Stuart Lake Trailhead

  

This is a major trailhead which provides access to the Stuart Lake Trail #1599 and the Colchuck Lake Trail #1599A within Alpine Lakes Wilderness and the unique Enchantments Area. 

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.

$5 per vehicle/per day or valid Recreation Pass required 

SEE PARKING INFORMATION BELOW

DRONES ARE PROHIBITED IN ALL WILDERNESS AREAS
DOGS ARE PROHIBITED

DOGS are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area. Dogs, and all pets, are prohibited.
Dogs whose sole purpose is to provide therapy, comfort, emotional support or crime deterrent DO NOT QUALIFY AS SERVICE DOGS under the regulation and are NOT ALLOWED. Defined by Department of Justice regulations 28 C.F.R. Part 35.136.

 

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. See parking information below.
Permit Info: Permits are required for overnight use in the Enchantment Lakes Permit Area from May 15 through October 31. Wilderness Permits required for day-hiking within the reservation area are available on a self-issue basis at trailheads.  
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions:
  • Wilderness regulations apply. See: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Regulations Booklet (PDF File). Mandatory permit area.
  • Non-motorized, no bicycles, no aircraft.
  • No Drones
  • Group size limit 8. 
  • Dogs are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area. Dogs, and all pets, are prohibited, except for Service Dogs as defined by Department of Justice regulations 28 C.F.R. Part 35.136. Dogs whose sole purpose is to provide therapy, comfort, emotional support or crime deterrent DO NOT QUALIFY as service dogs.
  • Campfires are prohibited.
  • Colchuck Lake Trail closed to stock.
  • Stuart Lake Trail closed to stock from January 1 until the first Saturday after Labor Day.
  • Use certified weed-free or commercially processed stock feed only.
Closest Towns: Leavenworth, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Information Center: Wenatchee River Ranger District, (509) 548-2550

General Information

Directions:

From Leavenworth, WA, follow US-2 West for 0.8 mile, then turn left onto Icicle Road for about 8.5 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 7600,then stay right on Forest Road 7601. Follow Forest Road 7601 for about 4 miles to the trailhead.


Parking:

Parking along FS Road 7601 is now allowed, but only on right side of road (going up). For vehicles parking on road or in parking area -- a NW Forest Pass, America the Beautiful Pass or the Overnight Visitor Parking Pass that comes with Enchantments overnight permit must be on display on your vehicle’s dashboard. Day Passes can be purchased at trailhead, and pass must be displayed on dashboard of vehicle, even if parking on the road.

Day hikers are encouraged to park on the road or in the island of parking area. Leave designated overnight parking for permit holders.

Consider carpooling, riding a bike or have someone shuttle you to the trailheads to further reduce impacts and overcrowding.

If you have any questions please call the Leavenworth Ranger Station at (509) 548-2550.


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