Backpack - Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Chelan Lakeshore Trail

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2:00 PM at TBD
This is a fabulous early-season easy ramble among big pines, waterfalls and wildflowers along lovely lake Chelan to the unforgettable little town of Stehekin, accessible only by boat or foot. We’ll also experience the unfolding glory of this 55-mile-long lake from the Lady of the Lake boat shuttle to our trailhead and back from the end. And best of all, it's far likelier to be sunny and warm in this sunshine capital of Washington!

It's a 3 to 4 hour drive to Chelan, and we'll need to meet our boat at around 9:30AM, so we will decide as a group whether to drive over the afternoon of May 17 and camp in the Chelan campground on the lakeshore, or depart very early on the morning of May 18 to catch the boat. We’ll take the boat up to the Prince Creek ‘whistle-stop’ (weather permitting), shoulder our packs and walk the ups and downs of the lakeshore trail 17.5 miles and ~2000’ total elevation gain to Stehekin. We’ll hike about 7 miles the first day to camp at Meadow Creek, 4-6 miles the second day (with exploring) to camp at Moore Point or Flick Creek, and 4-7 miles on the last day into Stehekin. Then we’ll catch the boat at 2PM, arriving back to our cars by around 4:45PM for the drive back to Seattle (should get there ~10PM, eat along the way). Carpools will be arranged based on where our hikers live.

Weather during our visit will feature 70-90 degree days and 50-60 degree nights, likely sunny but still potential for rainy periods. Follow the forecast at;=-120.6564879&site;=all&smap;=1&searchresult;=Stehekin%2C%20WA%2098852%2C%20USA. The trip could be moved or cancelled if weather is terrible.

This is a very good beginners backpack. A gear checklist and food planning assistance will be provided by email two weeks before the trip. Leader will spend time on-trail and at camp reviewing gear and methods and offering advice as needed. Maps for the trip are Green Trails #82 Stehekin, #114 Lucerne and #115 Prince Creek; maps can also be obtained for free online at or

This trip will require an expenditure of $35.75 per person for the Lady of the Lake boat and ~$16 per person(depending on tent sharing) if we need a Chelan campsite – these must be reserved in advance, so the leader will contact you about these arrangements. Please sign up early so that reservations can be secured. Funds may not be refundable upon cancellation.

Note: while this trip is open to all club members, the focus of the trip will be instructional as it is also part of the Foothills Branch B3 Backpacking Series.
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