Colchuck Lake Trail #1599A


Colchuck Lake

This beautiful and very popular 4-mile trail is accessed from Stuart Lake Trail #1599 which starts at Stuart Lake Trailhead (3400' elevation). The trail gradually climbs through forest along Mountaineer Creek and crosses creek at 1.5 miles on a log bridge. Trail steepens after the bridge and at 2.5 miles the junction with Colchuck Lake Trail is reached.

Turn left here and trail soon crosses Mountaineer Creek again on a log bridge. The trail is sometimes steep and rough for 1.5 miles from creek crossing to the lake, which is at 5500' elevation. There are beautiful views of the lake -- with Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak rising 3,000 feet above south end of lake. 

The trail continues along western shore of lake to access campsites and the route up Aasgard Pass to the Enchantments. There are also campsites near north end of lake. Overnight camping in this area requires a permit from May 15 - October 31. See Enchantment Lakes permit information.

Dogs are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area, except for Service Dogs as defined by the revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

This trail is within Alpine Lakes Wilderness

At a Glance

Reservations: An overnight reservation permit is required from May 15 to October 31. Wilderness permits for day-use are required. The self-issuing day permits are available at trailheads.
Fees $5 per vehicle/per day or valid Recreation Pass required on vehicle at trailhead
Permit Info: Alpine Lake Wilderness permit required.  These are self-issued at the trailhead. Special overnight permits required May 15 - Oct. 31 for the unique Enchantments Area.
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. See: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Regulations Booklet (PDF File)   Manditory permit area.
  • Wilderness Trail: Non-motorized, no bicycles.
  • Group size limit 8. 
  • Dogs are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area, except for Service Dogs as defined by the revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Campfires are prohibited.
  • Trail closed to stock.
  • Designated hiker campsites at Colchuck Lake.
Closest Towns: Leavenworth, WA
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Stuart Lake trailhead.
Information Center: Wenatchee River Ranger District

General Information


Trailhead: From west end of Leavenworth on Highway 2, turn south on Icicle Road. At approximately 8.4 miles turn left on Forest Service Road 7601 (Bridge Creek Campground is near junction). Follow the sometimes rough and steep dirt road 3.7 miles to Stuart Lake trailhead. Parking for about 40 cars and a toilet is available (no water). Northwest Forest Pass required.

General Notes:

Green Trails Map - #209S The Enchantments

USGS Map - Cashmere Mountain/Enchantment Lakes

Vicinity Map of Enchantment Permit Area Zones

Small Map of Enchantment Permit Area Zones. Click for larger version.

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Reservations are required for overnight use from May 15 through October 31.

Day Hiking