The Enchantments are clearly one of Washington's greatest mountain destinations and Colchuck Lake is the western gateway to this incredible area. The area is so popular that the Forest Service requires a permit for camping in the Enchantments.
To get to Colchuck Lake, drive FS Road 76 (Icicle Creek Road) from Levenworth to FS Road 7601, then 7601 to its end. Hike Trail 1599 for 2.5 miles to the junction with Trail 1599.1. This trail reaches Colchuck Lake in another 1.6 miles then continues around the west side of the lake.