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94 Hikes
Cow Creek Meadows

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
11.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
Hike through an old burn zone to reach an idyllic meadow high in the Entiat Mountains.
 
 
Imus Creek Trail

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
0.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 1340.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
If you only have a short time to hike while visiting the secluded town of Stehekin, hop on the Imus Creek Trail to sample what the North Cascades National Park has to offer. This easy self-guided nature walk runs behind the landing for a one mile loop to an overlook of the lake and the majestic mountains that make up the Lake Chelan Valley.
 
 
North Fork Bridge Creek

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
6.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 1473 ft.
Highest Point: 4099.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
The North Fork of Bridge Creek is a tucked-away gem of a hike in the North Cascades National Park. Accessible from both the Stehekin valley and Highway 20, many people blaze past this side trip on their way along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). But if you choose to explore this branch, you'll be rewarded with stunning mountain valleys at the base of Mount Logan, one of many striking peaks in the North Cascades. Of course, you'll have to share the trail with brush, bugs, and maybe even bears to get there.
 
 
Agnes Gorge

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
This easy day hike is a great destination for families staying in the Stehekin Valley. Huckleberries line the slopes in the fall, and the 200-foot deep gorge you hike along provides thrills at any time of year. Plus, it's a relatively short hike in a valley of miles-long trails.
 
 
Upper Stehekin Valley Road Trail

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
11.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Once upon a time, the road in Stehekin extended all the way to Cottonwood Camp, more than ten miles further into the lush green valley. But strong river activity due to snowmelt and rain events washed the road out frequently, and for one final time in 2003. Now it's accessible by foot only, and many of the trails found along this route are some of your best chance for solitude in the state.
 
 
Rainbow Falls Mist Trail

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Cascading 312 feet from Rainbow Creek high above the Stehekin valley floor, Rainbow Falls is perhaps the most popular natural destination for day visitors to the Stehekin Valley. And now, thanks to efforts from the National Park Service trail crew, a short trail exists here, offering a modest amount of elevation gain for a new vantage point of the waterfall.
 
 
Howard Lake

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2180.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
Just behind the High Bridge Guard Station at the end of the road in Stehekin, a trail leads to a quiet little lake nestled in lush, vibrant forest. This trail is primarily used by hikers heading to the summit of McGregor Mountain, the most prominent peak towering over the Stehekin Valley, but Howard Lake is a nice destination in and of itself, if you don’t have the time or the desire to tackle the 16 mile roundtrip hike up McGregor.
 
 
Horseshoe Basin (Stehekin)

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 1315 ft.
Highest Point: 4950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
A spectacular, waterfall-filled cirque near Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm, Horseshoe Basin is just far enough away from both trailheads that access it to warrant making it an overnight trip. But you'll need to be sure to have your backpacking permits should you elect to hike here.
 
 
Goode Ridge

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 6600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
A fine trail for those willing to climb to get to great views in a remote part of the North Cascades National Park. Best done as a side trip off an overnight trip from Rainy Pass to Stehekin, or something similar.
 
 
Buckner Orchard Walk

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Take a walk around the historic (and still operational) apple orchard in the Stehekin valley.
 
 
Stehekin River Trail

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
If you’re overnighting in the Stehekin Valley and just want a riverside ramble to while away the hours, try the Stehekin River Trail. It’s an easy forested walk along the mighty Stehekin River on a side of the valley that few visitors get to see.
 
 
Larch Lakes (Entiat)

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
A hike to two lakes situated in a remote hanging valley in the Entiat, this beautiful hike is ideal for adventurous backpackers in the autumn who are looking for larches.
 
 
Entiat River

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
15.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2690 ft.
Highest Point: 5760.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
A long, rambling gateway into the eastern side of Glacier Peak Wilderness, the Entiat River Trail culminates at its namesake glacier with Mount Maude, Seven Fingered Jack and Mount Fernow towering above. Ravaged by wildfires over the years, the majority of the trail is exposed, dry and dusty. Both flora and fauna are slowly returning and the revealed panorama of bordering peaks makes for an extraordinary wilderness corridor.
 
 
Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
17.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4030 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(16 votes)
Looking for an early-season backpack featuring craggy, snow-capped peaks, a sapphire-blue lake, a myriad of wildflowers, and a trail that’s regularly maintained by WTA volunteers? The 17-mile thru-hike on the Chelan Lakeshore Trail might be just the thing for you.
 
 
Devore Creek

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
15.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 5400 ft.
Highest Point: 6600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Trail closed: This trail remains closed due to the Devore Creek Fire
Climbing steeply up into the mountains to the west of Lake Chelan, the Devore Creek Trail begins in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area near Weaver Point Campground, offering miles of hiking and adventuring.
 
 
West Fork Agnes Creek

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
17.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
The West Fork Agnes Creek trail used to head west from Fivemile Camp on the Pacific Crest Trail (also known here as the South Fork Agnes Creek Trail). The West Fork Agnes Creek trail is now all but vanished. Navigating it is a rough bushwhack along the West Fork of Agnes Creek, with no destination except the base of 8115-foot Agnes Mountain.
 
 
Canyon Lake

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.17
(6 votes)
A rewarding hike on an unmaintained trail takes you past peaks and across meadows to a stunning lake.
 
 
Spider Gap

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
1.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 1650 ft.
Highest Point: 7040.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(5 votes)
Spider Gap is the pass in the ridge between Spider Meadow and Lyman Lakes. Start out on the Phelps Creek Trail to its end in Spider Meadow. The Spider Gap Trail climbs steeply from here for 1.2 miles, topping out at the ridge and connecting to the Lyman Lakes Trail.
 
 
Holden Village to High Bridge

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
32.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A more than 30 mile hike on the west side of Lake Chelan, from Holden Village to High Bridge at the north end of Stehekin.
 
 
Monkey Bear Falls

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
Hike this lovely, flat trail in the forests of the North Cascades to a quiet waterfall about 2.5 miles from Holden Village.
 
 
Flat Creek

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Flat Creek is a short day hike out of the Flat Creek Campground on the old Stehekin Valley Road. However, to get to the Stehekin road is a day or more trip, so you'll need to plan more than one day for this trip.
 
 
Company Creek

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
11.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 5400 ft.
Highest Point: 6600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
A trail that climbs out of the Stehekin River valley and into the Glacier Peak wilderness.
 
 
Moore Point

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Moore Point is a starting point for hikers tackling the Lakeshore Trail, a popular spring backpacking trip. This trail is free from winter snow earlier than many thanks to its low elevation, and because of that, it can get quite full in the early season. Consider starting your hike midweek if you prefer to hike in solitude.
 
 
Purple Pass

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5700 ft.
Highest Point: 6884.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
A long, steady climb takes you from the Stehekin Landing to a high pass more than a mile above the surface of Lake Chelan. Those willing to complete the eight miles and 5,700 feet of climbing needed to reach the pass are rewarded with incredible views of the lake gorge, the Stehekin Valley and peaks stretching from the Cascade Pass area to the Glacier Peak Wilderness.
 
 
Beebe Creek Wildlife Area

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Visiting the Beebe is more of a leg stretcher or bird watching location than a destination hiking location. That much being said, it has bountiful wildlife, an ADA accessible trail, and broad vistas. Do note that it is closed seasonally from December 1 to March 15.
 
 
Chelan Butte

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
7.46 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.91
(11 votes)
A moderate hike up the side of Chelan Butte and across the top of the ridge promises outstanding views of the Columbia Plateau, Columbia River, Lake Chelan and surrounding areas.
 
 
Prince Creek

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Prince Creek is the starting point for hikers tackling the full Lakeshore Trail, a popular spring backpacking trip. This trail is free from winter snow earlier than many thanks to its low elevation, and because of that, it can get quite full in the early season. Consider starting your hike midweek if you prefer to hike in solitude.
 
 
Rainbow Loop

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 2200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Popular with locals and overnight visitors alike, the Rainbow Loop is a short and sweet way to get a feel for the valley and its breathtaking scenery. Combine it with a bike ride and a bakery visit and you'll get the full Stehekin valley experience in one day.
 
 
McGregor Mountain

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6200 ft.
Highest Point: 8122.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
The most prominent peak in the Stehekin Valley, McGregor Mountain offers commanding views of the valley, Lake Chelan and a wide swath of the North Cascades, in addition to a high alpine environment that is equaled by few other trails anywhere. Though long and challenging, the trail is moderate in pitch, gaining a little over 6,000 feet in elevation over a measured eight miles, until the final scramble to the summit.
 
 
Tyee Lookout

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2160 ft.
Highest Point: 6640.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
It is possible to drive all the way to the top of Tyee Ridge for majestic views of the land below. But the last 4 miles of the road to the top is extremely rough, so visitors can make that section a short hike with fabulous views.