Stein River Canyon & Stein Valley


Backpack - Stein River Canyon & Stein Valley

Driving to Canada to hike a trail along a rushing river, amidst beautiful fall colors, in a breathtaking valley between towering mountains.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft

Greenlake Park and Ride at 65th at 6am Saturday morning

Although the trail head is just under 5 hours away, it is well worth the drive. 

**Note: Camping Friday night may be an option. We would drive up Friday night in that case to avoid getting up so early Saturday.

The fall colors and scenery are magnificent.  The hike takes us along the river for the most part.  There are a few places with switchbacks, and parts along scree fields, but for the most part, it's a relatively easy-moderate hike.  The one other thing I would like to note is that since we're going to be going during the end of the salmon season, salmon have beached themselves on the banks along the river so that tends to smell somewhat.  However, you're not smelling that too often, and once we get to camp, we don't smell it there either.  I can't emphasize enough how gorgeous this area is.  The trail is not popular at all this time of year, and you can really get a feeling of seclusion up there.  The campsites come equipped with bear lockers.  If rain is in the forecast, we might decide to hike the next weekend instead, depending on everyone's opinion of that.  There will also be an opportunity for a day hike either once we get to camp, or the morning after.  Here is a link to some extra info about the park:


Stein River Canyon & Stein Valley

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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