st weekend of October. The pictures remind me of Banff. Spectacular scenery, makes me want to cry its so beautiful!

Definitely still very high! No beach, but the river and waterfalls are roaring.

Goats! Is the lake's water level still pretty high, or is there beach at the south end?