One of the most breathtaking, awe-inspiring hikes in Washington State has to be the 4-mile trail to Colchuck Lake

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The trailhead to Colchuck Lake is located approximately 23 miles west of Leavenworth, Washington off of Icicle Road and Forest Service Road 7601. The trail is 8 miles roundtrip and is suitable for all levels of hikers which is probably why during peak months, parking near the trailhead is sometimes challenging to find, but dealing with parking and other hikers are soon forgotten when you’re greeted by the deep blue water of the lake with Colchuck Peak and Dragontail Peak as a backdrop. You’ll want to find a good spot to relax, have a snack, spend some time exploring the shoreline, and depending on the temperature, take a dip in the crystal-clear water.

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The park is open beginning in May (15th – 27th) and remains open through October. If you plan to camp overnight you’ll need a camping permit and reservations. Day trippers will need a $5 Recreational Pass. Dogs are not allowed, so Fido will have to remain home. No motorized vehicles or mountain bikes, no campfires, and hiking groups are limited to 8 people. Be sure to take lots of photos and videos, but leave the drone at home – drones are strictly prohibited in the area.

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For more on park rules, directions, and road conditions check out the US Forest Service website. From Tri-Cities, plan on about a 3.5-hour drive.

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