Chelan Lakeshore Trail


Backpack - Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Two night B3 backpack along the lovely Chelan Lakeshore Trail.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 17.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft

An email will be sent to all registered participants approximately a week prior to the departure date to complete logistics.  The coleaders are camping in the vicinity of Fields Point Landing on Sunday night.

This is a fabulous ramble among big pines, waterfalls, and wildflowers along lovely Lake Chelan to the unforgettable tiny settlement of Stehekin, accessible only by boat or foot. We’ll also experience the unfolding glory of the 55-mile-long “loch” from the deck of the Lady of the Lake II. This is a great trail for a first backpacking trip. We will spend time on-trail and at camp reviewing gear and methods and offering advice as needed. Note: while this trip is open to all club members, the trip is part of the Foothills Branch, B3 Backpacking Series.


We meet on Monday morning at Fields Point Landing on Lake Chelan to board the Lady of the Lake II boat.  After a couple hour boat ride, we start our hike from the Prince Creek ‘whistle-stop’ and walk the ups-and-downs of the Lakeshore Trail for a total of 17.5 miles and about 2,000 feet total elevation gain to the little town of Stehekin over three days.


To get to the Prince Creek Trailhead, our boat departs from Fields Point Landing dock at 9:30 AM sharp on Monday Morning, May 29th (Monday of Memorial Day weekend). Fields Point Landing is about 4.5 hours from Seattle. Plan to either camp or hotel overnight in the vicinity, or make the drive starting very early on Monday morning.

Trail Day 1, hike from Prince Creek about 7 miles to camp in the vicinity of Meadow Creek.  Trail Day 2, hike 4 to 6 miles and camp in the vicinity of Moore Point or Flick Creek.  Trail Day 3, hike remaining miles into little settlement of Stehekin (up to 7 miles).  Catch the return boat at 2 PM from Stehekin and arrive back to Fields Point Landing by around 4:45 PM Wednesday afternoon.

Maps for the trip are: Green Trails No. 82 Stehekin, No. 114 Lucerne, and No. Prince Creek; maps can also be obtained for free online at or Or purchase on-line from Green Trails.

The round trip boat ticket is $40.50 per person for the Lady of the Lake II.  ***You must purchase your boat ticket ASAP from the Chelan Boat Company: or 888-682-4584 ***.  Parking at Fields Point landing is about $7 day.


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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