Central Cascades Peaks (WA) – Stuart Range Labeled Panorama

For as little attention as it gets, I personally think that Stuar Mountain Range in Washington is one of the best kept secrets of the entire PNW.

The jagged peaks (tons of them), lakes, forests, and everything else add together to make this a retreat that is enjoyed by the lucky few who make the drive.

So, if you’re going to hike any of the peaks of the Stuart Range, which should it be? Well, my method is always simply to choose the one that looks the most interesting and then figure out a plan. And, since there are over 600 miles of maintained hiking trails you can get just about anywhere you want.

So whether you want to take in the sweeping panoramas provided on top of Stuart Peak or trek deep into Columbia-Wenatchee National Forest, let’s take a look at a few of the options!

Looking Northwest From Navajo Peak

While it’s not a perfect picture, this is the best view that you can really get of the range.

Nearly the entire range is hikable (or climable) as the case may be so let’s take a look at the peaks so we can see what the height options are.

List Of Peaks (Running North To South)

I will note that I decided not to include only peaks on this list. Rather, I included all the major peaks (in my opinion) and most other features that are of interest and were labeled on the panorama above.

Mountain FeatureHeight – Feet (Meters)Height Ranking
Bean Peak6,743 ft (2,055 m)38
Hibox Mountain6,547 ft (1,996 m)41
Alta Mountain6,240 ft (1900 m)42
Volcanic Neck6,600 ft (2,012 m)40
Davis Peak7,055 ft (2,150 m)34
Chickamin Peak7,000 ft (2,134 m)35
Hawkins Mountain7,160 ft (2,182 m)32
Lemah Mountain7,480 ft (2,280 m)23
Chimney Rock7,727 ft (2,355 m)20
Overcoat Peak7,432 ft (2,265 m)25
Summit Chief Mountain7,464 ft (2,275 m)24
Little Big Chief7,225 ft (2,202 m)30
Fortune Peak7,382 ft (2,250 m)26
Ingalls Peak South7,640 ft (2,328 m)22
Ingalls Peak North7,662 ft (2,335 m)21
Mount Daniel7,959 ft (2,426 m)17
Dip Top Peak7,291 ft (2,222 m)27
Cascadian CouliorN/A
Mount Stuart9,415 ft (2,870 m)1
Great GendarmeN/A
Sherpa Peak8,605 ft (2623 m)6
Sherpa PassN/A
Argonaut Peak8,453 ft (2,576 m)8
Porcupine Peak7,762 ft (2,366 m)19
Colchuck Peak8,705 ft (2,653 m)4
Dragontail CreekN/A
Pandoras Box8,720 ft (2,658 m)3
Dragontail Peak8,842 ft (2,690 m)2
Boola Bool Buttress8,400 ft (2,560 m)10
Annapurna CreekN/A
Witches Tower8,520 ft (2,600 m)7 (tie)
Cathay Towers6,640 ft (2,024 m)39
Little Annapurna8,440 ft (2,573 m)9
Pennant Peak8,080 ft (2463 m)15
Porpoise Point7,280 ft (2,219 m)28
Enchantment Peak8,520 ft (2,597 m)7 (tie)
Crystal CreekN/A
Cannon Mountain8,638 ft (2,633 m)5
Nightmare Needles7,218 ft (2,200 m)31
Cruel Fingers7,080 ft (2,158 m)33
Fantasia Tower7,876 ft (2,401 m)18
Chessman NotchN/A
Gray Tower6,800 ft (2,073 m)36
McClellan Peak8,364 ft (2,549 m)11
Glockenspiel TowerN/A
Mount Temple8,292 ft (2,527 m)12
Razorback Spire8,180 ft (2,493 m)13
Comet Spire8,120 ft (2,475 m)14
The Professor7,960 ft (2426 m)16
The Eagleheads6,760 ft (2,060 m)37
Gremlin Peak7,250 ft (2,210 m)29
Stuar Range Height & Ranking

However, a tall peak really doesn’t tell you how much hiking you’ll have to do or how great the view will be when you get there.

So, in short, here are my recommendations for the best hikes in the area.

Most Iconic Hikes Of The Stuart Range – My Top 5

If you’ve never visited this part of the PNW, you might be shocked to find out that all of the ranges just east of Leavenworth have a different flavor than Washington’s coastal mountains. They are more “european” feeling with towers, jagged peaks, couloirs, and other stunning features. So if you’re just getting used to this area, here are some of the hikes that I would recommend. They offer what I feel is a good range that will let you experience what the Stuart Range has to offer.

1. Enchantment Lakes Basin

Nada Lake, Enchantment Lakes Basin

This hike takes you on a 7 mile trek to one of the most beautiful areas in all of Washington State. Named after the many glacial lakes and ponds in the area, it’s easy to see why this is such a popular destination. Not only does this hike offer plenty of opportunities to take some incredible photos, but it also has plenty of trails that lead off in different directions so you can explore as much or as little as you’d like.

2. Colchuck Lake Trail

Overlooking the lake while hiking Colchuck Pass (aka Aasgard Pass)

Another great option for exploring the Stuart Mountains is Colchuck Lake Trail. This 8-mile round trip hike takes you past numerous snow-capped peaks and meadows filled with wildflowers before finally reaching your destination at Colchuck Lake itself, where you’ll be rewarded with stunning views across the lake to nearby peaks.

3. Ingalls Creek Trail

Mt. Ingalls in summer

For those looking for something a bit more adventurous, Ingalls Creek Trail offers a challenging 10 mile loop trail that winds through alpine meadows and dense forests before emerging out onto open rocky ridges with expansive views along the way. It’s definitely not an easy hike, but the rewards are well worth it!

4. Mount Stuart Summit Trail

If you’re looking for an even bigger challenge, then look no further than Mount Stuart Summit Trail. This strenuous 14-mile round trip trail will take you up over 8500 feet above sea level to one of Washington State’s highest points – Mount Stuart itself! Along your journey up you’ll encounter plenty of wildflowers and jaw dropping views from atop this mountain peak.

5. Little Wenatchee River Trail

Last but not least is Little Wenatchee River Trail – a moderate 5 mile round trip hike through some beautiful alpine meadows and riverside forests before arriving at your destination – Little Wenatchee Falls! Here you’ll find a spectacular waterfall cascading down into a deep pool below surrounded by towering evergreen trees – an ideal spot for lunch or just taking in some peace and quiet away from civilization.

The Stuart Mountain Range is one of Washington State’s most scenic spots – perfect for hikers looking to get off the beaten path and explore nature’s beauty first-hand. Whether you’re looking for a short day hike or an overnight adventure, there’s something here for everyone! So put on your hiking boots and hit one (or more!) of these five stunning trails today! You won’t regret it!

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