Enchantment Permit Area, WA

04 Stuart Zone

Permit Availability

Permit Zone Description

The Stuart Zone includes the Stuart Lake Trail from the trailhead to its end, and includes the entire Stuart Lake basin. The Stuart Zone also includes the Horseshoe Lake area, and much of the Mountaineer Creek drainage. Visitors with a Stuart Lake Zone permit may camp at any established campsite along the Stuart Lake trail, or at Stuart Lake. The Stuart Lake Trail gains about 1700 feet over 4.5 miles, at a fairly steady grade, making it an easier hike than going to Colchuck or Snow Lakes. Stuart Lake is in a mostly forested setting, with great views of Mount Stuart and offers good fishing. The permit zone boundary excludes climber bivouac sites immediately below Mount Stuart, Sherpa Peak, and Argonaut Peak, such as those near Goat Pass, where a permit is therefore not needed to camp. Visitors with pack or saddle stock are allowed in this area only from the first Saturday after Labor Day until year-end, and cannot camp within 200 feet of any lake.

Know Before You Go:

  • Groups with a Stuart Zone Permit may only camp in that zone.
  • No stock camping is allowed within 200 feet of any lake. Group size limit for those with stock is any combination of people and stock up to 8 total. One example would be: 3 people + 5 horses = 8 total.
  • STOCK IS ONLY ALLOWED IN THIS ZONE if your permit reservation falls between Sept 7 to Oct 15, 2013.
Know the rules and regulations and how to obtain a permit well before your trip.


A: Available for online reservation (click to book entry date)
L: Accepting Lottery Application (click to apply for the lottery)
W: Available at the Facility
R: Reserved
C: Closed
X: Not available
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