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Jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls, and over 300 glaciers adorn the North Cascades National Park Complex. Three park units in this mountainous region are managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. These complementary protected lands are united by a contiguous overlay of Stephen Mather Wilderness.

backpacking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike that travels 17 miles along the lake Chelan shoreline. We got dropped off at Prince Creek and the first 10 miles were very hot and exposed. With only 2 water stops, make the most of each stop. The last being about 4.5 miles away from Moore Point (Make sure you refill here).

We read a lot about rattle snakes and black bears, while we didn't see any in 96 degree weather, a group behind us did come across one in the brushy part of the trail, so just be aware. We did see plenty of droppings on the trail.

Leaving Moore Point it is a quick 7 miles into Stehiken the last 3 miles are very pleasant being right along the lake. Make sure you save some time and rent bikes and ride up to the bakery before you go.

hiking
5 months ago

This was one of my favorite hikes of all time. It was not too difficult for the heat that can rise in the Stehekin Valley. There is enough alternating shade and sun to keep you cool. There were numerous vistas to enjoy and it all ended with a fantastic view of the waters through the Gorge.

backpacking
5 months ago

We hiked this trail this weekend. It's 17 miles from Prince Creek drop off point to Stehekin. One thing to consider when making your plans is that during the summer when temps are above 95 the boat may not drop you off until noon making your start uphill a bit treacherous. Even the younger hikers (my husband and I are nearing the 60 mark) were overheated and looking for shade.

Meadow rest area at 6.5 miles would have been a nice spot to camp because the miles seem to be going so slow in the heat but we decided to press on a little more, 3.5 miles to Moore Point for the night. I'm glad we did.

The next morning we were able to start off in the coolness of the morning with the sun behind the hills. The 7 miles in to Stehekin was very pleasant. Most of the campgrounds were booked by the time we arrived so we were able to camp in the overflow grounds next to the visitor center.

Another thing to consider is to book an earlier boat home as there's not much to do in Stehekin other than hike and the lake water is way too icey cold to swim.

I'll definitely do this beautiful hike again but in the early spring or fall.

backpacking
6 months ago

Perfect weather- Memorial Day weekend 2017. Camped at Moore Point after a 10 mile hike. Day 2 was a 7.5 mile day. Would love to spend more time there.....

it was great a little harder then I expected but lots of fun

backpacking
11 months ago

Amazing views from the top. Lake is beautiful.

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Moderate hike through the forest with nice views of the river gorge at the end

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Did a shortened version on 7/5/16. The first mile and a half has dense foliage hanging into the trail that will get your shoes and pants wet after a rain. You can't enjoy the moderate views because you're looking down at the rocky trail. After 2 miles, you'll get to the log bridge over the creek. From there, the climb continues to some decent views. There's a great look down the valley before a sharp turn, but keep going. Another quarter mile and you can jump off the trail to the left onto a large rocky outcrop with amazing views both up and down the valley. It's evident that people camp here too. It was at this point we turned around (it was rainy and we really weren't feeling it) and ended up with a 5 mile trip back at the car.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

hiking
Sunday, February 21, 2016

The ferry dropped us at Prince Creek. We pushed up to bag a few summits, and four days later came back down around Fourmile Creek. We took the Lakeshore Trail up to Stehekin for victuals and RnR. We went back down the Lakeshore back to Prince Creek to catch the ferry again. It was a great week, and I can't wait to do it again.

camping
Friday, June 19, 2015

Beautiful hike, a bit more elevation than anticipated, but a nice trail and awesome views. Definite plus to push on to Moore Point to camp. Great spot on the lake to swim and camp.

hiking
Monday, May 25, 2015

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

So much to do at Lake Chelan. There are lots of boats during the summer, but this is a huge lake and you can find lots of space. Swim, canoe, kayak, or just watch birds. Hiking is good around here, with the Chelan lakeshore trail among others. But that's another entry.

hiking
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Another 5 star hike to a pass with endless mountain views in the North Cascades. The first half of the trail was pretty overgrown in places but lots of wildflowers. When you get to the log crossing you are just over half way and shortly after the views start to kick in. The next section of the trail is carved out of the side of a mountain slope and a bit rocky but you will be so busy staring at the gorgeous valley and peaks to the south that you won't even think about the elevation gain. The views west from the pass are just as impressive. There was still snow at the pass in June but that should melt in another week or two. Great hike.

hiking
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Great opening season backpacking. Beautiful wildflowers, views and ample wildlife if lucky.

hiking
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

This trail is amazing. Such great views and the final destination was a sight for sore eyes. Decent trail I would absolutely hike in again.

hiking
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

well maintained and scenic

hiking
Friday, September 07, 2012

This is actually a 17 mile point to point trail between Stehekin & Prince Creek campground.

hiking
Monday, July 16, 2012

Excellent hike. Must do for May early June