Seattle, WA: Stuart Lake

This 8.6-mile out-and-back is packed with attractions: roaring waterfalls, an alpine lake, and mountain views so awesome you'll go trigger-happy with the camera.
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This 8.6-mile out-and-back is packed with attractions: roaring waterfalls, an alpine lake, and mountain views so awesome you'll go trigger-happy with the camera.

-Mapped by Alan Bauer (Alan Bauer Photography)

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.9

Waypoints

SLT001

Location: 47.5281295776367, -120.820732116699

Leave parking area and head S on trail

SLT002

Location: 47.5243530273438, -120.822845458984

Alpine Lakes Wilderness: Vanilla leaf, calypso orchids, queen's cups, huckleberries, and a profusion of lush vegetation

SLT003

Location: 47.516975402832, -120.825866699219

In May and June, roaring Mountaineer Creek is frothing with snowmelt

SLT004

Location: 47.5092964172363, -120.830574035645

Footbridge over Mountaineer Creek. Creek gushes through a narrow slot below you

SLT005

Location: 47.505054473877, -120.840393066406

Straight @ 3-way, staying on Trail 1599

SLT006

Location: 47.5043983459473, -120.843254089355

Mountain views begin

SLT007

Location: 47.5018348693848, -120.85440826416

Cross vast meadow and avalanche slope with views of Sherpa and Argonaut Peaks; Butterflies, woodpeckers, and local wildlife hang near small pond

SLT008

Location: 47.497428894043, -120.862632751465

Last switchbacks rise to the lake basin

SLT009

Location: 47.4967918395996, -120.865585327148

Trail overlooks a set of waterfalls in Mountaineer Creek

SLT010

Location: 47.4976921081543, -120.870162963867

For next 200 yrds., pick your way through a mess of avalanche debris

SLT011

Location: 47.4984588623047, -120.87629699707

Stuart Lake: Pick a huge boulder above the lakeshore and kick back. Mergansers swim in the huge lake reflecting the sawtoothed ridgeline of Mt. Stuart

Argonaut Peak

Location: 47.5014114379883, -120.855178833008

©Alan Bauer

Mt. Stuart and Stuart Lake

Location: 47.4981918334961, -120.875747680664

©Alan Bauer