Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking here.
Backcountry camping is available by permit only from June 15 - October 15. Permits can be obtained via a lottery that opens in February. There are also a limited number of same-day permits that are given out at the Leavenworth Ranger station, usually at 7 am.
This beautiful approach is a combination of the Stuart Lake Trail #1599
, which starts at Stuart Lake Trailhead (3,400' elevation) to the Colchuck Lake Trail #1599.1
The approach gradually climbs through the forest along Mountaineer Creek to the junction with Colchuck Lake Trail. Turn left here, and the trail soon crosses Mountaineer Creek. The trail is sometimes steep for the next 1.6 miles from the creek crossing to the north side of Colchuck lake, which is at 5,570' elevation. There are beautiful views of Colchuck Lake, with Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak rising 3,000 feet above south end of lake. The skin track can go anywhere up the gully.
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