Backpack - Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Chelan Lakeshore Trail

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

9:00 AM at Field's Point Landing, Chelan

This area is blessed with 300 days of sun a year, a fabulous warm escape from the May doldrums around the Puget Sound. 3-4 hour drive to Chelan from Seattle, then early morning boat (Lady of the Lake) up Lake Chelan to the 'whistle stop' landing at Prince Creek. Check Lady of the Lake for departure times, which can vary seasonally. (Camping and hotels available in Chelan.) From Prince Creek the trail rambles the lakeshore through huge trees and meadows, past frothing waterfalls and through rich flower displays, all this with the backdrop of sweeping mountain views across the lake. Camps are available at multiple locations along the lakeshore enabling an easy 3-day walk into the unique, unforgettable little town of Stehekin, accessible only by boat or foot. This trail can be very hot from June onwards (April-May are excellent, though abbreviated boat schedules!) Rattlesnakes can be found on the trail in the mid-summer months. The trail can be hiked as a one way from Prince Creek landing, or as an out-and-back from Stehekin landing. Camping is also available in Stehekin.

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