Chelan Lakeshore Trail to Moore Point Campground

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Lake Chelan National Recreation Area

Chelan Lakeshore Trail to Moore Point Campground is a 13.6 mile moderately 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length13.6 miElevation gain2,421 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

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.

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Nelson Antoniuk
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Kelly Carlstrom
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CampingGreat!No shade

Great trail. Beautiful views. Lots of sun exposure so would be best to hike in the spring or fall. The ferry dropped us off at the Price Creek Trail head. We hiked over 11 miles to Moore Point. Great campground on the beach. The next day we hiked to Stehekin and stayed at the North Cascades Lodge. Lots of fun!!!

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Roger Jenkins
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Backpacking

Bucket list type of experience, World Class scenery, we did this mid June and even though it was hot in the mid to upper 80’s it usually would be worse. For my Full Trip Report with info, story, pictures and video please go to: https://washingtonstatehikingpursuingbalancethroughadventure.business.blog/2020/07/09/lake-shore-trail/ -Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

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Megan Jablonski
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BugsOver grown
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Jackie Cuellar
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HikingBugsMuddyNo shadeOver grownWashed out
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JAMES NELSON
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BackpackingGreat!Over grown

Great backpack with my 13 year old daughter. Ferry dropped us off at Prince Creek around 11:00. My wife and younger daughter stayed on board for an overnight in Stehekin, so they waved us goodbye as we headed out on the trail. We caught a great weather weekend with mid 70's on Saturday and a little sprinkle on Sunday and cooler. We hiked to Moore Creek Campground, which according to the GPS was 11.5 from Prince Creek to the actual Moore Creek Campground at the lake. The hike definitely has ups and downs throughout which had us working a bit, but overall it was a wonderful backpack. There is plenty of water along the trail via streams - at least when we were there. Moore Point Camp was pretty full as there was a pretty big group of boat-in campers, but we found a spot to set up and enjoyed our night with an early wake up the next day. We were the first group out in the morning (hit the trail just before 7am) and enjoyed a nice backpack into Stehekin. There are a few places where the bushes overhang the trail for fairly long stretches. The trail is easy to follow but there is some wading through the foliage. We didn't see any snakes though one group in front of us did see a rattlesnake on day one. We had a great time in Stehekin, including an awesome cheeseburger before catching the ferry back to Chelan. A great way to spend the weekend!

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Rosalind Medina
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Great time. Ferry dropped us at Prince Creek Hiked to meadow creek shelter first night and then into stehekin the next day. It was hot and temps were only in low 70s. This would be a challenge with higher temps. Water isn’t always convenient. There are bridges over some streams and access is limited. Rattlesnakes, ticks and mosquitos were all out in force. Also, early in season the trail has quite a but of bushwhacking. Stunning views. Early season solitude. Go prepared, plenty of hydration and poles recommended. Also services in stehekin are not open due to COVID-19

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Levina Duivesteijn
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Hiking

Beautiful views on the lake quickly into the trail. We went about 1.5 hr in and then back as we just wanted a nice evening stroll. Parked at the visitor centre and then walked to the trail (ignore the first trail sign you see which lists this and two other trails with an arrow pointing the same way (don’t go in that direction), you’ll want to walk a bit further till you see a sign that only lists this trail). At the start you will pass a few picnic tables and bear safe food storage boxes. Check yourself for ticks - we found two on ourselves and eight on our dog!

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Michelle Gainty
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My friend and I wanted a less trafficked 2 day backpacking trip, and this one met our expectations. We took the 0830 ferry from Chelan to Prince Creek (booked ferry tickets for 2 adults and a dog about two days prior to the trip). It seems like Prince Creek is simply a drop off for hikers. There were three other pairs who also got off the ferry here, but there was no town or anything, just a trailhead sign. We then hiked 11 miles to a river which had a sign for the Moore campground. We took the half mile path to the Moore campground which was very nice. It was right along the calm lake with a couple piers and designated spots for campfire. About 4 other groups were camping there. It was lovely, though a few saw/heard rattlesnakes on the way there. The next morning we hiked the half mile back to the main trail then 7 miles into Stehekin. There, we got lunch at the lodge before the 1400 ferry back to Chelan (which took about 4.5hrs). There was more direct sun than shade during the whole hike but it crossed several creeks with beautiful purple wildflowers. Recommended for those willing to make the ferry ride out there.

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Duane and Janey Dent
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We went from Prince Creek to Stehekin in 3 days with a 7, 8, and 14 year old. There were long periods of no shade, and a few long treks up. We only had to depack once to get across a blowdown on a river. Cascade Creek was a cute campsite but a hike downhill to get to it so the next morning it started with a long 1/4 mile hike straight up. Moore point is large and has secluded areas, but push to Flick Creek early. There is only 1 site there and it’s windy. We pushed past and make it to Lakeview which is an overflow area for Purple Point. Lakeview is better sites but no campfires allowed. The general store in Stehekin has everything you need or just mail a box to the Stehekin post office. Overall it was good, but windy this time of the year. We did encounter a bear, a doe, and a bat on the trail.

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Amanda Cherkauskas
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Hiking

It was incredibly beautiful! On Friday we hiked from Prince Creek to Moore point and camp there, then Saturday we hiked to Stehekin and also camp there. Sunday morning we went to the bakery in Stehekin and waterfalls, then we took the ferry back at 2pm. Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes!!

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Bun Navigators
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Trail is 17 miles, not 13. Minimal elevation change.

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evan lewis
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This is an amazing trail! Very beautiful, but also this AllTrails resource is incorrect about the mileage and elevation. Distance is 17-18 miles and elevation gain according to the WTA is 4030 feet, which it definitely felt like with the amount of up and down climbing over the course of this trail. Plan on camping at cascade creek or Moore point depending on if you’re doing two nights or one night. Enjoy

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Amanda Phillips
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Backpacking

Completed this trail from May 4th to May 6th. We took the Lady of the Lake to Prince Creek from Chelan. THe boat departed at 830 am and we arrived at 11 am. It was my second trip and my partners first time backpacking. The weather was a perfect scattered cloud overcast and 75 degrees. I think this was the perfect time of year to go because this trail offers little relief from the sun. Two nalgene bottles would be perfect to hold water, we had one each and made it, but the trail leads you away from the lake for most of the trail, you are able to refill at streams. The first day we hiked 7 miles and stayed at Meadow Creek. The campsites are up on a hill away from the creek and the lake. There is a toilet but no bear box, so we hung a drybag with our food and set up camp. There was two other groups who camped at this site with us. The next day we took our time getting up and taking down the camp the next day. Right away we saw many snakes including two rattlers (one of which I nearly stepped on!). This day had less elevation gain and was an easy going 7.5 miles. The second night we camped at Flick creek which was right on the Lake and the creek. There was two other groups at this site as well. The next morning we left at 8 am to head the last 2 or 3 miles to Steheiken and realized the restaurant was closed until noon. A burger and beer costs about 20 dollars and it's a great reward after a weekend stay. This trail was perfect for a couple of beginners, and offered lots of wildflowers and amazing views of the lake.

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Tami Boelter
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Backpacking

We departed from Prince Creek about noon. It was hot and dry. The trail was very exposed and no shade. I had my black Australia shepherd with me and he began to show signs of heat stroke one mile into the hike. I turned around. Met up with my party a few days later. It was 30 miles from Prince Creek to Stehekin. Other reports are not reflecting this mileage.

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R G
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We spent the first night in Chelan (staying at the Riverside Inn, which I can recommend). Caught the 8:30 boat to Prince Creek, where we poked around until all the other hikers were ahead of us, hitting the trail about 11:00. The temp was high for May, hitting the 80’s with crystal clear skies. Encountered two rattle snakes along by the way to Moore’s Point. One was pretty big...maybe 4’ and the other was less than 3’ long. The first and larger one mozzied across the trail but the little one just laid in the middle of the trail for several minutes until I brought a trekking pole close to it, then it moved along. These snakes are best left alone and usually get out of your way. We arrived at Moore’s Point about 7:30. We’re not speedy, but we’re steady. After spending the night at Moore’s Point, we had lunch at Fisk Creek before pressing on to Stehekin, the first person who we encountered was coming out of a cabin, wearing a tie-dye shirt and carrying a guitar. He said that a music festival was going to take place later at the school, along with a potluck. He invited us. Next, we got cold beer from the general store. Chris, the cashier also invited us to the music/potluck. Well, you don’t have ask me twice, but thank you! After setting up camp, we got bikes from the bike stand and started the three mile ride past the end of Lake Chelan to the school. There were about 60-70 people on the lawn, eating and playing games. We met a man who proudly told us that his grandkids are sixth-generation Stehekin residents. Everyone was super nice and hospitable. We caught the 2:00 boat back to Chelan. A lot of people ordered food from the Stehikin restaurant to eat on the boat. We arrived in Chelan about 6:00 then made the drive back to Seattle. A lot of people caught the boat at Fields Point. It might save a little time, depending on the direction that you come from, but we really wanted to spend the night in Chelan. If we had more time, we would have visited some wineries. All in all, this was a great hike, although I might stayed two nights on the trail before arriving in Stehikin. There are a number of good spots to camp.

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Drew B
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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.

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Jan Nesbit
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Backpacking

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.

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