Lake Chelan Trails

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Twisp Pass–South Pass :: Lake Chelan, WA

Deep glacier-carved valleys, lofty ridges and jagged peaks, majestic old growth and alpine wildfl ower gardens—they’re all yours on this trek along and up and over (twice) the high divide between the Twisp and Stehekin river watersheds. Most of this

Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park :: Chelan, WA

Creeks flowing into 55-mile-long Lake Chelan were named for their distance up the lake from the town of Chelan—hence Twenty-Five Mile Creek’s name. The 235-acre park includes 1,500 feet of lakeshore with a modern marina and ferry landing. The camp is

Chelan to Leavenworth :: Chelan, WA

This 62-mile drive follows along the south shore of Lake Chelan to Lake Chelan State Park, takes Navarre Coulee around Bear Mountain, follows the Columbia River to Wenatchee, and turns west along the Wenatchee River to Leavenworth. Lake Chelan is 52

Lake Chelan :: Chelan, WA

Although it is better known as a tourist destination, Lake Chelan and its surrounding areas have a lot to offer bird-watchers. From Bald Eagles fishing off the lakeshore to Red-naped Sapsucker and mountain waterfowl species that can be seen on the so

Lake Chelan State Park :: Chelan, WA

This popular state park covers 127 acres and has over 1 mile of waterfront on the south shore of Lake Chelan, including 300 feet of sandy beach. A lot of recreational boaters and anglers use the park as a base. So if you prefer a quiet setting, l

Chelan Lakeshore :: Stehekin, WA

This trail follows the eastern shore of Lake Chelan from the Stehekin visitor center all the way to the mouth of Prince Creek. The lakeshore along this trail was heavily damaged in 2007 during the Flick Creek Fire, which burned 8,000 acres of timber

Chelan Lakeshore Trail :: Stehekin, WA

A long day hike or short backpack from Stehekin to Moore Point, at the mouth of Fish Creek, 13.6 miles round trip.

Chelan Lakeshore Trail :: Chelan, WA

The trail can be hiked from the north or the south, though hiking from south to north is recommended because it provides more views of the mountains of the North Cascades. For the southern trailhead, hop off the boat at Prince Creek. If instead hik

Shady Pass - Lake Chelan :: Chelan, WA

Traversing the rugged and steep Chelan Mountains provides excellent views, from over 6,000 feet elevation, of the Cascade Range, Entiat Valley, Lake Chelan, and the Columbia Basin to the southeast. The burned forest you’ll encounter is an eerie sight

Lanham Lake :: Leavenworth, WA

This narrow forest trail climbs gently alongside a gurgling ice-rimmed creek and leads to a picturesque alpine lake. The trail is often attempted by cross-country skiers, but the narrow path and thick forest often send them packing before they comple

Oval Lakes :: Twisp, WA

An exhilarating loop into the jagged and lofty Sawtooth Range visits larch groves, remote basins, windswept high ridges, and sparkling alpine lakes in the Lake Chelan–Sawtooth Wilderness, a 150,000-plus-acre wild wedge on the Methow River–Lake Chelan

Crater Lakes :: Twisp, WA

Hike this 8.4-mile out-and-back day trip or backpack to a scenic lake basin in the Sawtooth Range east of Lake Chelan in the Okanogan National Forest. The lake offers a good base camp for trout fishing, or for further roaming of the lakes and peaks

Lyman Lakes :: Chelan, WA

This 16.2-mile out-and-back backpack trip starts at a remote mining-town-turned-retreat deep in the Railroad Creek Valley and leads to the spectacular turquoise Lower Lyman Lake in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. From here, explore meadows above and gla

Grade Creek - Cooper Ridge :: Manson, WA

You will climb 4,700 feet up the western face of steep and deeply furrowed mountains that tower over the 55-mile-long, water-filled glacial trough of Lake Chelan. Then you will drive on the crest of the narrow ridge that separates the lake and Methow

Lake Creek - Entiat River :: Entiat, WA

This is another easy-access campground on the Entiat River. This one is located where Lake Creek empties into the river after descending 4 miles from Pawn Lakes in the Chelan Mountains. Hiking trails here go in all directions. The campground is prett

Flora Mountain :: Stehekin, WA

Set apart from the main mountains that line the western shores of Lake Chelan, Flora is a hulking mass — a huge blob — between the town of Holden and the lake. Flora’s profile is mostly above timberline, and desolate and barren. Yet the mount does ha

Oval Lakes :: Oval Peak, WA

On this exhilarating loop into the lofty Sawtooth Ridge, visit larch forests, alpine tundra plains, windswept ridges, and one, two—maybe more— sparkling alpine lakes. Scramble an 8000-foot summit and behold a serrated sea of mountains and fjordlike L

Chelan Summit Trail (Backpacking) :: Twisp, WA

East of the Lake Chelan trench rises the craggy Sawtooth Range. Although they carry the same name as the more famous mountains in Idaho, these peaks are much less crowded. Protected by the moisture-loving ranges to the west, these drier mountains fea

Adventure on a Long, Long Lake: Mule Deer on the East Slope :: Chelan, WA

Take a boat ride on Lake Chelan, deepest gorge in North America. Soak up the solitude and alpine scenery. See mule deer, mountain goats, and maybe even a cougar. To make it an easy day trip, stay overnight in either Wenatchee or Chelan. After break

Alta Lake State Park :: Chelan, WA

This 181-acre state park is situated in a pine forest at the eastern edge of the Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest. It offers most of the usual amenities as well as 300 feet of beach and a 0.6-mile hiking trail. There is even a golf course nearb

Foggy Dew :: Twisp, WA

This camp is still about 8 miles shy of Sawtooth Ridge above Lake Chelan, but it feels like it is deep in the wilderness. It is a good-sized campground, though primitive. Foggy Dew Creek flows into the North Fork Gold Creek here, and there are lo

Agnes Creek :: Stehekin, WA

A four-hour scenic boat ride up Lake Chelan to the small mountain town of Stehekin and an 11-mile bus ride that conveniently stops at the Stehekin Bakery eventually brings you to the trailhead. From there, the trail takes off up a long, remote valley

Bonanza Peak: East face via Mary Green Glacier :: Holden Village, WA

Bonanza Peak is the highest non-volcanic peak in the Cascade Range and one of the most challenging summits included in this guide, all things considered. Bonanza Peak is a precipitous, heavily glaciated granitic peak rising about 15 miles west of Lak

Sahale Peak: Sahale Glacier :: Marblemount, WA

Sahale Peak (officially Sahale Mountain but climbers know it as Sahale Peak) is the sharply pointed peak rising immediately north of Cascade Pass. It is an attractive peak, accessible and relatively simple to climb with remarkable panoramic views. Th

Reynolds Peak :: Winthrop, WA

Located south of Washington Pass and east of Lake Chelan, Reynolds Peak is the highest formation in this part of the Methow Mountains. Many more of Washington’s tallest mountains are situated here on the Chelan-Sawtooth Crest, but they are gentler in

Stehekin River Trail :: Stehekin, WA

This trail follows the west side of the Stehekin River to a backcountry campground at the head of Lake Chelan. For the most part, the trail runs through a diverse bottomland forest, but there are periodic views of the Stehekin River and the surroundi

Silver Falls Campground :: Entiat, WA

This listing comes highly endorsed by a number of sources, including the manager of the state parks at Lake Chelan. That should tell you something.

War Creek :: Winthrop, WA

Located just 2 trail miles from the boundary of the Lake Chelan–Sawtooth Wilderness, this forested camp is popular with hikers and backpackers. The setting is very pleasant but watch out for rattlesnakes occasionally seen in the area.

Pyramid Mountain :: Pyramid Mountain, WA

Saunter (okay, grunt) to the top of an 8000-plusfoot peak that stands watch over the dramatic inland fjord of Lake Chelan and the lonely high country of the North Fork Entiat River basin. Flanked by the craggy, skypiercing Chelan Mountains, and grace

Roads End Campground :: Gilbert, WA

You would have to hike to get any farther from civilization than this primitive campground. And since it sits 0.25 mile from the Lake Chelan–Sawtooth Wilderness boundary, that would be no problem. The campground is located on the Twisp River near Gil

Lakeshore RV Park :: Chelan, WA

Because of its in-town location, Lakeshore RV Park is for the social set, especially during summer. It is within easy walking distance of shopping and restaurants, and Chelan is very busy during the summer tourist season. It may even be the recreatio

Cascade Pass :: Marblemount, WA

This strenuous but short 7.4-mile out-and-back trip offers some of the best rewards for the effort in the Cascades. Climbing steeply through forest, the trail emerges into a wonderland of hanging glaciers, waterfalls, and soaring peaks. From the pa

Echo Ridge :: Chelan, WA

Echo Ridge Sno-Park is the result of hard work on the part of the Lake Chelan Nordic Club and the personnel of the Chelan Ranger District. This sno-park provides skiers with a machine-free area where they can enjoy the excellent scenery of the sout

Mt. Fernow and Copper Peak :: Stehekin, WA

Highest of the Entiat Mountains, Mt. Fernow rivals Bonanza Peak for the supreme summit west of Lake Chelan. Only a few hundred feet lower than Bonanza (Trip 25), Fernow is drier and less glaciated, and therefore more welcoming to entry-level mountain

Tupshin Peak and Devore Peak :: Stehekin, WA

Tupshin and Devore Peaks are an eye-catching twosome along the Devore Creek Trail, which winds its way up from Lake Chelan toward the Cascade Crest. Because the two mountains are situated along the same stream, this trip is best done as a oneway jour

Dark Peak :: Stehekin, WA

Dark Peak is a good example of the drudgery involved in climbing some of Washington’s highest peaks. Just getting within striking distance of the summit requires perseverance: you must take the boat up Lake Chelan, ride the shuttle bus, then hike for

Stehekin Group :: Diablo, WA

Goode Mountain, Storm King, and Mt. Logan are some of the largest monster crags in the North Cascades. This Stehekin Group forms the backbone of the Cascade Crest amid surrounding ice-clad spires. Goode Mountain dominates the entire wave of mountains

Cascade Pass–Sahale Arm :: Marblemount, WA

One of the most scenic, accessible, and—not surprisingly—popular high-country romps in the North Cascades takes you from the base of a formidable wall of jagged, icy summits to a high pass dividing the Cascade and Stehekin river watersheds. Once

Stormy Mountain Road :: Ardenvoir, WA

After climbing 4,000 feet, much of it on narrow mountainside shelves with long drop-offs, you will follow a ridge with panoramas that reach from the peaks of the Cascades to Lake Chelan and the vast, semiarid Columbia Basin to the east. On a largely

Grand Coulee Dam Loop :: Coulee City, WA

This 215-mile loop follows the Columbia River through the dry Columbia Plateau, visits at least 3 hydroelectric dams, traverses the Colville Indian Reservation, and returns to Chelan from Banks Lake over basalt-studded wheatlands. Begin the drive by

Twisp River Trail :: Twisp, WA

The first half of this moderately difficult 13-mile loop is on a good singletrack trail. The remainder is on well-maintained paved and gravel roads. Although the river is often audible from the trail, views of the water are rare. Clearings offer exce

Forgotten Trail Loop :: Cle Elum, WA

A rugged loop trip along a segment of the abandoned County Line Trail. The Forgotten Trail Loop is a high traverse of the so-called County Line Peaks, a subrange of rocky mountains dividing the Teanaway River and Ingalls Creek drainages, which also f

Stehekin Valley Trails :: Stehekin, WA

The community of Stehekin lies nestled at the base of ice-clad mountains at the head of 50-mile-long Lake Chelan. It has the faintly exotic appearance of being out of time with the rest of the world. And indeed it is: Accessible only by boat or airpl

Mount Fernow: Southwest Slope :: Trinity, WA

Mount Fernow is the highest summit of the Entiat Mountains, a subrange of 9,000-foot peaks dividing the Entiat River and Leroy Creek about midway between Glacier Peak and Lake Chelan. Like other Entiat peaks, it is somewhat remote with abundant snow,

Mount Maude: South Shoulder :: Trinity, WA

Mount Maude is the second highest and most popular summit of the Entiat Mountains, a subrange of mountains dividing the upper tributaries of the Entiat River that is about midway between Glacier Peak and Lake Chelan. Maude is fairly remote, at leas

Bonanza West Peak: Northwest Buttress :: Leavenworth, WA

The tallest nonvolcanic peak in the Cascades stands out near the head of Lake Chelan. Bonanza, with its two horns and impressive glaciers, is easy to identify from locations around the range. You can see it clearly from Washington and Cascade Passes,

Fish Lake :: Cle Elum, WA

This one is out in the boonies for sure, just 6 miles south of the point at which King County, Chelan County, and Kittitas County intersect and 3 miles east of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. The 2-acre camp is set nicely on the north