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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 bird watching and is best used from June until October.

Length 8.7 mi Elevation gain 1,830 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Getting There

Washington State Tourism P.O. Box 42500 Olympia, WA 98504-2500 Phone: 360-586-2088 tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

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

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Rob Harrison
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HikingBugs

July 6-8. Good trip, trail crowded until Colchuck lake fork. Nice camp on Stuart Lake except for idiots playing loud music. Hiked on to Horseshoe lake, well worth trip, not too bad climbing over blowdown as others had improved and marked way with cairns. Great, snowy view of Stuart from there. Aggressive mosquitos.

Mark Swenson
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HikingBugsRocky

Went up July 4th. Rough gravel road but some regular cars still made it. Parking lot full at 7:30am and parked 3/10 mile down the road. Lots of people but we expected that. Thinned out past the fork going to Colchuck Lake. Went to top end of lake in about 2.5 hours and it was a fantastic hike! Totally worth it. 10.5 miles total by gps for us, including some road. Mosquitos were out in upper half. Trail was rocky with some roots, but well maintained.

Callie Starks
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Carl Fohran
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HikingBugs

Great hike to Stuart. Started at 7am on a Saturday and it was packed- most people appeared to go to Colchuck as Stuart was not too crowded. Trail is very well maintained and quite scenic. Ended up going all the way to Horseshoe lake but Stuart is worth the trip alone!

John Lukas
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Hiking

Great hike and beautiful. Went Thursday to Friday. Had to park in lower lot. Lots of people and more people camping at the lake than I believe there are permits which was a little annoying but managed to get a good spot. Leave early and expect crowds, even on weekdays.

Kiersten Hinger
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HikingBugs

Very pretty but lots of mosquitos. Don’t forget your bug spray!

Omran Abdurrahman
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Rebecca R.
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Bugs

Absolutely beautiful trail, even better veiws than Colchuck in my opinion. Very buggy and exposed to more sun than Colchuck so bring the sunscreen and bug spray. Saw many people attempting this hike without water or very little, this is not a quick trip so please come prepared.

JW ME
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Alonzo Urena
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Hiking

Nice trail, not very difficult to get to Lake Stuart, once you get there I recommend finding a waterfront rock and soaking up the sun.

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Rebecca Cole
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Hiking

Amazing views!

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John Mckivor
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Hiking

Nice calm day little rain had a dear and 2 little little ones maybe just a month old run straight down the trail at me. Lake Stuart was very relaxing full camp it seemed

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Amber Durlock
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HikingFeeMuddyRocky

Absolutely beautiful! Did the hike on a Sunday and because it was so busy we opted to do just Lake Stuart instead of that and Colchuk. We were the only ones for most of the trail leading to Stuart after the trailhead split. Very peaceful. I’m short at 5’1” so felt like a decent climb up rocky ascends but more than worth it because the views of the lake were wonderful! Total in and out was 5 hours with several stops and lunch break. Pretty hard to find parking unless you get there early, so try to get there early! $5 for day pass at trailhead!

Nick Nanry
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Hiking

Colchuck was awesome, recommend to Tim! Stuart Lake wasn’t nearly as beautiful but good exercise to make it to 12 miles

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Jia Qadeer
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HikingRocky

11.1 miles trail to the lake and back. Some parts were rocky and up hill. Over all a fun hike.

Meghan Endsley
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Hiking

This trail was a perfect mix of vertical and flat, valley and Mountain views, river and lake! No snow on the trail yet but some of the rocks were icy early in the day. Our GPS clocked us at 10.2 miles, just about 4.5 hours with lunch break at the lake.

Jennifer Dawson
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HikingMuddy

Climbed to Lake Stewart Sunday October 13th. It was a beautiful hike! Weather was just right. The trail was snow covered for about the last mile or so up to the lake but other wise nice trail. Only had to hop over two logs. It was pretty busy on our way up until the turn off for Colchuck, then it was quiet. I would not call my self an avid hiker...but I am athletic and I would rate this as a moderately easy hike. Took me just about 4 hrs to hike in and out. That included spending some time at the lake and stopping to snap pictures. Definitely will do again sometime!

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Prashanth Basappa
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Angelica Ruiz de Gutierrez
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Hiking

I love this trail it’s beautiful scenery

Andrew Brisk
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Hiking

Great short hike to a backpacking spot. Good base camp location for day hikes to enchantments etc. permit required. Several camp sites along the lake and scenic port a potty’s

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David Westermann
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Hiking

My Subaru Outback took a beating driving on eight mile Rd. to the eight mile trailhead. Deep ruts and chuckholes. About a 1/4 mile from the trailhead my left front tire blew out. I continued on to the trailhead anyway as it would have been dangerous to stop on the road as there was so much traffic. Finding a parking spot was bleak as there was a ton of cars and hikers milling about. I changed my tire, found an unexpected parking spot in the eight mile parking lot. We then realized the trailhead for Stuart Lake was another 1/2 mile up the road. We walked up there and found another parking lot jammed with cars and people. A Ranger asked us to fill out a permit at the trailhead. We completed that then set off on the trail. It took us about 3.5 hours to reach Lake Stuart. Hikers were constantly passing us on the way and my tee shirt was drenched with sweat when we got to the Lake. There is a small river that follows the trail most of the way which is a pleasant diversion,even a nice waterfall. Note, even though this website indicates a toilet at Stuart Lake, it doesn't exist. There is a toilet sign on the trail but it must be a joke because I followed the sign and searched an area of 150 feet from the sign but found nothing. Beautiful Glacier seen at the lake, trout feeding and even a duck. Never saw one mosquito!

Miranda Andrews
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HikingBugs

I did this hike a couple months ago (end of June) packing my two year old in a kid carrier. I originally set out to do Lake Colchuk, but where the trail diverges (lake Colchuk or lake Stuart) I reached an impasse. Sans baby I would have made it to Colchuk, but opted not to take an unnecessary risk at the stream crossing (you have to cross using some large boulders with nothing to hold onto to maintain balance). Anyhow, we attempted Lake Stuart instead and had no problems. The views were incredible and the hiking relatively easy. There were a lot of mosquitoes, but luckily we had bug spray and they weren’t bad at the lake, just on parts of the trail leading to the lake.

Elgin Shaw
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Hiking

Wife and I had a Visitor Permit so we found a gorgeous campsite. It was very relaxing to look out over the lake and valley walls.

Josh Waterhouse
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Hiking

Trail was pretty much impossible to find shortly after Lake Stuart Also everything was burnt

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Esperanza Morales
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownWashed out

This hike had some phenomenal views of the lake and mountains tops. Reminder take bug spray there were lots of mosquitoes. The closer we got to the lake the more over grown weeds and grass covered the trail. Over all the hike was amazing, so looking forward to do it again!

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