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Best trails in Leavenworth

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Looking for a great trail near Leavenworth, Washington? AllTrails has 81 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Squilchuck State Park or Lake Wenatchee State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Enhancement Park or Stuart Permit Area. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 43 hard trails in Leavenworth ranging from 2.8 to 122.1 miles and from 1,322 to 8,461 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Colchuck Lake via Stuart Lake Trail
Alpine Lakes Wilderness
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 4 h 39 m
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. Please note that it's a heavily ticketed and towed area so be sure to park properly. There is a NO PARKING restriction for the entirety of Road 7601, from the start at Icicle Road 7600 to its terminus at Stuart Lake Trailhead. Parking is only allowed in the Eightmile and Stuart/Colchuck Trailhead Parking Lots. 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.Show more
#2 - The Enchantments Trail
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
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Length: 23.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
New parking rules that no overflow parking is allowed beyond the parking lot. Park on Right side of the road because there is no “No Parking” sign clearly posted near the parking lot but there is one on the Left side. A “No parking” sign is posted further down on the Right side. Ticket is $50 plus a $30 processing fee! This is THE backpacking destination in the state of Washington. Wander through soft tundra meadows, glacial-cirque lakes, crystal clear trickling streams, and impossible granite rock formations in the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It will make you feel like you're in a completely different part of the world. Note that you MUST have a permit to camp in this area and they are distributed months in advance, so plan ahead and see below for more info. This area is thought to be discovered by A.H. Sylvester, who was originally a topographer for the USGS but went on to supervise Wenatchee National Forest starting in 1908. Climbers didn't start enjoying this area for recreation until the late 1940's. [100 Hikes in Washington's Alpine Lakes (1st ed.), Spring, Ira; Manning, Harvey, 1993] and the permit system, designed to protect the area from destructive humans, was not put in place until 1981. The big question is: which side to enter from? The Snow Lake entrance is longer, more gradual, and less scenic. The Colchuck Lake entrance is shorter and steeper (maybe even slippery and dangerous), but Colchuck Lake is beautiful. The traditional entrance would be Snow Lake because this side brings you through the Enchantments "in order," meaning you start in the Lower Enchantments and work your way up to the Upper Enchantments. It's your choice, but this guide is written assuming you're hiking in from Snow Lake, all the way through the Enchantments, and out the Colchuck Lake side. The permit lottery system might actually decide this for you based on what zones you're allowed to camp in! Some individuals more on the "hard" end of the spectrum that will do this entire through-hike in one day. If you have a light pack, it's possible, but bring a headlamp and enough food and gear to spend the night if you have to. No fires or dogs up here. But there will be enough scenery to keep you company.Show more
#3 - Icicle Gorge Trail
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
This is a gentle hike, easily enjoyed by both kids and adults, with a low elevation gain, fun bridges, chipmunks, butterflies and water to observe. The loop is less than 5 miles long with no side trails to cut across as you follow the river.Show more
#4 - Icicle Ridge Trail (#1570)
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
#5 - Eightmile Lake Trail
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 52 m
North Western pass or 5$ for a day. Please note that the road leading to the trailhead closes seasonally.Show more
#6 - Lake Valhalla Trail
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
#7 - Snow Lakes Trail
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
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Length: 15.2 mi • Est. 9 h 12 m
#8 - Minotaur Lake Trail
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
#9 - Lake Stuart Trail
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 44 m
#10 - Lake Stuart and Colchuck Lake Trail
Alpine Lakes Wilderness
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 6 h 44 m
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.Show more
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