Chelan Lakeshore Trail


Backpack - Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Warm and sunny lakeside trail that delivers constantly changing views of Lake Chelan. Plus a boat ride!

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,850 ft

7:45am Friday at the Lady of the Lake ferry dock in Chelan. It's located one mile south of downtown Chelan on Highway 97A at 1418 W Woodin Ave.

Alternatively, meet at Eastgate Park and Ride at 4:45am Friday (14200 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue).

The plan is to catch the 8:30am Lady of the Lake ferry from Chelan.

A moderate backpacking trip to dust off the gear and get the legs working. We will travel at a consistent, steady pace. We'll travel together as a group. Expect short breaks for photos, snacks etc.

IMPORTANT: The ferry is popular - you must purchase ferry tickets (round trip) in advance. Each participant is responsible for their own round trip ferry ticket. (departing ticket: Chelan to Prince Creek, and returning: Stehekin to Chelan). Go to

The Plan: Day 1, Friday:

1. 8:30am, take the Lady of the Lake Ferry to Prince Creek. Land at Prince Creek at 11am.

2. Hike from Prince Creek to Moore Point (10miles, 3000ft gain). Rolling trail that parallels the lake. Camp at Moore Point. Opportunity to swim in the lake at Moore Point. Depending on pace, option to camp before Moore Point (7 miles @ Meadow Creek).

Day 2, Saturday: Hike from camp (Moore Point) to Stehekin (7miles, 1500ft gain). Option to grab food (burger and beer) in Stehekin (bring cash). Option 1: return to Chelan on the 2pm ferry.

Day 3, Sunday (option 2): Option to explore Stehekin, and the other trails in the area. Set up camp Saturday night in Stehekin, and return to Chelan Sunday (2pm ferry).

Other Considerations: The trail is exposed - plan sun protection and hydration accordingly.

Rattlesnakes have been observed on the trail, particularly as the weather heats up. Plan footwear accordingly. Be alert and aware on the trail.

Parking in Chelan: Overnight parking is available at the Chelan location for a fee.  The fenced lot is located across the street from the Chelan dock. The charge is $9.00 per night or $54.00 for the week.


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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