Leave designated overnight parking for permit holders. Review of Enchantment Lakes. This alpine lake is accompanied by the twin spires of Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak at the far end of the lake. Headquarters See Enchantment Lakes permit information. There are also campsites near north end of lake. Colchuck lake. Here we crossed our first bridge and the trail starts to climb. For vehicles parking on road or in parking area -- a NW Forest Pass, America the Beautiful Pass or the Overnight Visitor Parking Pass that comes with Enchantments overnight permit must be on display on your vehicle’s dashboard. This beautiful and very popular 4-mile trail is accessed from Stuart Lake Trail #1599 which starts at Stuart Lake Trailhead (3400' elevation). Colchuck and Stuart Lakes are part of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and require a Northwest Forest Pass. Designated hiker campsites at Colchuck Lake. Dogs are prohibited on Colchuck Lake trail, Stuart Lake trail and within the Enchantment Permit Area. Colchuck Lake Trail starts at Stuart Lake trailhead off of Forest Service Road 7601, which can be accessed from Icicle Creek Road. This will put you at Colchuck Lake and the base of Aasgard Pass, which is less than a mile in distance, but comes with an elevation gain of about 1,900 feet. Overnight camping in this area requires a permit from May 15 - October 31. Due to popular demand for overnight permits, a lottery is held annually. Elvin R. Johnson, Norma Johnson, William A. Day hikers are encouraged to park on the road or in the island of parking area. Then pick up the Colchuck Lake Trail for 2.7 miles. Parking for about 40 cars and a toilet is available (no water). Dogs whose sole purpose is to provide therapy, comfort, emotional support or crime deterrent DO NOT QUALIFY AS SERVICE DOGS under the regulation and are NOT ALLOWED. The trail is sometimes steep and rough for 1.5 miles from creek crossing to the lake, which is at 5500' elevation. There are campsites all along the Colchuck lake shore, but be aware that camping here is managed under the same strict regime as the core enchantment zone. Overnight camping in this area requires a permit from May 15 - October 31. 24 West Chewuch Road It’s a fun hike with unbeatable views, especially at the lake. (509) 852-1100, Entiat Ranger District Designated hiker campsites at Colchuck Lake. Camping is allowed at the lake with a permit, but permits are in very high demand as the lake is nearby the popular core Enchantments area. A great way to add to your hike at Colchuck Lake is to stay overnight. The first time you round the corner and come out of the trees at Colchuck Lake is something of a religious experience. There are several high points with the western most being the true summit. beautiful colchuck lake! ^ we always take a photo of the trailhead area and a selfie in case we go missing, haha. An overnight reservation permit is required from May 15 to October 31. (509) 852-1100, Entiat Ranger District The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. If you have any questions please call the Leavenworth Ranger Station at (509) 548-2550. 803 W. 2nd Street See Enchantment Lakes permit information. Colchuck Lake via Stuart Lake Trail is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. All-Day Hike: The hike to Colchuck Lake is roughly 8.3 miles and generally done as an all-day hike. This is exactly what we did – and our friends Kevin , Cameron , and Tessa joined us for an unforgettable sunrise hike. Going up was not too bad however the latter part (closest to the lake) has some steeper grades. (509) 996-4000, Naches Ranger District Consider carpooling, riding a bike or have someone shuttle you to the trailheads to further reduce impacts and overcrowding. Day Passes can be purchased at trailhead, and pass must be displayed on dashboard of vehicle, even if parking on the road. Many people camp in this area during the summer months and others are brave enough to do it in the winter. Even though the temperatures were forecast to reach 86 degrees in Leavenworth, much of the trail was shaded and much cooler, very comfortable. At about the two-mile mark find the junction with the Colchuck Lake Trail #1599.1 (sometimes referred to as #1599A) and head left to push up toward the lake. 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