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We hiked this on Aug 3rd 2018, a group of 7, Gorgeous day, great weather, and after reading the reviews took advice about bug spray and had zero issues. Definitely a must if you are in the Leavenworth area and want to go on a hike. Incline was just enough for our non hiking friends that joined us to still have a good time. My gps read 10.3 round trip, but we hiked to the big rock on lake and had lunch.

on Lake Stuart Trail

hiking
9 days ago

Arrived by 7:30 and main lot full, parking 1/4 mile away. Trail had steady traffic until split with Colchuck (2.2 Miles). From Colchuck / Stuart split To Lake Stuart did see another person until 1/4 mile before Lake Stuart. Lots of people going to Colchuck. Bugs were minimal. First 2.2 Miles of trail to Stuart/Colchuck split is steady incline, next .mile is pretty flat with awesome picture once you get to open meadow. Next .6 miles incline, last .6 Miles incline and flat. Walk around the lake (heavy trees and vegetation) to locate a nice rock to sit on for lunch. About 4::15 total trail time (with a few breaks). Recommend this trail to practice before you try Colchuck.

hiking
12 days ago

Did this hike with a friend and it was a gorgeous hike. It’s a gradual incline up the mountain and you can cool off in the lake above. We saw lots of lovely wildflowers, small forest animals, and cutthroat fish jumping for insects. This hike is definitely one to check off your list if you’re partial to the Alpine Wilderness.

Beautiful Lake! Loved this trail! Arrived at trail head by 8 A.M. and no parking left! Trail is SO busy! Some bugs but very little compared to other trails.

great hike, great trail, great views. Lots of hungry bugs.

hiking
22 days ago

Very beautiful but more difficult than ‘moderate’ in my opinion. Wear bug spray!

hiking
23 days ago

My friend and I hiked the trail today, July 21st, 2018. It was a great hike and I was tired afterwards that’s for sure. I wasn’t impressed with all the cars on the trailhead, I would estimate 200-300 cars. 99% from the west side of WA or out of state :( We had a 1/4-1/2 mile hike to just the trail head. Traffic on the trail was moderate but lake Stuart was beautiful and wasn’t as packed as Colchuck. I’d do it again but I’d put bug spray on at the start, it’s a must!

hiking
24 days ago

Absolutely beautiful trail, especially when Mt Stuart pokes it’s head above the trees! The bugs were really bad above the trail split, but got worse as we got into the afternoon. If you’re going to do this one start before 10! Had no difficulty taking my parents up the trail, it seemed much longer than 9 miles though.

Hike this last week... the view is beautiful

Did this two and a half day hike several years ago in August. It can be completed quicker but why? Very hot but wandering in and out of the evergreen forests made for mostly pleasant times Several cold water springs are spaced out just right. Wildlife and scenery every day makes it very interesting. The mouth of the volcano is breathtaking. Trails are well marked on this moderate hiking experience. Take a side route to Johnson’s Ridge and the national monument to learn about the pre, active, and post activity the Mountain put on display. RIP Harry Truman on this mountain of adventure.

Well maintained trail. Amazing views! Take good bug spray!

Overall great hike! Come prepared

The dust and ash through the "restricted zone" was quite aggravating to breathe, especially over an extended amount of time. The trail itself is not very demanding, with elevation gain and loss mostly through the "restricted zone". Be wary of filtering water through streams in and near the "restricted zone" as they are loaded with silt. We filtered water through a clear-looking stream and our filter had a fair amount of silt in it afterwards and required back-flushing.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, no snow to deal with a little water on the trail at certain points. Bugs were very bad and be aware there is not much tree cover so wear sunblock. Overall a good day on the trail.

Went all the way to Cutthroat Pass today 7/5. The trail is in excellent summer shape. It was mud and snow free until about a 1/3 mile from the pass. At that point there were just a handful of snow patches here and there that were easy to navigate through or around. There is a larger snow field right below the pass that obscured the last little bit of trail but it was easy to navigate. Really beautiful views the whole way but the view from the top is truly incredible-360 degrees of mountains and alpine lakes. A must do in the North Cascades for sure.

Also of note, the total mileage is a little over 11 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this on 7/4. Couldn't make it to trappers peak due to a late start. Was able to view the now thawing lake from a ridge. Plenty of snow here, poles and micro spikes would be helpful. Would recommend trying this a couple of weeks from now once the snow has completely melted.

Was able to drive to the trailhead in a Mazda but a high clearance vehicle would have been nice.

The trail cuts through the forest for the most part, nothing very exciting there. The last 3 miles are mostly uphill.

hiking
1 month ago

Ohh the switchbacks! My calves are singing today. Did a day hike just to the falls. We saw a 4 foot rattler on the way back down stretched the width of the trail. He was minding his own business trying to get to the boulders above.

Unfortunately getting past the lake up to the pass would be really difficult right now- all mud and snow beyond the lake. However, the 2.5or so miles to the lake are breathtaking. BTW yesterday we lost a brown zippered glasses case holding prescription eyeglasses out of our pack on this trail. Any info? Call 206-419-4105

Challenging and beautiful

Went all the way up to Trappers Peak on 6/24. Snow free until half a mile from the ridge. That half mile section has small snow patches that are easy to navigate through. Once you hit the ridge the snow is pretty solid. There are bare patches along the trail to Trappers Peak but also some dicier snow travel. The lakes are still frozen although the lower lake is beginning to melt around the edges. Very few people and absolutely gorgeous views from the ridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Lake Stuart, one of my all time favorites! Can be difficult in the hotter months, but soooo worth it! The lake is gorgeous. Trail can be narrow in a lot of places & can be very crowded as well. Lots of water & snacks is a must! I've hiked up to this lake around a dozen times & am still taken away by the beauty of this trail. The meadow is another great sight on the trail. Overall the best hike in the area for amateurs in my opinion!

hiking
1 month ago

The view at the lake is breathtaking. Pictures don't do it justice. The mosquitoes were very bad. I'd recommend a head net and long sleves/pants. I wore long sleves/leggings, a buff around my head, and repeated used quality big spray.. that helped deter them but I still came back with plenty of bites (not nearly as many as my husband who was in shorts and short sleeves). I'd consider the trail very heavily trafficked but as others have mentions it lightens up after you turn off Colchuck. Nonetheless, we went on a week day and I'd say Stuart was still fairly moderately trafficked. This trail is more difficult then other "moderately" rated trails in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views of the mountains and river throughout. The lake is a fantastic finish. Not nearly as crowded as Colchuck, which was nice. Definitely some tough inclines, but you get more than enough breaks to make up for it. LOTS of mosquitoes!

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous hike. Only 2 down trees the entire trip. A tiny bit of snow on the trail but the hike is so worth it. Lake is amazing.

hiking
2 months ago

It's was very physical. But worth every step. It was gorgeous, some snow ,but all I needed were some regular shoes with good grip. Even saw a mountain goat. Highly recommended.

Forest road is open! Snow on last two miles of trail to the lake

Had to hike 3 miles up the forest service road just to get to the trailhead, which tired us out and we couldn't reach the lake due to heavy snow packed on the trail passed the bridge half way through. I will definitely be back in a month or two I can only imagine how nice it will be up top!

hiking
3 months ago

Recommend snow shoes, poles, and spikes to attempt trappers. Still snow everywhere, lake frozen over.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike with breathtaking meadow views. Ended at the lake with a light lunch. September was the perfect time to go.

backpacking
9 months ago

It has everything! A big waterfall, lots of views of mountain ranges, adventure/ rope ascents&decents, AMAZING COLORS in the late fall! Totally underrated backpacking trip!

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