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Celebrated three years in Washington yesterday. Still crazy in love with this state 🎉
We found snow (and ice)! . . . . #pnw #colchucklake #itssocoldohmygod
Curious little #chipmunk backed by the turquoise water of #colchucklake in the #alpinelakes #wilderness . #critters #hiking
The hike to Colchuck Lake was just as expected—peaceful, clear, and mesmerizing. #colchucklake #enchantments #leavenworth #getoutthere #washingtontrails #washington #hiking #hikingadventures #mountains #mountainlovers
Take me to a quiet place with earth under our backs, cradled in a forest grade. Here we will point out things we see and acknowledge things we do not. In solitude we will take in the wisdom around us, and listen to the forest talk. I haven’t landed on a favorite hike, I said I would never hike the same trail twice because there is just too much to see and do. This was my 3rd time to colchuck so I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious and it’s my favorite hike 😂 . . #colchucklake #justagirllovinglife #herpnwlife #wanderlust #wanderluster #life #love #happiness #neverstopexploring #neverstopdreaming #wanderer #upperleftusa #pnwonderland #pnw #allthehikes #idhikethat #womensupportwomen #loveherwild #leaveherwild #exploreeverything #adventuretime #adventure #sheexplores #pnwhiking #pnwhikers #pnwexplored #washingtontrails #wanderwashington #idhikethatcrew
What's your favorite season? Tag it below. . Can't wait for some frosty winter photos now that fall is over in the mountains. . | Colchuck Lake, Washington | 📷 @dustin_w77 | 5D MkIV | 24-105 f4 | #witschwerx
Hike was well worth the view #pnw #colchucklake
Getting some more good hikes in before they start closing the trails ❄️ #hike #river #nature #colchucklake #trail #nature
Jennifer and me at Colchuck Lake (5,570 ft) from our hike this past weekend. Dragontail Peak (8,840 ft) in the background. #fallhiking #enchantments #colchucklake
Golden hour at lake Colchuck • That's Dragontail peak in the middle and Asgard Pass on the left. The entrance to the Enchantments. Love that the names live up to the epic views • #colchucklake #dragontail #theenchantments #asgardpass #cascadiaexplored #alltrails #washingtonexplored #pnwonderland #pnw #pnwlife #washingtontrails #fujifilm #xt1 #landscape #landscapephotography #lastlight
Backpacking in Leavenworth. Photo by @thinair97008 #pnwescapes
Elevation 7841 ft #colchucklake
Squeezed my yearly camping & Col(d)chuck in #iceicebaby #humanpopcicle ❄❄👶 ❄❄👶 ❄❄👶 ❄❄👶 #wta #optoutside #pnw #alpinelake #pnwonderland #enchantments #colchucklake #washingtontrails #upperleftUSA #idhikethat
Frozen hands, full hearts, can’t lose 🏔
Standing just at the base of Aasgard Pass (A 2,000 foot elevation gain/climb in just less than one mile) in the Enchantments. We had high hopes of conquering the pass, and got halfway up only to turn back when we realized we were walking over a large frozen waterfall and could hear the water rushing beneath our feet. Summer can’t come soon enough to give this feat another shot. - - - - #enchantments #aasgardpass #colchucklake #alpinelakeswilderness #washingtonexplored #wanderwashington #cabelas #msr #outdoordogs
A panorama of Colchuck I stitched together. I saturated the colors a bit. I think it could be better but this is the best I could do with the level of editing skills I've acquired so far. Best is yet to come. I'm going to keep working on my editing skills. . Experts out there - if you can drop some tips/critiques, that'd be greatly appreciated. . . #briskoutdoors #adventurers #wildme #hiker #usinterior #peoplewhohike #leavenworth #leavenworthwa #colchucklake #leavenworthwashington #aasgardpass #landscape_lovers #cascadiaexplored #optoutside #alpinelakeswilderness #wildernessculture #hikingculture #amongthewild #mountainstories #liveoutdoors #adventurevisuals #takemoreadventures #ventureout #mthrworld #alpinelakes #awakethesoul #adventurevisuals #beautifuldestinations #stayandwander #pnwonderland
”We choose to be freedom hikers because there is more slavery now than ever in the history of the world. And we choose to take our bodies to the limit by choice so others who do not have a choice have a chance.” -Landon and Angela Hoyler . . Landon and Angela were part of the original crew of Freedom Hikers in 2017! Thank you for saying YES! Your YES was someone’s FREEDOM!! #freedomhike2017
@rock_sausage_mushies put it best: Why suffer [when backpacking]? Packing in a charcuterie board spread to present on found granite slabs at the campsite and wine to share is never a bad idea. Throw in a little freshly brewed hot tea, some 🥑— what more could you really need? Not the account to follow for ultralight backpacking tips, but this @fidelitaswines 2015 Red Mountain Malbec has a relatively light bottle that is worth its weight 😉 // 11.10.18// Colchuck Lake, WA// #colchucklake #latergram #backpacking #camping #glamp #staywildish #wine #pnw #takeitoutside #snowhike #pnwonderland #hike #mtnchicks #wineandcheese #hikevibes
Had an amazing adventure right before the craziness of the holidays hits! W/ @ohweechristine @_biobp CAB ADVENTURES! #colchucklake #winterhike
PNW (Pacific Northwest) Treks: Colchuck Lake. A slight breeze brushed across the back of my neck with the last light of the day finding it's way around the mountain peak reminding me that the cold fresh northwest air was about to become colder. Day transitioning into night, there I was standing in front of Dragontail Peak - mesmerized and imagining I was lost in Skyrim. Then reality set in, I was near the mountain top by myself in total darkness yet determined to find my way back. It was an adventurous Sunday like none of my other hikes. I reached the trailhead early in the afternoon, hiked thru 5 miles of challenging elevation gains, switchbacks with snow and icy covered trails at higher elevations making the trip more challenging. It was ~5pm, the sun had set, darkness had arrived. I slowly descended down the mountain trying to find the path and my footing, with a few slips and falls, I cautiously moved down the trail. A headlamp and the GPS on my watch to guide me thru path I was able to navigate thru the maze. I temporarily got lost but was able to find my way back when I paid attention to where I was supposed to go. To make a long story short - it took me about 4 hrs in the dark to get back to the trailhead with temperatures dropping down to 15 (-11 celsius) degrees fahrenheit with certain mishaps (getting lost) along the way. Oh, I must say that the stars above were so beautiful - it was gorgeous looking up at alpine trees with the stars as a backdrop of a clear night. An experience I will definitely remember but probably won't highly recommend to others. =) @donpardotcom #whereisfaendalwhenyouneedhim #pacificnorthwesttrail #pacificnorthwest #dragontailpeak #fallcolors #pnwlife #enjoytheviews #enjoythejourney #fallcolors #enjoytheoutdoors #gameoftones #Leavenworth #colchucklake #cascades #myadventures #mytravels
“Being nervous isn’t bad. It just means something important is happening.” - Michael Jordan. I know I was nervous descending this slope on Colchuck Peak. I’m so grateful to @midnight.coyote for leading the way. I think we all need someone to show us the way sometimes. And that’s totally ok :) . . . . . . #motivation #inspiration #pnw #pnwonderland #colchucklake #theenchantments #mountaineering #climbing #training #strongwomen #bodypositive #fitness #portlandoregon #pdx #staystrong
“The first time you round the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience...” Another stunning shot from @thegirlwiththebuffalotattoo ❤️📸 #followher . . . #colchucklake #leavenworth #washington #pnw #girlswhohike #photography #nature #outdoorvino #takeitoutside #owntheday #wine #wineliver #outdoors #hike
Best moments & things in life are free. They call this place The Enchantments. After spending some time there, I can see the why.✨🍁 #LearningbyDoing #ColchuckLake #sunrise #reflections #Fall
It's only mid November and this cold Minnesota weather is already getting me anxious for my next mountainous adventure. #pnw #pnwonderland #enchantments #colchucklake #aasgardpass #hiking #hikingadventures #mountains #backpacking #camping #washingtonstate #washington #wanderlust #adventuretime #adventure
Repost @krl_photo ・・・ “Hunting for solitude in an era of tech. Updates and follows- you constantly check. Nothing is private- every friendships’ gone digital. Generations can’t connect, meeting folks isn’t physical. Lifes’ eminent moments don’t live on a screen. Monitors you swipe and constantly keep clean. Too many times they are missed with a sigh. Peel back your eyelids- the years DO fly by. Next time you‘re outside, open your eyes. Double tap life with smiles- And thumbs up for the miles!” 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 -KRL- ———————- • • @sonyalpha A7riii @Sony GM 16-35mm F2.8 Tripod - @manfrottoimaginemore • • ——— #sonyalpha #igpodium #ig_color #ig_shotz #bns_longexp #earthfever #sonya7riii #waterfall #depthsofearth #pnwonderland #artofvisuals #landscape #landscapes #longexposure #nature #naturephotography #moodygrams #earth_shotz #reflectiongram #colchucklake #wonderful_places #earthpix #earth_deluxe #scape_captures #water_captures #pnw #longexposure_shots #bealpha #nature_wizards
excellent ⌇⌓ ◠ ◦ sharing one more pic of this sublime lake
today was a good day ⌇⌓ ◠ ◦ ✨ 8 miles, 3.5 hours, and 16k steps ✨ Backpacking or doing the thru-hike in the Enchantments has been on my list for forever and it didn’t happen this year, but I did get a peek at one of the “gateways” of the Enchantments with this hike to Colchuck Lake. Absolutely spectacular ⚡️🌈. If you’re not into hiking or not sure if you’re up for it, feel free to ping me. I’d be happy to help you find a beautiful hike based on your preferences/abilities/driving distance. . 📍Colchuck Lake, Leavenworth area
I've only posted pictures from our Nikon camera of this lake but here's a shot I found from our Gopro that I kind of dig. While the blue color of the lake and the peaks behind me may not be as vivid as the other camera's pictures, I kind of like the effect the Gopro gave off. The light, the wider angle, the different kind of depth. Variety is always nice lol. Anyways, I'm excited to get back out into nature this weekend after being sick for 2 weeks! I'm in need of some fresh air. It's the best medicine, amirite? . . . . . . . . . . . . . #gopro #tbt #summer #colchucklake #enchantments #washington #pnw #upperleftusa #pnwonderland #pnwlife #lake #mountains #hike #hiking #beautiful #outdoors #nature #getoutside #optoutside #roamtheplanet #exploretocreate #welivetoexplore #explore #adventure #washingtontrails #alpinelakeswilderness #pnwcollective #northwestisbest #herpnwlife #blogger
Hands up in the air for Fri-yay!! Can you believe it is officially the LAST weekend of summer?! Fall is next Saturday! Where does the time go?! Make sure to get out there & explore for that last summer hurrah. Hopefully the weather is good because it's raining right now. I'm really excited for this weekend though because I'm finally starting my wedding dress shopping! Maybe I will get lucky & find THE ONE on my first trip! I'm also planning to fit a hike in since we skipped last weekend. What should we do for hike # 22?! What are your favorite hikes in WA for the September time frame? I've been wanting to get out to the North Cascades but there are a lot of great fall hikes out there so I may just wait until closer to prime larch march times and do a couple hikes in 1 or 2 weekends out there since the drive is so far! Time to do some research tonight for Sunday's hike 🤔 Have an amazing Friday & weekend everyone! . . . . . . . . . . . . #summer #colchucklake #enchantments #washington #pnw #upperleftusa #pnwonderland #pnwlife #lake #hike #hiking #beautiful #outdoors #nature #getoutside #optoutside #roamtheplanet #exploretocreate #welivetoexplore #explore #adventure #landscape #nikon #photography #washingtontrails #alpinelakeswilderness #view #pnwcollective #northwestisbest #beautifuldestinations
Definitely one of my favorite hikes this summer. I still can't get over how strikingly blue and clear this water was! Still so happy we finally got to do this hike last Friday which has been on my list for years and also can't believe how we randomly lucked out and picked the only sunny day last weekend to do it lol! It was a lot cooler than it had been this summer but the smoke had cleared up and it was definitely still warm enough to enjoy a dip. Having hardly anyone around to enjoy this beauty in peace & quiet was the icing on the cake. One of the best parts about hiking for me is being unplugged, getting away from the chaos of society, and connecting with nature. Hard to believe summer is almost over but determined to enjoy as many outdoor activities as possible before the gloomy weather kicks in. This was hike number 19 and I plan to get a few more summer hikes in as well as some larch marches which I am super excited about! Hoping to at least hit 25 before the snow arrives and having to switch over to lowland stuff. Have you been able to get a lot of hiking in this summer? It's not too late to get out there! . . . . . . . . . . . . #summer #colchucklake #enchantments #washington #pnw #upperleftusa #pnwonderland #pnwlife #lake #hike #hiking #beautiful #outdoors #nature #getoutside #optoutside #roamtheplanet #exploretocreate #welivetoexplore #explore #adventure #landscape #nikon #photography #washingtontrails #alpinelakeswilderness #view #pnwcollective #blue #northwestisbest
A little alpine lake beauty for your feed this morning 😍 Yesterday we finally hiked to Colchuck Lake for hike number 19 and it was absolutely stunning! Such an ethereal & gorgeous place. I've been wanting to do it for years & it exceeded my expectations. We started the hike around 8 on Friday & took our time up. Arrived about 10:30 & there was hardly anyone at the lake! Spent about 2 hours there just enjoying paradise. About an hour and a half in 2 big groups showed up but it was peace & quiet for most of our time there as the other few people were quiet & spread out. Going early on a Friday was so worth it & I'm glad we were able to take the day off! Only encountered 10 people up & many more down & I'm sure Saturday is much worse even if you start early. Wildfire smoke haze had cleared up considerably. Amazing views along the way that you probably couldn't see a week ago. The lake was still a little bit hazy but much clearer than it's been based on photos I've seen on Instagram. Imagine this view completely clear though, you could make out every little vivid detail on those epic peaks! If you haven't done this popular hike you need to! As for difficulty I was expecting it to be crazy hard based on trip reports but I was pleasantly surprised to see it was pretty moderate and I've done harder. Don't get me wrong the elevation gain is tough, especially the last mile and a half and super rocky which hurt my knees, calves, & hips but I just didn't think it was as hard as others have said. Keep in mind though I've been hiking all summer & stay active in the gym and these are all factors. My suspicion is a lot of beginners do this trail due to social media which is why so many have said it's very difficult. As for any hike always be prepared and take your time if it's difficult for you! It's not a race & enjoy the nature! #summer #colchucklake #enchantments #washington #pnw #upperleftusa #pnwonderland #pnwlife #lake #hike #hiking #beautiful #outdoors #nature #getoutside #optoutside #roamtheplanet #exploretocreate #welivetoexplore #explore #adventure #nikon #photography #washingtontrails #beautifuldestinations #alpinelakeswilderness #mountains #view #blogger #visualsoflife
That's Aasgard Pass in the background and we climbed that today. Possibly the most difficult thing I've ever done. And it was totally worth it.
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