Colchuck Lake via Stuart Lake Trail

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Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Colchuck Lake via Stuart Lake Trail is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 7.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,283 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

fee

no dogs

Note: The road leading to the trailhead may be closed during the winter and will add 8 miles to your overall trip. There is a $5 cash for park fee unless you have the NW Forest Pass. You pay at the trail head. This is a challenging hike with beautiful scenery in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area of Washington State. This alpine lake is accompanied by the twin spires of Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak at the far end of the lake. Colchuck Lake Trail starts at Stuart Lake trailhead off of Forest Service Road 7601, which can be accessed from Icicle Creek Road. The parking area can be busy, as visitors access the Enchantments and Stuart Lake from this trailhead. A northwest forest pass is required. The hike starts out with an easy mile and a half, creek side walk through the forest. At some points along this portion of the hike you will catch a glimpse of Mountaineer Creek. After the walk through the woods, you will cross the creek on a bridge before beginning the first real incline of the hike. After a series of rocky switch backs you will reach the trail junction for Stuart, and Colchuck lakes. Stay to the left and you will happen upon another log bridge, stunning vistas that act as the gateway to the wilderness. You will stay to the right after crossing the bridge, and walk along the creek before your next big push uphill. The climb remains pretty consistent rocky, and with tree roots but manageable. You will have a few areas with views perfect for photo opportunities on your way to the lake. Once you reach Colchuck lake, you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the blue/green lake with the peaks towering behind it. The trail continues past Colchuck Luck up Aasgard Pass to the Enchantment Lakes if you choose to extend your hike. If not, return the way you came.

hiking
16 hours ago

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!

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

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

hiking
1 day ago

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

hiking
1 day ago

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

hiking
1 day ago

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

hiking
off trail
snow
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?!!!

hiking
2 days ago

Trail is open.

hiking
2 days ago

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!

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful and not super grueling hike!

hiking
bugs
closed
9 days ago

Until the path to the trail is open, it’ll be about a 16-mile hike. Bring lots of water and bug spray for those mosquitoes. Wild flowers are out

hiking
10 days ago

Its close! The road its close! They said they will open on june 1st

hiking
11 days ago

Road was closed 4 miles to the trailhead. But still amazing.

hiking
closed
11 days ago

Closed 4 miles from trailhead so would add an extra 8 miles to your trip

hiking
12 days ago

Responding to question of closure. Official site says 2 things, all public trails closed until may 24th. Also indicates road to trail is closed until may 31

hiking
12 days ago

Hey all, are there any updates on the road closure? Trying to decide if heading there tomorrow is a go or not :) Much appreciated!!

hiking
13 days ago

This hike was fun with a beautiful view. Wild flowers are out.

hiking
13 days ago

Any updates on whether the road to the trail head is open would be much appreciated!

hiking
18 days ago

Went on Sunday to do the hike again and the road was close due to road construction 45mins before getting to the parking lot. went on this hike last year in October very beautiful and not as hard, took my 12year old daughter. Lots of people on this trail.

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closed
25 days ago

Went today to hike it, but the road was closed 8 miles from the trailhead. Disappointed we weren’t able to go...

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rocky
1 month ago

by far my favorite hike!! kind of hard towards the end but once you get to the lake you’re going to see it’s so worth it! would definitely do this again

hiking
fee
rocky
1 month ago

This is amazing hike. I would say to bring your best Hiking boots also tons of water ! Beautiful hike , I wouldn’t recommend for beginners

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views!

backpacking
icy
snow
2 months ago

It was a beautiful hike! We were planning on hiking and then overnighting and heading back the next day, but it was so cold! We were wearing boots and for that reason made it as far as 500 feet away from the lake, but couldn't go further due to lack of direction and snow danger. It was a hard hike, but worth it for the gorgeous views on a sunny day!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

This is a beautiful hike it took me 7 and half hours there and back but 100% worth it!!!!! I did the hike in the summer though that’s the best time to go because there is no SNOW

hiking
blowdown
closed
scramble
snow
3 months ago

Hiked up from the road. It is actually 4 miles each way from the road to the trailhead for a total of 8 extra miles, not 3.5 as mentioned. Was able to make it to the lake with only spikes. Because of the snow, we had to refer to the Alltrails map quite often to not get lost. Expect your water to freeze if you don't insulate it someway. The lake is frozen and covered in snow. We did this in a day. It's a great hike, but be prepared for the cold, ice, and snow. It will wear you down quickly if not prepared.

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