1.2 miles
Distance
2,257 ft
Climb
-21 ft
Descent
01:21:07
Avg time

Aasgard Pass Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Enchantments
    Leavenworth, Washington
  • AKA
    Colchuck Pass
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T5 Demanding Alpine Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Wilderness Trail
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #805 in Hiking [+]
    • #2145 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Hiking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
  • Land Manager
    USFS

This “shortcut” to the Enchantments Core Zone refers only to mileage. As far as miles per hour goes, Aasgard may be one of the slowest hikes you attempt. Achieving the pass is a thigh-burning, chest-bursting, eye-popping endeavor that offers as many extraordinary views as beads of sweat that will fall from your brow as you ascend nearly 2000 feet in just three-quarters of a mile.

From Colchuck Lake, a trail has been tramped out by the hundreds of feet that head up and over Aasgard Pass each year. While it’s relatively evident to those familiar with route-finding, this is not the trail for folks new to hiking, no matter your level of fitness. Seasonal hazards exist, including streams that melt the snow out from the bottom up, and you’ll need route-finding experience, agility, and excellent balance. Those lucky enough to score a permit for the Core Zone should consider these factors when you’re thinking about heading in over Aasgard Pass for an overnight. While it may be considerably shorter mileage-wise, the trail up Aasgard can be treacherous if your center of balance is compromised by a pack loaded with overnight gear.

Rock-hopping around the head of Colchuck Lake gives way to a trail with a staircase-like grade. Further on, sections of scrambling are required to ultimately access the coveted Core Zone. The pass viewed from the lake is not the real top of the pass but instead a false summit, with even more elevation gain to be had before gaining the pass.

But once you’re atop the pass, the striped rocks, gleaming snow, jagged peaks, and icy lakes that lie before you make it seem like you’re in another world--even on another planet. The basin is so huge that other hikers seem like little ants below you at Isolation Lake, and sound is quickly absorbed into the air around you, giving the impression of solitude despite the fact that you’re probably sharing the basin with at least a few other people. At 7800 feet, it seems like you’re on top of the world, though Dragontail Peak rises above to the west and a large ridgeline looms overhead to the east.

There is no single trail up Aasgard Pass and it requires experience routefinding.

Access Info

Accessed from continuing on the Colchuck Lake Trail all the way around the lake until it begins climbing through bolder fields up to Aasgard Pass.

Disclaimer

When ascending, stay to the left side of the trees around halfway up. Multiple people have died on the right side of the trees due to dangerous snow conditions and it is very easy to get cliffed out here.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Aasgard Pass hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    2,238 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,588 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,825 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,588 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,825 ft
  • Grade
    36.4%
  • Grade max
    -11.8%
  • Grade min
    96.1%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    220 ft
  • Distance flat
    118 ft
  • Avg time
    01:21:07
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