A great option for those interested in a multi-day backpacking trip that’s a little less accessible, this hike along Lake Chelan offers beautiful views of some of the higher mountain peaks in the area.
Nearest Town: Stehekin
Skill Level: 2.
Fitness Level: 3 if done as a day trip, 2 if done as a backpacking trip
Distance: 18 miles from Prince Creek to Stehekin
Maps. See our map below.
Access: Trail leaves from Prince Creek Campground on Lake Chelan and is not accessible by road. Hikers must travel about 36 miles uplake by boat. Passage on the Lady of the Lake can be booked from Field’s Point Landing, and hikers can also catch the boat in Stehekin for the return trip. For more information, contact the Lake Chelan Boat Company (509-682-4585 or www.ladyofthelake.com).
Trip Instructions: The trip from Prince Creek Campground to Stehekin takes roughly two and a half days. Campsites are located at Cascade Creek, Meadow Creek Shelter, Moore Point and Flick Creek.
Uses Allowed: Hiking, horseback riding
Uses Not Allowed: Mtn bikes, motorized vehicles
Additional Information: Read this trip report prepared by the Wenatchee World (2006). And this trip report from the Wenatchee World is even more current (2010).
Leave It Better Than You Found It. This should be every outdoor user’s goal. Pick up trash left by others, pull some noxious weeds along your route, throw branches over unwanted spur trails, don’t ride or walk wet trails when you’re leaving ruts/footprints deeper than ¼ inch…
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