If you are searching for an epic alpine lake proposal in Washington state, Colchuck lake in the enchantments should be at the top of your list. Colchuck Lake is a stunning alpine lake located in the Enchantments region of the Cascade Mountains in Washington state, USA. It is known for its crystal-clear blue waters, surrounded by rugged granite peaks and lush greenery. The pristine landscape, surrounding peaks, and changing light offer endless opportunities for capturing awe-inspiring images for a proposal, engagement or even an elopement.
Jesse and Miriam spent their Friday afternoon hiking the 4 miles one way to Colchuck Lake from Stuart Lake Trailhead. They had finally made it over to the South end of the trail where there were tons of boulder fields. While in the middle of enjoying the beautiful landscape, Jesse got down on one knee and proposed. She say YES! She was in complete shock and never expected this coming. What an epic place to propose!
Proposing at Colchuck Lake in The Enchantments can truly be an unforgettable and magical experience. To make the moment truly special, consider the following steps:
Colchuck lake in the enchantments is a popular destination in the the summertime. It is completely doable in one day finishing at about 10 miles round trip. You’ll want to make sure to download the map and check the elevation gain and loss before you head out as well. You can find the AllTrails map here!
The trail is very well marked, so there is a low chance you could get lost. If you are deciding to backpack to this location, permits are required, especially during the peak season. Make sure to secure your permits well in advance to ensure you have the time and privacy to create a memorable proposal.
Colchuck lake in the Enchantments offers a plethora of breathtaking spots to propose. Consider your partner’s preferences and choose a location that reflects your relationship and the natural beauty of the area.
Aim for a time when the weather is pleasant and the area is not overly crowded. Sunrise and sunset are excellent times for proposing, as the light adds a magical golden touch to the scenery. If you go more midday, the daylight really does make the blue water pop. During this proposal shown above, it was about 2pm and the water was perfectly blue.
Not only is lighting time important, but proposing at a time when you’ve cooled down, caught your breath, and eaten some food is a great consideration as well.
Take the time to craft a heartfelt and sincere proposal speech. Speak from the heart and express your love and commitment. Be genuine and personal, and consider including memories from your relationship journey.
Consider the help of a friend or hiring a photographer to discreetly capture the proposal. This way, you’ll have beautiful photos to cherish and share with loved ones. If you are looking for a photographer, let’s chat! I’ve got all the secret spots, tips and tricks to help you plan an epic proposal! Already engaged? No worries! I’ll hike this beautiful trail for any photographing needs. It never gets old!
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Try to find a secluded spot where you can have privacy and intimacy during the proposal. This will allow you and your partner to fully immerse yourselves in the moment without feeling rushed or observed. Getting to the south side (like Jesse and Miriam did) is not a bad idea. Most hikers stay on the North end because it’s less hiking and the view of Colchuck Peak and the lake is incredible.
This is where I can come in handy. I’ve bopped around and explored this area quite a bit and am happy to give recommendations on the most private and accessible photo locations.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect moment and location, go with the flow and try not to overthink. Cherish the moment and enjoy the beauty of Colchuck lake in the enchantments as you embark on this new chapter together.
Remember that every relationship is unique, so feel free to tailor these tips to suit your partner’s preferences and your shared journey. The Enchantments’ natural beauty will undoubtedly add an extra touch of magic to your proposal, making it an unforgettable experience for both of you. I hope you have the most EPIC proposal!!
Jackie Krueger Photo- A Las Vegas + PNW Elopement and Wedding Photographer. Documenting every couple's unique love story and true authentic selves here, there and everywhere in between. Where will your GRAND adventure take you?