Lake Stuart Trail is a 8.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from June until October.
Directions from Leavenworth: From Icicle Road, turn south onto Forest Service Road #7601 to the Eightmile Trailhead.
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.
Did this trail with my wife and friends Friday 10/7/2016 as a opening to our adventure to oktoberfest. This was the hardest trail I've done so far but the most rewarding. I've never seen so much beauty personally in one hike. It made how hard it was all worth it. We didn't plan accordingly with food so we were definitely hungry. It took us 3hrs and 10 mins up (stopping for pictures) and 2hrs to get down. 120% worth it all
Beautiful! You cut through meadows that look like they belong in a Disney movie. Completely serene. The bugs are intense along the trail so bring bug spray. We took our kids, ages 8 through 15 and they made it (despite a little huffing and puffing). Would love to camp overnight if we could manage getting in the "lottery" of limited spots they allow each year. If your feeling extra adventurous...take the trail to the left before Stuart lake and head straight up to colchuck. By far the most beautiful lake I've been to...yet.
A beautiful hike, well worth the effort.
beautiful trail and lake. pretty easy task except for a 1/2 mile section after the footbridge. my 10 and 12 year olds hiked with no problems.
Moderate trail. Lots of shades and beautiful view
Absolutely my favorite hike. It's challenging in parts, but the view of Lake Stuart is worth it.
Probably one of my favorite areas to hike into. Old forests, majestic mountains, wild flower cleanings and the lake itself was in a beautiful setting.
A beautiful hike as the foliage is turning yellow orange & red. A great trail!
We hiked and camped this one last week. It was a great hike in and we found a perfect spot under some trees with a cute little beach to the left of us to hang out at! Absolutely loved it. Next day we tried to hike to Horse Shoe lake but got lost looking for trail heading up. On our way out we hiked up to Lake Colchuck and it was amazing, windy and cold but so beautiful! Going to keep putting in for permits to do more hiking up in the enchantments.
For a beginner, this is for you! It's challenging but not too bad! The views are worth it!
Only concern was where to hang out once you get there. We went around and found a great big Boulder, but the campers claimed the spot so we couldn't stay for too long. Otherwise, totally worth the hike!