Colchuck Lake—Cobalt blue waters beneath a wall of rock and ice

A hiker stands in awe of
Colchuck Lake's stark beauty.

Quick Facts Location: Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Icicle River Valley Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 8.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,200 feet Green Trails Map: The Enchantments- No. 209S Contact: Wenatchee River Ranger District (Leavenworth): Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest; www.fs.fed.us/r6/wenatchee Notes: Northwest Forest Pass required; Dogs prohibited; Special Enchantment Permit required for overnight visits. Access: From Milepost […]

Cascade Pass─Easy Portal into the North Cascades National Park

A hiker strolls past flowering heather
at Cascade Pass.

Quick Facts Location: North Cascades Land Agency: North Cascades National Park Roundtrip: 7.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet Green Trails Map: Cascade Pass, WA-No. 80 Contact: Summer – North Cascades National Park Visitors Center Newhalem: (206) 386-4495 ext. 11 or NCNP Visitors Center Sedro-Woolley (360) 854-7200; www.nps.gov/noca Notes: Dogs prohibited. Access: From Marblemount head east […]