One of the hardest decisions as an organizer is deciding when a hike needs to be changed due to a less than ideal weather report. My apologies to those of you who wanted to go to Hidden Lake. I will reschedule this at a later date and those currently signed up will have first dibs.
I have decided to change our hiking location to Colchuk Lake Saturday. This is one of my favorite hikes in the area. Great trail, beautiful lake.
This is strenuous hike. We will take our time and hike at a leisurely pace with breaks, 1.6-2 mph.
Stats: 8 miles, 2280 feet gain, high point 5580 feet
WTA Link: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/colchuck-lake
Estimated time line:
Meet at Eastgate park and ride 6:30 am
Leave park and ride 6:40 am
Quick stop at Cle Elum Safeway for bathroom break. 8:00 am
Arrive at trailhead: 9:45 am
Estimated hiking time with lunch break: 6 hours
Back at trailhead: 4:00 pm
Go to O'Grady's for early dinner: 4:30
Head back to the park and ride: 5:30 pm
Arrive at park and ride: 8:30 pm
*All times are estimates, please do not make any tight plans after this event.
What to bring: Poles, bug spray, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm layers, rain jacket, plenty of water, lunch and snacks. Maybe a swimsuit
*Don't forget to bring $20 cash for drivers to cover gas, car wash and wear and tear.
Please, no dogs.