Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Stuart lake trail to the intersection to Colchuck lake, which is also the boundary for the Enchantments permit area. Totally doable with good hiking boots. During the summer months we run trailhead shuttles almost daily up Icicle Road servicing Stuart Lake, Snow Lakes, Eight mile, and other locations. Need to set up camp. We actually went up to Horseshoe Lake, but that will add mileage and time…Horseshoe Lake is beautiful, by the way, and worth the hike! Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Trails Rebooted; Learn how WTA is helping make popular trails more sustainable. If you’re planning on spending the night nearby, you can either camp out or stay in the charming town of Leavenworth. Most hikers heading into the Enchantments use the Lake Stuart trailhead, but make for the Core zone via Colchuck Lake and Aasgard Pass. Several camping spots lie along the lakeshore, but because youâre still in the Enchantments, youâll need a permit for overnight camping between May 15 and October 31. Trail was super busy up to the Colchuck split, then we pretty much had the place to ourselves the rest of the way. Stuart Lake Trail hike in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area of Washington State, September 2019. Total Distance: 9 miles Total Ascent: 1600ft Highest Point: 5100ft. Saturday hike. General facilities also include drinking water and restrooms. Overly populated, so keep that in mind before trekking- not everyone will be following the mask guidelines. The lake offers a challenge for trout and bass fishing. As you switchback through the forest, enjoy the sound of Mountaineer Creek crashing through the landscape, and see if you can spy Colchuck or Dragontail Peak through the trees. Put 2.5 easy miles under your feet along Mountaineer Creek before turning left on the trail up to Colchuck Lake. One and a half miles in, a large, sturdy log bridge crosses Mountaineer Creek; an eight-day WTA backcountry response team worked here in 2014 to install the new bridge when the old one was beginning to show signs of decay. Stuart Trail is linger in length but less in elevation gain. Opens up into a meadow and is gorgeous. When the weather is beautiful in the Land of Enchantment, one of the best activities is to get outside and hit one of our numerous, incredible hiking trails. We got to the trailhead by 8:45 am, took lots of photos and an hour and a half nap at the lake, and got back to our car by 5:30 pm. You'll follow this to the end of the road, off the Icicle Creek Road #7600. The stars were incredible and the alpenglow on the surrounding mountains in the evening was stunning. P.O. Nice trail, mostly through forest with a pretty lake at the end.6. Well worth the hike up. It is within Alpine Lakes Wilderness and part of the Enchantment Permit Area. A nice quiet place to take your family or for a quiet days with the kids. Snow may linger well into July on shady, north-facing sections. )Turn left after 8.5 miles onto Eightmile Road, and continue on this dirt road for 3.8 miles to a large parking lot and the trailhead. If you’re worried about that, I’d suggest a different hike. 209S map. It takes you on a path parallel to the lake with glimpses of the lake through the trees. Also recommend packing extra layers to put on at the top. Then pick up the Colchuck Lake Trail for 2.7 miles. 99% of the trail is through the woods. The Core Zone of the Enchantments may be one of the most popular destinations in Washington state, but those who venture to Lake Stuart may just get the extra-enchanting reward of relative solitude in a high traffic area. Ice was present on the trail as well. More to say later. We were lucky to get a permit in the lottery and so brought along our grown daughter and her boyfriend and another couple. We were surprised to find a lovely and secluded campsite there at the end of a small trail that we thought was just a fisherman's trail. The trail becomes washboarded as the season progresses, so high clearance vehicles are recommended. email@example.com. It crosses Mountaineer Creek twice on bridges before reaching pictu... Stuart Lake Trail #1599, WA • Hike Definitely bring bug spray as seen below. The trail leveled out just shy of two and a half miles. Box 42500 Just over two miles from the trailhead, the trail flattens out as you arrive at a junction. Got a late start so wasn’t able to finish without it getting dark on us. Follow the Stuart Lake Trail until it more or less peters out, then follow a route around the lake and to the base of the climb. Stuart Lake Trail #1599 An overnight reservation permit is required from May 15 to October 31. Olympia, WA 98504-2500 However, taking the right-hand trail 2.2 miles from the trailhead leads you into an adjacent valley, with a large, shallow lake at the base of the imposing massif of Mount Stuart. 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 Cheslatta Trail continues south to Cheslatta Lake. Washington Trails Association. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed. The first day we hiked up to horseshoe lake - see separate review. See all 6 photos taken at Stuart Lake Trail by 38 visitors. Trail Map | Photo Gallery. Please consider joining or donating to the local trail association to support trail development & maintenance. Directions from Leavenworth: From Icicle Road, turn south onto Forest Service Road #7601 to the Eightmile Trailhead. Road to trailhead was in decent shape with snow after eight mile lake trail head. Stuart Lake Trail #1599 Set at the feet of mighty Mount Stuart and fed by the glaciers clinging to the crags above, the wooded shores of Lake Stuart invite hikers and backpackers to enjoy a spectacular setting. The Stuart Lake Campground is a primitive campground with 8 sites that was renovated in 2009. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 The Stuart Lake Trail runs 2.65 miles and 1030' up to the Colchuk Lake Trail, which splits south on a 2.05 mile, 1160' climb to the lake. Don't forget your camera. Bugs were no bother for me. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. From the trailhead, head south through the forest, wandering around the river. Day 1: Start at the Stuart Lake Trailhead and follow for 2.3 miles. At least half of the parking is reserved for overnight permit holders. Lake Stuart lies 2 miles away, and includes some sections of moderate climbing, but for the most part, youâll enjoy a relatively flat stroll back into the valley that holds Lake Stuart. Climb north on a secondary trail for a few hundred yards to a drainage bench—you'll spot this petite lake beneath Santa Fe Baldy and the Lake Katherine basin. So, begin hiking the Stuart Lake Trail. Seattle, WA 98104. It was beautiful weather the whole time and not terribly crowded until Friday when we hiked out and had to keep our masks on most of the way. Depart the Stuart Lake Trailhead and follow rolling trail along Mountaineer Creek for 2.2 miles. Colchuck Lake - From the Mountaineer Creek trailhead at the end of the Eightmile Road, begin hiking up the trail towards Stuart and Colchuck Lakes. Length 8.7 miElevation gain 1830 ftRoute type Out & back Delayed review from August 25-28. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Climber’s trails come and go along this portion of the approach. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October. The bugs weren't bad, though they got a little obnoxious at dusk. While much of your hike is through second-growth forest, a large meadow about a half mile from Lake Stuart offers expansive views of the valley at the foot of Mount Stuart. The Stuart Nature Trail and the Glenn Emery hiking and biking trail may both be accessed here. Hiked 9/22/2020. Most of the gain (and traffic) occurs about a mile or so before the Colchuck Trail turnoff. Shaded for the most of the morning. With its icy waters, the lake provides excellent relief from sweltering midsummer temperatures. Along the way, you’ll pass through marshy land dotted with trillium well into summer, since the snow sticks around at this altitude for quite a while. As if Colchuck Lake alone weren’t enough of a draw, it is one of the two gateways to the Enchantments, and the trailhead also accesses Stuart Lake, an easier and equally awesome destination. The trail is well marked. The trail begins at the Stuart Lake Trailhead located 4 miles up Eightmile Road #7601. View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. We found a wonderful camp spot for all of us about halfway up the lake and did day hikes from there. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association The Colchuk Lake Trail is steep, rough and eroded; hiking poles can be helpful, especially on the descent. The trail was well marked. Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Not a problem with AWD. & bring extra socks. Trail was snow covered in a lot of places. You’ll be hot & sweaty getting up there but when you stop it’s windy & much chillier at 5000 ft than it is down in town. Most hikers heading into the Enchantments use the Lake Stuart trailhead, but make for the Core zone via Colchuck Lake and Aasgard Pass. We can also serve the Pacific Crest Trail at Stevens Pass, Snoqualmie Pass, or Trinity. Just a nice Family area, to keep all ages busy if you like the outdoors. Tons of people on the way back. From Lake Stuart, follow the lakeshore trail back towards Mount Stuart pass several campsites before delving into denser forest. Go before sunset for best views. The trail begins at the Stuart Lake Trailhead located 4 miles up Eightmile Road #7601. If youâre camping, be mindful of signs indicating Fragile Areas in need of restoration â thereâs no camping permitted here. Restrooms are available at the trailhead. Within this 191-acre park is shimmering Stewart Lake, an artificial lake on spring-fed tributary of Moen Creek. Meadows on the way to Lake Stuart provide gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains. Will be here for 2 nights. Lots of rocks and tree roots to scramble over. Signs indicate Colchuck Lake is reached via the trail to the left, and Lake Stuart lies down the trail to the right, rolling out ahead of you on an almost flat grade. Stewart Lake Loop is a 10 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Continue on to Lake Stuart, which may surprise you with its proximity to the trail when you finally do reach it. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. The trail will go through a lush forest with rock outcroppings near by as well. Hike by WTA Staff: Photo by Alex Chovanak. They said the bugs are not bad during the day, bright sun. The trail begins with a gentle climb as it follows a creek. This lake trail is situated within the Pecos Wilderness near Santa Fe, and is one of the more accessible lakes within our forests. Depart the Stuart Lake Trailhead and follow rolling trail along Mountaineer Creek for 2.2 miles. Got there at 8 passed 20 hikers and had the trail to myself. Buy Colchuck Lake via Stuart Lake Trail T-Shirt: Shop top fashion brands T-Shirts at Amazon.com FREE DELIVERY and Returns possible on eligible purchases Start at the Stuart Lake trailhead, which at 3400' is a full 2000' higher than the Snow Lake trailhead you'll finish at. Soon after finishing the ascent, I came to the junction between the trails to Colchuck Lake and Stuart Lake. Always stunning. I followed the All Trail route. Saw a lot of people wearing micro spikes. A pretty easy hike for such an amazing reward. The trail steepens for the next 1.5 miles before popping you out at the rim of the spectacular blue-green lake. Your premier lodging, camping & fishing retreat located in picturesque Fort Saint James, British Columbia. children would not find this trail to difficult, but for mileage. After another mile, you will get to a junction, turn left to follow the current trail as the right trail takes you to Stuart Lake. Drive Highway 2 to milepost 99, found on the western edge of the Bavarian village of Leavenworth. Past the bridge, the trail begins to climb more steeply, through forest and large glacial erratics, boulders that are the last remnants of the ages when ice covered the landscape here. I hiked Lake Colchuck in the fall two years ago (September 23, 2018) and finally did Lake Stuart last Sunday (June 21, 2020). Trail was flooded for the last mile or so leading up to the lake, so wear waterproof boots. The Colchuck Lake trail starts at the Stuart Lake trailhead, (off Forest Service Road 7601). Stuart. An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. Loved it. This trail is very popular and climbs on moderate grades with some steep sections, reaching picturesque Stuart Lake in 4.5 miles. The trail was part of the network of trails called the Grease Trail used by the Dakelh people for as a major trade, travel and communication line. Lake is gorgeous and offers a terrific view of Mt. Fourth of July Creek Trail to Icicle Ridge, Mountain Home Ridge [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY], Canyon Crest Trail to Rat Creek Ridge Trail. There were two places where it opened up with amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Lots of people took the wrong route … I got at the parking area at 8am and had to park 3/4 mile from the trailhead. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October. Swiming,bathroom/shower, picnic tables, barbacue area, fishing, walking trail around the small Lake. Stewart Lake County Park was established in 1935, making it the first County Park in Dane County. Enchantments Hike: Where to Stay. From the trailhead, head south through the forest, wandering around the river. Phone: 360-586-2088 This will put you at Colchuck Lake and the base of Aasgard Pass, which is less than a mile in distance, but comes with an elevation gain of about 1,900 feet. I didn’t mind though- love this trail. Welcome to Pitka Bay Resort! However, taking the right-hand trail 2.2 miles from the trailhead leads you into an adjacent valley, with a large, shallow lake at the base of the imposing massif of Mount Stuart. This trail is very popular and climbs on moderate grades with some steep sections. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. The Colchuck Lake trail branched off to the left; I stayed straight to continue towards Stuart Lake. Local Trail Association. There are also a number of unofficial side trails around the Stuart Lake Trailhead, which … Met several campers. Lake Stuart - 10.0 Miles Round-Trip Lake Stuart (5,064') is located 5.0 miles from Stuart Lake Trailhead in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Trail up to Lake Stuart was easy to follow and climb,. Original plan was Colchuck but after seeing the views, it was well worth it. Note: The road leading to the trailhead may be closed during the winter and will add 8 miles to your overall trip. Hikers occasionally make a wrong turn here, so be sure to take a look at the trees to your right. Villages on Stuart Lake or Nak'albun, were connected to Dakelh villages on Fraser Lake (Nadlehbunk'ut) on an ancient land route called Nyan Wheti Nyan Wheti in Carrier means "The Way Across." Lots On my return I went to the waters edge and followed paths along the lake, spectacular views. This trail is like a field course in alpine geology. Just 200 yards long, Stewart Lake is 6 miles from the trailhead and just north of the Skyline Trail beyond a small, marshy pond. Along the way, youâll pass through marshy land dotted with trillium well into summer, since the snow sticks around at this altitude for quite a while. Trail is short, but has steep parts. The trail will go through a lush forest with rock outcroppings near by as well. Definitely worth the hike. I’d recommend doing both lakes on one trip if you have the time/energy. A toilet is available at the trailhead. The high level of use has also led to large amounts of trash that Forest Service employees are removing from the trailhead, as well as human feces in the parking lot, Moscoso said. Washington State Tourism Beautiful views, totally worth it. You'll follow this to the end of the road, off the Icicle Creek Road #7600. Situated on Stuart Lake, Pitka Bay is private, serene & an ideal location for a couples getaway or family holiday. And if youâre just here for the day, there are several day use areas with beachfront property for hot days. Arrived at trailhead about 9:15 am, parking lot 95% full. Only adds a couple extra hours onto the trip. 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