Axis Peak by Mount Stuart in Enchantments via Lake Stuart Trail / 軸線峯

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Axis Peak by Mount Stuart in The Enchantments sits atop a long ridgeline. It marks the highest point between Eightmile Lake to the north and Lake Stuart on the south. The scenic Lake Stuart Trail provides direct access to reach the mountain.

Axis Peak somewhere up above
Axis Peak somewhere up above

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Axis Peak at a Glance

Access: Lake Stuart Trailhead
Round Trip: 12 miles
Elevation Range: 3400′-7550′
Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: no pets

Lake Stuart Trail

It was my first time in the famous Lake Stuart area. But the nearly empty parking lot on a sunny day took me by surprise. However, I did share the lower trail with a rowdy group of kids on their way to Colchuck Lake.

Later I spent the rest of the hike to Lake Stuart in peace. Along the way, I met a couple of hikers going to the lake as well. We chatted a bit by the water before I left the beaten path.

Lake Stuart Basin
Lake Stuart Basin

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Axis Peak South Route

From the lake, the way up to Axis Peak was straightforward. Later I reached the field mentioned in trip reports. It was on the right side after I got the first full view of the lake.

Later I hopped through boulders for the first 600′ until the heather appeared. Soon, the scree appeared, and the vegetation faded. Afterward, I reached the gully with loose rocks. So I stayed to the right to avoid possible rockfalls. It was also more comfortable to climb on smaller rocks.

A long way down
A long way down

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Summit with Views

Shrubs at the top of the gully spaced out enough to weave my way through. Then I walked on smaller rocks to avoid the brushy terrain. The final 100′ from top of the bushes up to the summit was sandy. So I made great use of the half-buried rocks to avoid sliding.

It was the closest I’ve seen the Stuart Range. So the range was much more impressive, and it dominated the southern skyline. Jack Ridge, Eightmile Mountain, and Cashmere Mountain comprised the bulk of the view to the northwest. I could also see Three Queens, Chimney Rock, Mountain Daniel to the far west.

Stuart Range lineup
Stuart Range lineup

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Outro

The ascent went much faster than I had anticipated. So I spent two hours at the top before going back down to the lake. Then I spent the rest of the hike out to the car on the trail alone.

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