Lake Stuart and Colchuck Lake Trail

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Lake Stuart and Colchuck Lake Trail is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 11.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,982 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

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.

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rocky
4 days ago

My wife and I backpacked into Stuart Lake (had a USFS Visitor Permit) set up camp then dead-headed to Colchuck. The Colchuck trail was like a scene from Lord of the Rings. It definitely burned off a few calories. Colchuck was clobbered with day hikers. Stuart Lake was very relaxing to camp at, beautiful lake and surrounding mountains.

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blowdown
5 days ago

Gorgeous lake and a quick moving hike with beautiful views. We only hiked to Colchuck so it was a little over 8 miles total. The last few being a steady climb. Lots of rocks, boulders and roots to avoid/step over but the trail is well maintained. We caught some fish in as well!

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blowdown
muddy
snow
2 months ago

10 months ago

Did this hike in a full day in the middle of October. The fall colors made the landscape even more breathtaking. We went first to Colchuck Lake and it seemed the best way to go for this trek. We started the hike at 8:50 and came back to the car at 18hs (given that we spent about one whole hour just enjoying the view at Colchuck Lake). If you like to take pictures, I would advise to check the time the sun sets behind the mountains so you ensure your great shots at both lakes.

hiking
11 months ago

You should do Colchuck Lake first because its much steeper (and much prettier) than Stuart Lake. Also, the actual distance of covering both lakes is at least 12 miles.

hiking
Friday, August 17, 2018

Found out about this hike on Instagram and decided to drive 4 hours to hike it. Well worth the time and money because the view of the lake, and the color of the water, is breathtakingly beautiful! Planning on going back!

backpacking
Sunday, July 01, 2018

Did an overnighter to Lake Colchuck with the family on June 29-30. It was my daughter's first backpacking trip. The trail is great! Not a footpath by any means, but a rocky, root-strewn, steep trail. By no means is it hard, but it isn't for the faint of heart either unless they're willing to take breaks in between working. There are a few really great campsites on the water, but there are plenty of sites if you walk off the beaten path a little. At the tail end of June it is pretty buggy, so big spray is a must! The views are well worth it though. My wife and I have to go back to do Asgard's pass because it looks amazing!

hiking
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Colchuck is worth the hike; Stewart is a good hike, but not as breathtaking. Definitely hike to Colchuck first and if you have time add Stewart. A steady incline for the first half of the trail, the trail to Colchuck proves much more difficult. Just take it one step at a time and the view will be your reward. The road to the trail is very bumpy, but manageable for high clearance cars. Go slow! Tennis shoes will suffice, I highly advise to not wear flip flops or sandals, it would be easier to pack a towel and dry your feet.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Absolutely stunning views. There's a few lookouts near the top that will have your jaw dropping. I would love to actually do this hike when there's more snow on the mountains bc I know it'd be beautiful. The alpine lake gem appearing through the trees will have you reeling and sprinting to see the full view. The water looked so incredible my friend and I had to swim in it! Yes it was freezing (at first), and beyond worth it. Nothing like looking out at Aasgard from the middle of the lake!

Friday, April 21, 2017

We hiked up here in the peak of the winter season, Valentines Day! Multiple feet of snow, good luck getting in without snowshoes! Prepare for 3 miles of extra hiking because the forest service road is almost always closed.

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