Showing posts with label Washington. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Washington. Show all posts

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Colchuck Lake, Washington

THE FIRST TIME you go around the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience. Suddenly laid out beneath you feet are the icy waters of the lake deep blue in shade, bright aquamarine in sunlight while high above you at the far end of the lake the twin spires of Dragon tail and Colchuck Peaks seem to crowd out the very sky.

This is a challenging hike with beautiful scenery in the Alpine lies wilderness area of Washington State. However the views at the lake are well worth the effort. This hike is also unique, in that you will find several people who are climbing, snowboarding, skiing and camping whether up down or around Mt Colchuck, Asgard pass or Dragon tail. It’s has many great spots for swimming and snoozing.

Colchuck lake trail starts at Stuart lake trail head off of forest service road 7601, which can be accessed from Icicle Creek Rd. The hike to Lake Stuart is easier than the hike to Colchuck Lake because there is considerably less elevation gained. Once you reach Colchuck Lake you will be rewarded with beautiful views of blue/green lake with the peaks towering behind it. During the hike you may encounter mud, deer, and beautiful scenery. You hike across huge granite boulders and across bridges. At first the trail switchbacks gently, but closer to the lake, it becomes increasingly steep and rocky. Once you near the summit take the trail to the right for quickest access to lake views.
The trail offers number of activity options and is best to visit from April to October.

Enjoy a unique sense of solitude and see stunning Colchuck Lake and the imposing peaks around it under a heavy blanket of snow.

There are campsites all along the Colchuck lake shore, but be aware that camping here is managed under the same strict regime as the core enchantment zone.

After setting up camp for the night try your hand at night-time photography. This is an incredible backpacking trip that leads to amazing locations for night time photography. Overnight in enchantment Wildness for certain season require fee permit .Most people focus on Colchuck Lake, but Asgard pass and Dragon tail Peak make for great photographs as well. Early morning is a Paradise with clear alpine lakes, icebergs, glaciers, mama goat with baby goats, and only few people around. It is one of the most beautiful mountain wilderness areas.

Dogs, Horses, campfire are all prohibited at Colchuck lake which is on the enchantment permit Area. Dogs and horses are also prohibited on the trails leading to Colchuck Lake at all times of the year. All forms of motorized travel are also prohibited on these trails. This trip is definitely best during weekend.

List to pack for your trip to Colchuck lake: 

Snowshoe/ touring skis, Ice Axe or trekking poles, Gaiters, Good waterproof boots, navigation tools would be especially important after a recent snowfall, tent, warm sleeping bag and snow shovel.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Weekend in Washington, The Wine Country

WASHINGTON is the second largest wine producing states after California and is the Northwest’s best kept secret. WINE and TASTING are the two pretty romantic words, especially when it is said in the same sentences. But most people prefer where there is sunshine more than 300days a year and with wineries dotted across the hillside.

There are some best places in WASHINGTON where wine is famous. YAKIMA VALLEY, WALLA WALLA AND THE TRI CITIES are some of the famous places for wine tasting and also make for a great vacation.

So if you want to make an excursion to Washington wine country, these are few things you may want to do before setting out.


First decide which Washington winery region would you like to visit? Because Washington wine country is quite vast and spread apart. Once you choose your winery region pick the wineries near the area. Get information on the price and wines offered, Call up the winery ahead of time to find out if there are any tasting fees so that you can be prepared.

You can make a day trip to the Yakima valley. YAKIMA is also called as PALM SPRINGS OF WASHINGTON. The YAKIMA Rivers binds a great contrast with snow-capped volcanic peaks and evergreen covered hills. It cultivates 17000 acres of wine grapes with over 80 local wineries and eight golf courses. This region has something for just about everyone to enjoy, If spending many days in this area then renting a car is feasible to explore far outside the town.

SEATTLE’S WINE COUNTRY is situated at WOODINVILLE, Washington: This place is known for its famous space needle skyscraper, cold coffee and drizzly skies. SEATTLE is a picturesque bustling city that attracts foodies with a large no of world-class restaurants, museums and cultural experiences as well as plenty of outdoor activities, including bicycling, hiking and kayaking. Though having abundance sights to see in SEATTLE many visitors are enthusiastic to visit the nearby wine country. The tourist love to escape the city and getaway to leafy Woodinville a community that’s dotted with over 90 wineries and tasting rooms of all sizes offering wines that provide distinctive flavours of the Pacific Northwest.

WALLA WALLA is the eastern most edge of wine country. Just beyond the town of Cle Elum the scenery begins to change, the forest thins, the soil dries up and the landscape sprouts a scrubby sage brush pelt. Some wonder how grapes are grown on this desert. The answer is that the bottom of the valley carved by the Yakima River burst into green. Thanks to the river and irrigation efforts, orchards and vineyards thrive, despite summer’s rainless, 100 degree days.

The TRI CIITES AREA comprises of Richmond, Pasco and Kennewick at the confluence of the Yakima, snake and Columbia River is in the heart of the regions agricultural industry. This part of the state has 170 wineries.

Accommodations are very few in this region that is why visitors only tour this countryside. There are couple of outstanding inns, a handful of small B&B’s and several basic yet serviceable chain hotels.

Some kids aren’t happy going trailing after their parents from vineyard to vineyard. Therefore there are some fun spots for youngsters. Wine tasting in the YAKIMA Valley is a journey filled with reward. Those seeking the good life and great wines, use this trip idea as a guide for planning your own wine tour.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Visiting Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

The Beauty of Lake Crescent: 

Any body in search of a natural beauty must visit Lake Crescent because of its pristine deep waters and glacially carved lake. It is nestled in the northern foothills of the Olympic Mountains. It is a popular recreational area where no one can deny the facts about its beauty. Along with its beauty there have been some mysterious stories of this lake. This lake is considered to be one of the Crown Jewels of Olympic National Park. Lake Crescent is suitable for family vacations, romantic holiday and awe-inspiring hikes, camping, lodging and unforgettable day hikes making this park popular.paddleboarding, snorkelling and freediving take place also. This lake is a unique lake.

This lake with crystal clear waters appears to be of various shades, a beautiful blues depending on the light. There are plenty of stopovers where one can take a beautiful snap.

Putting Up At The Lodges: 

The lodge at crescent lake has the most adorable little cottages and a wonderful beach area. A gift activities shop is also available in the cottages. Fishing in this gorgeous lake, swimming and other water are also there. Lake Crescent Lodge is the oldest of the parks. It is located at Barnes Point on lake Crescent road. Here the oxygen levels are quiet low .Because of the great depth the water seems to be deeply turquoise that almost one must see it to believe. One can enjoy picnic around the lake. Fairholme, Bovee’s Meadows, LA Poel and north shore all have tables so that everyone is comfortable.

The Cities near Lake Crescent are Forks, Port Angeles, Sequim, and Port Townsend.

In the West end of Lake Crescent, there are 87 Fairholme campgrounds.This campground is situated in a wooded area, and the ground is very rocky. They have a lot of trails.

Things to Do Near Crescent Lake: 

One can visit these falls and also get a better view of Lake Crescent from the mountain top.

Right from Mary Mere Fall and Devils Punch bowl to Mount Storm King and spruce Railroad Trail each and every moment in Lake Crescent area of Olympic National Park is rich in beauty.

While hiking some climb the surrounding mountains and some explore the lowland forest and creeks. Many of them enjoy going into the water during the summer. Rowboats are available for rental. Hiking along the lake on the spruce Railroad Trail is a wonderful experience .One can stroll along Barnes creek up to Mary Mere falls. For more adventurous trip hike the steep switch back trail to storm King Mountain.

For an Appetising Meal: 

Restaurants in Olympic national park: Lake Crescent lodge Restaurant, Kalaloch Lodge Restaurant, springs restaurants are some of the famous eatery joints.

Come And Experience This Lake As Words Cannot Explain The Beauty Of This Lake But Seeing It Believes.