Chelan Lakeshore Trail
Jul 12, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Chelan Lakeshore Trail
- Region: Central Cascades -- Lake Chelan
- Agency: Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Golden West Visitor Center, Stehekin
- Trails: Chelan Lakeshore (#1247)
- Avg Rating: 3.25
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Ripe berries
We jumped off the boat at Prince Creek at 11am (Already 96 degrees and heating up for the earliest boat arrival available) and off we went toward Stehekin. The trail is in excellent shape. Water is available every few miles. (Dryer in the south and wetter in the north end of the trail.) It was
This trail has lots of small ups and downs as it is always climbing or descending. Most is a few hundred feet above the lake with constant views of this jewel of the Northwest. I think Lakeshore trail on Lake Chelan should be named Lake View trail.
There are few places to get to the lake during the first 10 miles or so and you have to hike some distance to reach the lake. Recent forest fires have blackened most of the tree bark and killed many of the trees along the way leaving little shade. Lots of wild flowers of every shape and color were showing their stuff.
Our overnight was at Cascade Creek Camp leaving around 12 miles for day two.
Cascade Creek like most the camps we saw on the trail is fantastic. It has a dock, a back-country toilet, and a picnic table. Some camps we saw have shelters. Not our typical northwest experience. The last 6 miles or so are lush and green with shade, lots of water, and lots of access to Lake Chelan.
I do highly recommend this trail for cooler weather. Mid July leaves little competition for campsites but it was too hot to walk and warm enough to sleep outside the bag without a shirt.