Lake Colchuck is one of my favorite hikes. Its a hard slog up approximately 2500 feet but the payoff is immense. This alpine lake is a great destination by itself but also serves as the gateway for the Enchantments. I arrived Friday afternoon amongst a variety of rain squalls and questioned whether I was going to go or not. Walking back from the bathroom, a woman whose car wouldn’t start asked me for a ride back down to Leavenworth. That made the decision for me and I drove her back down the hill. An hour later the weather had cleared significantly so I decided to go for it. I was so happy I did. The hike took me about an hour and 45 minutes to the lake. Most of the obvious camping spots were taken but i found a “clearing” near the lake where i set up my tent and the camera for this timelapse.
I slept well that night and was visited by a goat looking for salt to lick. I figured he was visiting all the campsites in his search. I got up the next morning and headed back down to civilization. I’ve been doing Stairmaster daily since January to strengthen my legs and it sure helped my knees. As i descended, many groups were heading up. I did what i could to encourage them, which was easy. I had seen the peaks and the shimmering lake and knew they were in for a treat. www.mikereidphotography.com #hiking #backpacking