Chelan Lakeshore Trail


Backpack - Chelan Lakeshore Trail

This is a lovely 18-mile, 3-day backpack of moderate strenuousness along the shore of sun-kissed Lake Chelan from Prince Creek to Stehekin.

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  • Wed, May 27, 2015 — Fri, May 29, 2015
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft

We'll meet at 8:45 AM at Field's Point Landing, Chelan where we'll pick up our boat tickets (must be purchased online in advance) and parking passes.  It's a 3.5 hour drive from Seattle, so some participants may want to camp at 25-Mile or stay in a hotel in Chelan the night before.  Carpooling is encouraged.

Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course credit. In addition, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.

This area is blessed with 300 days of sun a year, a fabulous warm escape from the May doldrums around the Puget Sound.  

This trip will be scheduled for mid-week (Wednesday to Friday) because of the crowds that fill the trail and the camps during the weekends in late spring and summer.

We'll catch the Lady of the Lake boat from Field's Point Landing and ride up to the 'whistle stop' landing at Prince Creek.   Participants are expected to purchase their own tickets for the boat in advance (round trip, Field's Point to Stehekin, ~$40) as quickly as possible after registering for this trip!  From Prince Creek the trail rambles the lakeshore through huge trees and meadows, past frothing waterfalls and through rich flower displays, all this with the backdrop of sweeping mountain views across the lake. We'll likely choose camping spots in the woods by streams rather than stay in the small crowded developed camps.  On the third day we'll have a short morning's walk into the unique, unforgettable little town of Stehekin, accessible only by boat or foot.   In Stehekin, we can visit the excellent Visitor's Center, have lunch in the restaurant, or even take the free tour up to Rainbow Falls, before riding the boat back to Field's Point, arriving around 4PM.


Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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