Stuart Lake Trailhead
Road #7601 accessing Stuart / Colchuck trailhead is OPEN (May 27, 2022)
The road accesses Eightmile and Colchuck/Stuart trailheads. The road is closed to vehicles every winter to protect the roadbed from damage and prevent hazardous travel on the steep exposed snow covered road.
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.|
|Closest Towns:||Leavenworth, WA|
|Passes:||Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.|
|Information Center:||Wenatchee River Ranger District, (509) 548-2550|
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 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.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
The Stuart Lake Trail #1599 is closed to stock from January 1 until the first Saturday after Labor Day.