dogs on leash
Wenatchee National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in Washington. With an area of 1,735,394 acres (2,711.55 sq mi, or 7,022.89 km²), it extends about 137 miles along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range of Washington, USA from Okanogan National Forest to Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The forest is located in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima counties.
I did this hike about 4 years ago in the late spring early summer. A difficult hike with breathtaking scenery and lots of mountain goats. We took our time and completed this hike in a few days, enough time to bask in the overwhelming beauty-it's for good reason that this area is called "The Enchantments". While we did encounter several other groups of hikers along the way, the peace and pristine tranquility was in abundance. This is still one of my favorite and most memorable hikes.
Easy trail, more of a nature walk, good for all ages & experiences. Late in the season when snow starts appearing in higher elevations, this is a good choice for those ill equipped for the snow or those who just need to get out on the trail for a bit to recharge. Little elevation and nice scenery, as well as its location, just 20 minutes from Leavenworth, make this trail highly desirable in mid to late fall.
Jennifer B. on Colchuck Lake Trail
Beautiful and challenging. Well maintained and marked.
Easy to find and many places to park! Loved this hike to Lake Stuart. There is the perfect mix of hiking thru wooded areas, along rivers, and finally into beautiful meadows. The hike is somewhat steep in a couple areas headed up, but nothing that would be rated as difficult. The hard work is worth it, and this hike will not bore you! Every moment is breathtaking and you will feel proud of yourself for completing.
Amazing hike, can't say enough good things about this trail & lake. we went Sunday Nov 6th 2 days ago and had amazing weather, sunny and snow on the mountain tops. The trail is difficult in places but totally manageable. we had a group of 4 woman, I'm not in great shape & we made it up in 3 hours. The entire trail is beautiful, I think we lucked out in the day we went.
HIked today 29/10/2016.
Trail was was not easy, especially second part after the second bridge - very steep and rocky, so be prepared, boots must have on this trail.
So, trail itself supposed to have a lot spectacular views at second half but I didn't see it today because it was very foggy. I saw the lake just for couple minutes when fog disappeared and it was very beautiful, it definitely worth to get there.
I have hiked this trail many times, but never this late in the season. We were wet and cold but saw many mushrooms and much water on the trail, one "pond" of significance. We went on a Saturday and only saw one other party. It took us a little over 2 hours each way.