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Stuart Lake Trail #1599

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (14)

A great route that takes you through a forest with great views to an easily assessable alpine lake!


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Map Key

4.3

Miles

7.0

KM

Point to Point

5,104' 1,556 m

High

3,435' 1,047 m

Low

1,683' 513 m

Up

45' 14 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking here.

Backcountry camping is available by permit only from May 15 - October 31. Permits can be obtained via a lottery that opens in February. A limited number of same-day permits are given out at the Leavenworth Ranger station, usually at 7 am.

Description

The trail begins at the Stuart Lake Trailhead located 4 miles up Eightmile Road #7601. You'll follow this to the end of the road, off the Icicle Creek Road #7600.

From the trailhead, head south through the forest, wandering around the river. The trail will go through a lush forest with rock outcroppings near by as well. After 2.6 miles, you'll reach a junction with Colchuck Lake Trail #1599A. Head on the eastward, right, trail to continue on to Stuart Lake.

This section of trail offers varied terrain through forest, meadows and over some rock. Approximately a mile into this section you'll get to an area that gives you great views of a waterfall and surrounding peaks.

After 2.2 miles from the junction you'll reach Stuart Lake. This is a pristine lake that offers plenty of swimming options as well as great view of the surrounding peaks.

Flora & Fauna

Be on the lookout for mountain goats. They crave salt so please urinate in backcountry toilets, toilets are available at the TH and Stuart Lake, when possible. When toilets are unavailable, please urinate on rocks, otherwise the mountain goats will tear up the ground and vegetation.

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  4.4 from 14 votes

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Photos

Stuart Lake on the outskirts of the Enchantments.
Mar 11, 2020 near Leavenw…, WA
A meadow along the Stuart Lake Trail.
Mar 11, 2020 near Leavenw…, WA
A bridge along the Enchantments Traverse.
Sep 29, 2015 near Leavenw…, WA
Winter Camping in the backcountry in the Stuart Range Backcountry
May 12, 2019 near Leavenw…, WA

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Sep 5, 2020
Dan T
5.1mi — 2h 25m
Sep 3, 2020
Dan T
5.3mi — 3h 15m
Jun 21, 2020
Daniel Coyne
Jul 4, 2019
Bryan Brown
w/ Al after Colchuck. Way less people but wayyy more skeeters than Colchuck.
Oct 27, 2018
Kali Jones
Sep 14, 2018
Nicholas Ladd
Sep 12, 2018
Brian Burgi
2.5mi
Aug 24, 2018
Chris C