Chelan Lakeshore Trail


Backpack - Chelan Lakeshore Trail

A 3-day early season NW classic

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.9 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft

9:00am at the ferry dock at Fields Point Landing.  Map:

The ferry leaves at 9:45, but we’ll need to get there early to pick up our boat tickets (must be purchased in advance, see below) and parking passes ($7 per night be vehicle).  It’s a 3 to 3.5 hour from the Eastside and Seattle, so some participants may want to go up the night before to camp/hotel.  Carpools will likely be arranged depending on where people are coming from. 

The Chelan Lakeshore Trail is an early season classic, an opportunity to get out amongst the water, trees, peaks, and wildflowers for a nice multi night trip while the high country is still under snow.  We will do the “usual route” as follows: 

  • Friday:  9:45am - 11:00: Take the Lady of the Lake ferry from Field’s Point Landing to Prince Creek, then hike along the Lakeshore Trail to either the Cascade Creek campground (5 miles) or the Meadow Creek Shelter just beyond.
  • Saturday: Hike along the Lakeshore Trail to the Flick Creek campground (8.5 miles).
  • Sunday: Hike along the Lakeshore Trail to the town of Stehekin (3.5 miles) where we will eat and explore while waiting for the ferry.  2pm - 4:45pm: Take the Lady of the Lake ferry from Stehekin back to Field’s Point Landing.  5pm - 8/9pm: Drive back to Seattle area.

Special Considerations

This route has a number of special considerations.  Please take note of the following items before signing up:

  • This trip begins and ends with a ride on the Lake of the Lake Ferry.  Participants are responsible for purchasing their own ferry tickets, which are $40.50 and available only by phone.  See “Tickets” at  Because ferries can sell out and the lack of a ferry ticket would cause a problem for the entire group, please forward your ferry purchase confirmation email to the trip leader by May 5 else you will be cancelled from the trip.
  • This trip is in bear country.  We will need to hang our food every night and use reasonable precautions along the trail (such as reciting The Jabberwocky or singing AC/DC songs while going around blind corners).  Because there are plenty of places to hang our food, Bear canisters are not required
  • This trip includes some modest stream crossings.  Please be comfortable with this.  Poles and sandals or water shoes are strongly recommended.
  • This trip will pass through and overlook areas that have been affected by wildfires in recent years.  We will see scars, but also see life returning.


Regarding "Leader's Permission Required": Because of the special considerations described above this is not a trip for first-time backpackers nor does it including any backpacking instruction.  If your online Activity History does not include any backpacking trips please provide the trip leader with a brief summary of your recent backpacking experience.


Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Overnight gear including the usual essentials.

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