Chelan Lakeshore Trail


Backpack - Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Nestled on the northern shore of Lake Chelan lies the town Stehekin. Unreachable by car, the only way to reach it is by a four-hour ferry ride or float plane. A fun third option? Take the Lady of the Lake ferry to the Prince Creek Campground and backpack 17 miles into Stehekin!

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

The Lake Chelan Boat Company provides year-round scenic transportation on Lake Chelan.  On Oct 7, only the Lady Express is running.  You can board the Lady Express at two locations ($43 each way): 

- Chelan Boat Co Dock at 8:30am

-  Field’s Point Landing at 9:20am.

We will ferry to Prince Creek around 10:00 am to begin the backpacking trip.

All participants are responsible for booking their own passage on the ferry at the location of their choice.  


There are two main parking areas (for a fee) for up lake travel when using the Lady of the Lake services.  The Boat company dock in Chelan and Field’s Point Landing, located 17 miles out of Chelan on the South Shore road.

Field's Point Fees: Over Night: $7.00

Itinerary for the three-night trip from 10-7-21 to 10-10-21.


0800 – Board the Lady Express in Chelan or 9:20 Board the Lady Express at Field’s Point Landing

1000 – Arrive at Prince Creek Campground and depart for Meadow Creek Shelter Campground, 7.2 miles from Prince Creek.



0900ish – Depart from Meadow Creek Shelter Camp for Moore Point Campground, 4.4 miles away.



0800ish – Depart Moore Point Campground for Lakeview Campground, about 7 miles with a lunch stop at Flick Creek at 3.2 miles.



Early morning – Just two miles away is the Stehekin bakery - famous for their cinnamon rolls – just be back in time to catch your ferry at the Stehekin ferry dock. There is a shuttle up to the bakery.


1230 – Lady Express leaves Stehekin and arrive Field’s Point Landing at 1400 and Chelan at 1500

1400 – Lady of the Lake leaves Stehekin and arrives Field’s Point Landing at 16:45 and Chelan at 1800.


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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