Backpack - Chelan Lakeshore Trail


Backpack - Chelan Lakeshore Trail

NO PERMISSION REQUESTS ACCEPTED BEFORE REGISTRATION OPENS! PRIORITY MAY BE GIVEN TO B3 COURSE STUDENTS FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF REGISTRATION. We'll take the Lady of the Lake boat to Prince Creek to start this early-spring classic 18 mile walk with 4850 total feet of elevation gain. NOTE: a Lady of the Lake boat ticket and two night parking pass will be required to go on this trip

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,850 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

We will meet at the Field's Point Landing at 8:30AM on Thursday May 20 to catch the 9:45AM boat.  Everyone will be required to have a boat ticket purchased in advance.  Instructions will be sent out in advance of the trip.  We will camp two nights along the trail, arriving in Stehekin late morning on Saturday May 22, and will catch the boat to get us back to Field's point around 430PM that day.

This is an early spring classic, likely to feature lots of wildflowers as well as lovely lakeshore views and a chance of sunny weather when the west side is still gloomy!  

Even though this is a "lakeshore" hike, there are many hills as we go up and down on the bluffs along the lake.  It can be quite warm during the day.  Please do not sign up for this backpack trip unless you are in good condition, having done some strenuous day-hiking in the months before the trip!  Leader permission is requested so that the leader can verify experience and conditioning sufficient for you to succeed.

We will have lunch at Prince Creek before we start walking, and then head approximately to Meadow Creek for the first night's camp.  The second day we will stop for lunch and a swim (weather permitting) at Moore Point, ending the day at Flick Creek camp.  That should leave us with plenty of time for a leisurely stroll into Stehekin in time to have lunch and catch the 2PM boat back downlake on Sunday.

There may be some swift-water crossings requiring water shoes and trekking poles on this route.

More details to be provided as the trip approaches!  Note that tent space is limited at the lakeshore camps so tent sharing will be strongly encouraged if allowed within the covid-19 rules.  


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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