Started from parking lot at 4:30 a.m., when there were actually still some spots available. Good and easy progress to Colchuck Lake.
Did the choose-your-own adventure up the boulderfield to the base of the snow, which at this time was at about 500' above Colchuck Lake. We used ice axe & crampons which certainly made glacier travel safer and more efficient but saw at least one traveler without them. (In fact we only saw 2 other travelers on the glacier all day; the other was a telemark skier.)
From the saddle it was a scramble and routefinding to the summit. We traversed over to the true summit.
We glissaded down much of the glacier with great care. Rock-hopping back down the boulderfield on sore legs was unpleasant and our eagerness to get out of the boulders led to some bushwhacking when we tried to shortcut.
I will not say how long it took us car to car; suffice to say, we did not set any records. But dammit, we summited and it was a great day.
Had the mountain almost to ourselves, which is atypical for the Enchantments. Weather on mountain forecast stated up to .4in of snow potentially up high - attained the saddle between Colchuck and Dragontail via almost snow stepping the whole way up. Clouds started moving in and very light snow, made push for summit and by the time we made it back to our bags in under an hour, we had 1" snow accumulation. Made boulder hopping a little tricker on the way back to saddle, but 2500' glissade out pretty awesome : )
Fun hike with excellent summit views. Best glissade I've ever done from Colchuck Col all the way down to the lake!
Awesome trip! 4:45 up and 3:07 down. Probably the best glissade I've ever done. Trip report here.
Climbed Colchuck Peak and Dragontail Peak via Colchuck Glacier route. Colchuck is an awesome summit with amazing views of Rainier, Adams, Glacier Peak, Mt. Baker, and other great Cascade Peaks. Descended via Asgard Pass.
Did this while camped in south side basin for a climb of Argonaut. Rather enjoyable summit plateau, looks like goats use the area heavily.
Night glissading, Bulger summit. One of the best trip that I have ever had!!
Up the glacier to the summit block. Mostly snow free above col.
Came up Colchuck Glacier, scrambled Colchuck, then went over to Dragontail and Little A. Fun climb.
Mostly straightfoward, and way better than the stretch between Sherpa and Argonaut. Descent via boot-ski of the Colchuck glacier. Trip report.
Early season, very cloudy, one day trip. Good glisade back to lake.
Climbed up from the SW corner of Colchuck Lake to the low point on the North Ridge just below Point 6991T. Countoured along the base of the cliffs to the small glacier/small basin just to the side of the SW Ridge. Mostly Class 2 to this point.
After getting on the ridge it is mostly Class 2/3 for the first 1/4-1/3. Afterwards it is a combination of Class 3-4, sometimes with moderate exposure (~40'), crossing back and forth over the ridge as needed to avoid cliff bands. The top 1/3 or so seems to take forever...
checked out North Buttress couloir but were stymied by rock step without gear and carrying skis. looks nice enough to return to (without skis).
Settled for Colchuck Gl. and false summit tag. Great day out with Jonah, Annie and Seth.
trip coul was out of shape, luckily i had skis. got this one instead.
climbed the colchuck glacier with one of my best friends, Joe. Joe took a summit nap and a goat came two feet away from stepping on his face. great climb. perfect weather.
Snow above ~6500 ft. White out at the col but the summit was above the clouds, glad I continued.
I snuck in a trip to Colchuck just before the June 15 start date for permits. Camped in the boulder field below the Colchuck glacier and made too time up to the Col and onto Colchuck proper. Storms had been threatening all day and I finally turned around just shy of the summit when I noticed a menacing cloud front approaching. I rushed down the glacier and boulders, just diving into my tent as the rain started. I've been to Colchuck a few times now and always get turned around shy of the summit. I'll let this one be for not and probably be back before long with a prime season permit in hand.
Successful climb up the North Buttress Couloir, snow was melting badly on the north face and plenty of loose rock if you want it. Made it car to car in 13 hours, started from Bellingham, Wa, at 2 am on the 16th, arriving back in bellingham at midnight the same day
Firm conditions on Colchuck glacier. Beat the crowds. Beautiful. Outstanding views.
Unusually warm day for May. Lot's of rockfall and terrible snow conditions, but a beautiful day and a great workout.
Rode my bike from Icicle Road up to the trail head to find no snow at all on the road and the parking lot 80% clear. A big NO THANK YOU to the rangers for leaving the road gated for no apparent reason.