Hike to Colchuck Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Go on a rewarding hike to Colchuck Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness for breathtaking views of a crystal-clear lake surrounded by rugged peaks.

Last updated: May 2024

    Free to hike, but parking requires a pass


    More than 500 Miles from you


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  1. Start at Stuart Lake Trailhead. Check the trail map and fill out a self-serve permit. Begin the hike on the Stuart Lake Trail.
  2. Wooden Bridge Crossing. Hike 1.5 miles with 600 feet elevation gain. Cross the wooden bridge over Mountaineer Creek.
  3. Trail Junction. Continue for 0.6 miles with 450 feet elevation gain. Turn left at the junction for Colchuck Lake.
  4. Final Ascent. Hike the last 2.1 miles with 1,100 feet elevation gain. Reach Colchuck Lake and enjoy the view of Dragontail Peak.



Stuart And Colchuck Lake Trailheads, Leavenworth, WA 98826

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Packing List

  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Plenty of water and snacks
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Layers of clothing
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Camera
  • Toilet paper (for backcountry privies)

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