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This backpacking trip is said to be the most thought after in Washington State. Permits are hard to get. In 2016 over 15,000 people applied for the very few spots available each day. Permits are obtained through lottery which is held February each year. 4-6 days are recommended.

Day hiking is possible without permit. Trips beyond Colchuck Lake are considered strenuous.

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Travel Information

To reach the trailhead, turn onto Icicle Creek Road from US2 on the very western edge of Leavenworth. Drive 8.4 miles and turn left onto Forest Service Road 7601. Follow the bumpy, sometimes potholed dirt road 3.7 miles to the Stuart Lake trailhead. Parking for about 20-30 cars and a toilet are available in the lot. Northwest Forest Pass required.

(Road closed during winter)
Crowd Factor Just a few people
Best Timing Summer
Sunrise & Sunset 07:31 - 16:15 | current local time: 00:22
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