One of my favorite hikes I’ve ever done. Wore tennis shoes. No dogs. Perfect lake for a sunny day. A good bit of people on hike with not much parking

Where in the hell is the trail

Was there yesterday and the road to the trailhead is open, no extra hiking required. Challenging hike with lots of different terrain and things to see along the way. Absolutely stunning view!

Made it to the lake. Still tons of snow on the trail and at the lake. Lake is still mostly frozen over. I lost the trail many times and If I hadn’t bought the app and downloaded the map, I wouldn’t have been able to find the trail.

Arrived around 10:30 Wednesday and still several parking spots available. No snow coverage and trail was clear (no down trees or debris). We quickly jumped in the lake at the top and it definitely takes your breath away - but super refreshing! Not buggy but we did find 5 ticks on clothing when we sat on boulders at top of lake. Be prepared to check hair and clothing! Would rate this on the more moderate side of difficult (saw several people wearing Vans and successfully completed hike so...). My watch clocked 9 miles RT w/ minimal detours.

Ok so The road is open to get to the trail no need to hike the extra 6 miles total?

The first one for camping it’s closed. But for colchuck Keep going it is open! we missed the turn to colchuck and kept going up to Stuart lake! Good luck

I called the Ranger Station in Leavenworth and they said the road to the trailhead opened on Monday June 1st.

Okay, one said it’s closed and another said it’s open. In the past three days in the reviews. Which one is correct? :/ I’m planning to go this weekend

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2 days ago

I went a few months ago and I did not make it because it was an extra 3 miles to the trailhead so does anyone know if the gates are open and if the trail open?!!!

Trail is open.

Does anyone know if its already open supposedly until june 1st was gonna be open though just wanna make sure before i head out there!

bridge out
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3 days ago

second creek crossing almost impossible. need to wait for stream levels to go down. definitely not a safe bet to try to cross when running high.

Great trail - well maintained. Quite a bit of snow the last .5 miles before malachite. Steep and difficult to navigate. Well worth it though.. the views at malachite were amazing.

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8 days ago

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8 days ago

Wonderful hike! Hiked May 27th-28th The snow is almost all gone and the lake was warm enough to swim in! So many bugs and aggressive mosquitos. Lots of deer out and very curious/friendly. Was on the way to spade lake but chose to stay at Waptus due to snow and just tired. Spikes not needed and I did lose the trail for a bit but was able to back track thanks to the AllTrails app, The river crossings were a tiny bit of a challenge but not bad. The last one, waptus River right before the lake, was waist high and had a strong current. I wouldn’t have been able to pass with out my trekking poles and even with that it was a bit above my skill level. Will be returning to master Spade in two weeks when the snow is completely off the trails.

Beautiful and not super grueling hike!

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