Lake Stuart and Colchuck Lake Trail is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
An inviting lake beneath the fearsome north face of one of Washington's highest and most imposing peaks. Stuart Lake is at 5600 feet elevation in the Enchantment Mountain range. It is about a 30 acre lake with clear water and easy fishing access in many places. The lake has a very healthy population of gorgeous cutthroat trout. The trail to the lake is well marked and well used. It follows Mountaineer Creek for over 3 miles, at which time you start getting great views of the Enchantment Mountain Range. The elevation gain to Lake Stuart is 1700 feet, but spread out over 5 miles, it really is not a very tough hike. Mount Stuart rises above you at the southwest end of the lake with Sherpa Peak to its east. You make wish to make a side trip up to Colchuck Lake, but do know that this hike is strenuous, but the payoff is worth it.