Back in August, when Landon was still in Kentucky, Adam and I ventured to the Central Cascades for a hike to Colchuck Lake. This lake is part of a larger area known as the Enchantments which is a spectacular area just outside of Leavenworth, WA. We know we want to explore the enchantments from top to bottom, but chose a moderate hike to Colchuck Lake as our inaugural visit.
After two weeks of hiking in Canada, this hike didn't seem too bad. It was 4 miles to the lake from the trail head with about 2,300 ft of elevation gain. Most of the elevation gain was in the last mile so once we got to that point it was a little rough, but when you know you are that close you just push through. We made a rookie mistake of parking at the first lot we came across and added another mile each way so all-in it was about a 10 mile round trip for us. I'm glad we did it before Landon came back. Although I think he could do the hike, we would have been a lot slower going. Now we know what to expect when we decide to go back with him.
The area is just absolutely stunning. Large boulders, fast moving creeks and beautiful pines all around. After 2 years in drought stricken California, we are still getting used to seeing such amazing creeks, rivers, and streams. It's definitely a welcome sight.
The trail was pretty nice until we got to the last bit. We passed over a few log bridges along the way.
When we finally reached the lake the reward was worth the sweat. It was stunning!
The two peaks opposite the glacier fed lake is Dragon tail Peak (centered) and Colchuck Peak to the right. The small glacier on the slopes of Colchuck Peak is Colchuck glacier and feeds this stunning lake. As we came to the lake, we found a spot to have some lunch and take a rest. Adam worked up quite a sweat packing his camera equipment to the lake.
It was worth the effort with gorgeous pictures like these to have as reminders of our hike.
Whenever Adam takes pictures, I usually entertain Landon, play with him and explore a bit. However, this time I was able to just sit back and enjoy the view in front of me and the sun on my face. Many people jump in the lake after the hike and despite being glacier fed, it didn't feel too cold. Maybe next time we partake in the plunge. The color of the water is just so inviting, it is probably worth the chill.
Another thing I'd like to do next time is camp around the lake. I can only imagine how beautiful this lake is under the light of a full moon or how amazing the stars must look up there. It was stunning enough just during the day.
Adam and I managed to snap one selfie. It was a great way to spend one of our last days alone.
Then we headed back down the same trail, passing over the streams once again. While the highlight was the lake, even the hike up and down were beautiful.
Hopefully, all the rest of the Enchantments are just as beautiful as this. We are excited to have the opportunity to find out and explore more.