Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Chelan Lakeshore Trail

A classic springtime backpacking trip totaling 18 miles over 3 days / 2 nights. Total elevation gain 4100ft. This field trip will give B3 students the opportunity to try out gear and new skills on a moderate 2-night backpack trip.

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,100 ft
  • Pace: 2mph

We’ll meet on Friday, May 3rd at 9:45AM in the parking lot at Field’s Point Landing outside of Chelan.  From there, we'll catch the Lady of the Lake ferry to get to the trailhead. Ferry departs at 10:20AM.

Note that the Field's Point Landing parking lot is approximately a 3 hour drive from Seattle.

Field’s Point Landing, Fields Point Road, Chelan, WA 98816

Drivers will need to pay for overnight parking upon arrival in the parking lot.

This is a moderate (but long distance!), beginner’s backpacking trip to give students the opportunity to try out their gear and apply the skills they've learned in the B3 course.  We’ll be hiking along the Chelan Lakeshore Trail, at a moderate pace (2 mph), with a goal of enjoying the area’s scenery and learning as much as possible. This is an early-season backpack featuring craggy, snow-capped peaks, a sapphire-blue lake and wildflowers. 

Caltopo GPS Trip Route:

Day 1: We’ll meet at Field’s Point Landing, take the Lady of the Lake ferry and be dropped off at Prince Creek. From Prince Creek, we'll hike up 10.9 miles to the Moore Point campsite, a large campsite with lots of space, nice bathrooms, beautiful views and a dock for easy water access. There also will be bear lockers here to store food in so we won’t have to bring bear canisters.

Day 2: From Moore Point, we'll hike up 7 miles to the little town of Stehekin and set up camp at the Lakeview/Purple Point campsite in Stehekin. After our 7-mile Saturday, we’ll have a variety of options:

Hang out in camp, rent bikes by the hour in Stehekin, explore Stehekin by foot, and/or visit the Stehekin Bakery.  I'll be at the bakery. :)

Day 3: Before catching the 12:30pm ferry out of Stehekin, we can do an early day hike up towards Purple Pass, or we can stop by the Stehekin Bakery for breakfast/lunch. Stehekin Bakery Menu:

The ferry will arrive at Field's Point Landing at 3:00PM

Participants will each be responsible for the $92 roundtrip ferry fee. Advanced ferry reservations will need to be made for this trip at least 1 week prior to the trip either online at or by calling 509-682-4584.

This trip will happen rain or shine.


Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials, plus overnight gear as specified by the trip leader

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