Explore the most popular birding trails near Stehekin with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
3 days ago

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

backpacking
6 days ago

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.

backpacking
23 days ago

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this on Sunday, 15th. It was a gorgeous hike and like others have said, the larches were out in all their glory.

hiking
8 months ago

What a beautiful day for an adventure! My son (6 years old) and I arrived at the trail head around 10:30am and there were still a few spots in the parking lot. After gearing up, grabbing our dog, and signing in, we made our way up the trail. The first 2/3 are wooded with the remaining portion exposed. There were some parts of the trail that had compact snow and ice, and while they weren't impassable, some sort of traction would be helpful. The larches are out in full force so if you want to see them now is the time.

Beautiful lake, fall colors, trail was in great shape. Snowed very lightly up at the lake. I'd rate it easy.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Was an amazing hike! Started at 10am and finished right at 1pm. Also took a dip in the lake, quiet chilly but totally worth it!

backpacking
9 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
9 months ago

Not too difficult of a hike with a beautiful lake at the top. Took about 45-50 min to get to top, less on the way down. Take your time at the top relaxing and swimming in the lake.

Stunningly beautiful!

Perfect little hike, great for beginners. Blue Lake was PERFECT! will do this one again for sure!!

hiking
10 months ago

My new favorite

10 months ago

Beautiful hike the whole way up! There were no bugs and well groomed trails.

Beautiful, I would rate this easy. The smoke is cleared, the trail was in great condition. Even though the temperature was high the lake was to cold for me to swim but I did wade out. We even saw some Mountain Goats.

hiking
10 months ago

Excellent hike with some great view points to the lake, and the lake was stunning. We were a group of six, ages from 8 to 70 and it was an easy hike for an 8-year-old, and was moderate for a 70-year-old.

Fantastic hike and the lake view at the end was incredible.

on Blue Lake Trail

hiking
11 months ago

went up Saturday July 15, 2017 weather was perfect and the hike was amazing.

hiking
11 months ago

(7/13/17-Thursday) Fantastic hike. I started around 9:30am and had the trail mostly to myself. Only saw a few other hikers on the way up. On my return trip (around 1pm), it was super busy. Start early. No snow on the trail, but still plenty alongside it. Mostly shaded hike, with some breaks in the trees for stunning views along the way. Do not miss this one.

backpacking
11 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.

hiking
11 months ago

hiked on 7/3/17. this was a nice hike with steady incline. there was still patches of snow on the ground, but not too bad, just be careful. you'll def get your get wet, so wear waterproof shoes. took us about 2.5 hrs to complete. blue lake was so clear and so beautiful. it was still partially frozen and snow covered and really cold. I took a dip and it felt amazing! would highly recommend this hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Saw mountain goats some snow not too much. It was absolutely beautiful definitely would go again.

backpacking
Monday, May 29, 2017

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.....

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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

backpacking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

Amazing views from the top. Lake is beautiful.

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2016

Hiked Blue Lake on Saturday, October 22.

The entire trail was covered in snow. I recommend micro-spikes and trekking poles with snow baskets to help with traction and to prevent slipping. Most of the hiking trail was packed down snow and ranged from about 1.5 to 2 feet wide. I tracked a 5.3 mile roundtrip hike.

Breathtaking views all around and throughout the trail. Be sure to stop, look up and behind you to see these spectacular sights. Still some lingering golden larches out there. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Absolutely breathtaking. Between the yellow trees, snow and mountains I felt like I was in a winter wonderland. I could've spent all day there.
Relatively easy and short hike. Ice on the trail in quite a few spots tho.
Went yesterday, Wednesday, got to the trail about 9:30 only the 4th car. By the time I got back around 1 the parking lot was pretty full.

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

The Golden Larches are at their prime!

hiking
Friday, September 30, 2016

A little effort for a big payoff. Blue Lake is glorious!

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