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    7 months, 1 week ago
    Hiked this trail Oct. 2017. Beautiful scenery, fun and challenging trail.
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    8 months, 2 weeks ago
    Stated at the trailhead about 4am, lot was half full (I imagine with thru hikers and those with permits to stay overnight.). Didn’t encounter many people on the trail. Beautiful clear night skies with the moon so bright. Used headlamps for the first 2-3 miles until the light started to come out. Fall colors were just beginning to show. Amazing views wherever you get the chance to peak out from the trees. We made it to the lake about 30 minutes too late to watch the darkness lift and the light illuminate the lake. Was still just as beautiful with the morning glow. The larches were so bright and yellow! We brought breakfast to cook as we sat and just admired the lake the the scenery and talking about thru hiking the enchantments next year. Wandered around the lake for about an hour then headed back down. Now in the daylight we were able to view the creek/river on the way down that teased us on the way up.
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    8 months, 2 weeks ago
    We started at 4 a.m. just to be in the mountains as the sun rose. If hiked this in August and forgot that Colchuck makes you work for it closer to the end! So expect steeper toward the top, but the journey through the trees is fairly gradual. Larches are golden, the lake is perfection! Steady stream of traffic going up on our way down, even for a weekday. Start early! Wishing well to the overnighter with core permits we saw heading up with huge packs! Hope you all made it!
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    10 months ago
    YIKES! The hike up to Aasgard Pass via Colchuck Lake is one hell of a climb. That said, it's one of my most memorable hikes, too, especially the scramble down in the dark, looking for cairns (and not finding them) in the soft glow of our headlamps! If you're doing this in a day, leave yourself plenty of time, and bring plenty of snacks... Definitely worth the effort! Just use a lot of caution, especially if there's any snow.
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    10 months ago
    Beautiful lake, like so many of our alpine lakes! A friend and I hiked up here on our way up through the Enchantments. We were pretty rushed as we were doing the whole trail in a day, but Colchuck Lake was a great stopover—just wish we could have camped there instead! Maybe next time, if we're ever able to get the permit for it. It's definitely worth the trip out even for the afternoon though, and has great views of Aasgard pass above.
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    10 months, 3 weeks ago
    Because of the special permit zone in the Enchantments, I haven't yet had the opportunity to camp in any of the various zones. I have, however, been able to do a day-trip up to climb Prusik Peak via Aasgard Pass (amazing, but makes for a looong day, from about 4am to 2am). This time (early June), I went up the Snow Lakes trail sans ropes, stopping for a chilly but beautiful swim at Nada Lake. By the time we arrived at Snow Lakes (only a little snow on the ground), thunder clouds were rolling in and we had to high-tail it back to the car, about 7 miles back the way we came. Less steep than the Aasgard Pass side of the Enchantments, I really enjoyed the hike through dense forest and talus slopes. There was plenty of fresh water along the route, not to mention it was beautifully crystal clear. There were few bugs and the trail was dry. Next time, I really hope to be able to camp up there.
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