CHS 2 Hike - Colchuck Lake

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Colchuck Lake

Two for the price of one! We'll hike to picturesque Stuart & Colchuck Lakes in the Enchantments area. This trail winds through a lodgepole pine forest alongside Mountaineer Creek. We'll steadily climb to these alpine lakes which are set in granite cliffs under the towering crags of the surrounding peaks. Don't forget your camera! CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph).

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

I'm taking a few days off work and will out and about; so let's meet at the  Colchuck Trailhead at 9 AM, ready to hit the trail at 9:15 AM.

Northwest Forest Pass required for parking.

June stats are 10-12 miles RT, 2,000-3,000’ gain. 
We will also do Lake Stuart as well (it's a spur trail off of the main Colchuck trail and adds about 1.5-2.0 miles each way).  That brings our total to 12 miles round trip with 2,800' gain.  No sweat; maybe a little.
Leader will provide additional details by email to registered participants.

Colchuck Lake

  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

    USGS Enchantment Lakes

    Green Trails The Enchantments No. 209S
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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