Explore the most popular lake 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.

hiking
10 hours ago

My boyfriend and I absolutely loved this trail. We are hiking beginners and there are definitely some steep parts but the views are 110% worth it!

hiking
3 days ago

Really great views for such a short and fairly easy trail.

hiking
7 days ago

Fairly easy hike with beautiful views. Bummed we didn't see any mountain goats but saw some marmots! Definitely recommend.

hiking
13 days ago

Hiked on 7/3/18. This hike is incredibly scenic surrounded by peaks. It has a beautiful meadow with amazing 360 views and lots of wild flowers. We were lucky enough to spot 8 mountain goats, 2 were babies, clamoring down the climbing trail towards us. We also saw a few marmot climbing about the rocks. The lake is beautiful. There were several others hiking this day and I see why it’s a popular trail. That is the only draw back.

Easy Day hike for smaller children. We took our four month old on the trail and it was just the right length, time and elevation gain.

JULY 3, 2018: I LOVED THIS HIKE! the views are incredible and there are so many different things to see on your way up. we started at around 5:30am and finished around 8:30. the trail was not too hard and was definitely worth it. would highly recommend!

Beautiful views and the lake is gorgeous. Hiked this yesterday 7/6 and the mosquitos were intense. Definitely come prepared for a lot of bugs.

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

hiking
24 days ago

Great Hike! Pretty much clear of all snow. If you want some better views take the left trail when It splits 1.5 miles in and hike the "climbing" route that leads to the basin of the spires.

backpacking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months 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
9 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
9 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.

backpacking
9 months ago

Fantastic hike! Make sure u bring Yaktrax or better and trekking poles for the snow.

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

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 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
10 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
10 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
11 months ago

My new favorite

11 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
11 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
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

(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.

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