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Colchuck Lake Trail #1599A, WA

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 2.48 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,506 feet
Elevation Gain 1,151 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,193 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 6.46
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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 the forest along Mountaineer Creek and crosses the 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 the trail soon crosses Mountaineer Creek again on a log bridge. The trail is sometimes steep and rough for 1.5 miles from the 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 the south end of the lake.
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The trail continues along the western shore of the lake to access campsites and the route up Aasgard Pass to the Enchantments. There are also campsites near the north end of the lake. Overnight camping in this area requires a permit from May 15 - October 31.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    From the 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.
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