Lake Stuart Trail

MODERATE 52 reviews

Lake Stuart Trail is a 8.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until October.

8.7 miles
1830 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

Directions from Leavenworth: From Icicle Road, turn south onto Forest Service Road #7601 to the Eightmile Trailhead.

18 days ago

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

7 months ago

A little hazy because of the recent fires, but still beautiful!

7 months ago

It was a good day hike. We went up and had lunch on a rock in the water and even went for a swim. The first part of the trail is pretty dusty and lots of traffic. But after the turn off to Colchuck it became much nicer. If you've been to Colchuck, the first section before the turn is the steepest part, but still very doable. There are lots of good views, and although I think Colchuck is a much prettier lake, Stuart is gorgeous. Love the big mountains all around.

7 months ago

Very beautiful. Hiked this last weekend. No bugs, great temp, will hike again

9 months ago

This is a decent hike that ends at a beautiful lake. There are some openings that give you the most incredible views of the mountain range. However, I got eaten alive by bugs even with bug spray! We did get to see some deer at our camp site which was pretty cool. The lake also has some nice spots with big boulders to sit on and relax in the sun. I wouldn't spend more than one night here as you can see everything you want in that time.

9 months ago

OK hike. Moderate. Lots of bugs. Lots and lots of bugs

10 months ago

Stuart & culchuck are amazing! creeks, rivers, waterfalls, surrounded by awesome mts. & the lakes are of the best I've seen in high country. fish friendly too, how can it get any better? Now that I found out about the aasgard glacier hike past kolchuck i'll add that to the list!

10 months ago

Great hike. Got to the trailhead at 11:30 and the lot was full. Had to park 1/4 mile down the road. Nice cool day at 63 degrees. Lots of people, but still a pleasant hike with beautiful vistas. A bit of snow on the trail at 5,000 ft.

10 months ago

Got to the trailhead at 1000, beautiful day out, not too many people there. Was fairly easy, only a little bit of snow in the last 1/4 mile of the trail. No mosquitoes except for the one I swallowed.

11 months ago

Super nice hike! Right now the last three miles to the lake are covered in hard packed snow. I would recommend micospikes and poles as it gets a little slippery. Still very doable! The last .5 mile (after the No Campfire Sign) the trail is super hard to find if you've never been before. We ended up wandering around till we found it and continued to the lake.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A beautiful hike, well worth the effort.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

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.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Moderate trail. Lots of shades and beautiful view

Monday, May 16, 2016

Absolutely my favorite hike. It's challenging in parts, but the view of Lake Stuart is worth it.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Beautiful lake

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

A beautiful hike as the foliage is turning yellow orange & red. A great trail!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

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.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Beautiful hike, loved the lake. Not as challenging as Colchuck but still worth it!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

My friend and I were originally attempting to hike the Enchantments in a day but didn't see the sign or Y in the trail as we were hiking in the dark. We ended up at Stuart Lake at dawn and hiked all the way up to Horseshoe Lake (if you look at the map, its not too far away from Stuart)- best mistake I've made yet! It was breathtaking and quiet up at Horseshoe Lake and had an amazing view of Stuart!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

A great day hike. Be sure to get to the trail head early to get a parking spot. Beautiful wildflower meadows and woodlands along the hike with a nice view of Mt. Stuart at the end and a great place to have lunch on the rocks.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Just finished another hike up to Colchuck and Aasgard Pass, crossed the Enchantments and exited Snow Lakes Trail. There is a reason they call this area the Enchantments, it's properly named. Not wanting to leave, we decided to do a day hike to Stuart Lake. To me Stuart Lake is much more beautiful than Colchuck and much more peaceful. Colchuck is rugged, while Stuart is warm and fuzzy. The trail to Stuart is incredibly beautiful with is open meadows under granite peaks. Lots of wildflowers on this trail. It was so nice we did it twice in two days.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Very nice trail. The lake itself is not as colorful as nearby Colchuck but still worth hiking to at least once as it offers nice views of Mt Stuart. After a couple of miles you will enter an open meadow with great views of Colchuck, Argonaut, and Sherpa Peaks.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Stuart Lake is just one of the many amazing options you have to choose from when you're looking for camping near Leavenworth. The Enchantments are supposed to be amazing but it is very difficult to get permits for them. My friends and I went down to the ranger station one saturday morning to attend the permit lottery. The ranger first offered the 2nd choice mountains like Lake Stuart (almost everyone wanted the enchantements). Rather than try for the enchantments and risk losing out on a great safety mountain, we opted for the Lake Stuart permit. It was a good choice.

The trail to get to Stuart is gorgeous and flanked by boulders, wildflowers, and jagged mountains on each side. This is forest fire country but Stuart is still quite green and lush (it lies right where the rain shadow begins).

My friends and I were able to find a nice hidden spot on the backside of the lake away from everything and everyone else. We explored the boulder fields where you feel you can literally watch the cascades rising up and sloughing boulders off as they do. You feel very small and insignificant there (in a good way).

The lake is absolutely stunning (especially while it's hot out) and has a nice clear reflection from the surrounding mountains. My friend Marta took some absolutely stunning pictures with her SLR which I will post (please don't steal them).

I highly recommend checking out Stuart, that's all I can really say. The lake is gorgeous, the trail uncrowded, and the boulder fields lend themselves well to exploration.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

any of the mtns in this area are a good hike with great views

2 months ago

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