Trek to Turquoise Colchuck Lake via Stuart Lake Trail

Embark on a journey through dense pine forests and rugged switchbacks to reach the mesmerizing turquoise waters of Colchuck Lake, surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Cascades.

Last updated: May 2024

    Free access; parking and permits may incur fees.


    More than 500 Miles from you


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  1. Start at Stuart Lake Trailhead, following the path through the dense forest.
  2. Cross Mountaineer Creek via a log bridge; the trail steepens past this point.
  3. At the junction, take the left towards Colchuck Lake, navigating through rocky switchbacks.
  4. Reach the granite rockface offering the first glimpse of Colchuck Lake.
  5. Follow the trail along the lake's western edge, exploring the serene alpine environment.



Leavenworth, Washington

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Packing List

  • Comfortable, sturdy hiking boots
  • Sunscreen and hat for protection
  • Ample water and high-energy snacks
  • Layered clothing for changing weather conditions
  • Swimwear for a refreshing dip in the lake
  • Camera to capture the stunning landscapes

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