Chelan Lakeshore Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Chelan Lakeshore Trail is a 12.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Stehekin, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
12.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2683 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

sea kayaking

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Stehekin: The hike takes off along the eastern bank of Lake Chelan. It can also be accessed by traveling up Lake Chelan by boat to the Sawtooth Wilderness. Watch for Prince Creek Campground on the east side of the lake. The Lakeshore Trail begins (ends) at this campground.

backpacking
14 days 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.

backpacking
2 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
3 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.....

4 months ago

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

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.

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
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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

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