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. It's 8.0 miles round trip to Colchuck Lake, with about 2,200 feet of elevation gain.
If you're considering heading beyond Colchuck Lake, be prepared for the mighty climb up Aasgard Pass (also known as Colchuck Pass), with a very challenging nearly 2,000 feet of elevation gain in less than a mile to reach the Core Enchantments area (but well worth the hard work). Use extreme caution when snow is present, due to hidden hazards that have taken the lives of several unaware hikers.
An overnight permit is required is staying at Colchuck Lake from May 15 - October 31, but day hiking only requires a self issued wilderness permit. Dogs are prohibited on this trail.
In the parking lot there is a vault toilet. The trailhead itself is at the far end (south side) of the parking lot.
Read more about the Core Enchantments area, here.
It's a long hike in, though worth the effort for the views. Taking children beyond Colchuck Lake and up Aasgard Pass isn't recommended.
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