Colchuk Lake – Lake Stuart (Central Cascades)

Date: 10/18/2013

Location: Central Cascades near Leavenworth, WA

Distance: 13 miles

Elevation Gain: 2700ft

Highest Point: 5600ft

I wrote the following report on WTA.  Colchuk was supreme, Stuart was nice, but the trails to either were nondescript.  I can’t say they were worth the long drive from Spokane.

Colchuck Lake (11)

Mountaineer Creek

Nice drive on Icicle Road with fall color on full display. The 3+ miles dirt road to TH was decent.
No issues with either trails. A lot more people, backpackers especially (likely headed to the legendary Enchantment Lakes), on Colchuck Trail.

Colchuck Lake (5)

The trail to Lake Stuart is quite a bit easier. The main difference b/w the two lakes are their colors – turquoise for Colchuck, dark green for Stuart. Both surrounded by impressive mountain peaks.

Lake Stuart (4)

Lake Stuart near sunset

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