We went on a three day backpacking trip on the Lakeshore Trail for the Memorial Day weekend with some friends. The lake in question is lake Chelan in central Washington. Here are some photos.
Lake Chelan is a long lake, 53 miles long and there are no roads past about a third of that distance. The trailhead is way uplake at Prince Creek. To get there you need to take a boat from Chelan.
Lady of the Lake II
Three hours later we got dropped off at the trailhead
Prince Creek Camp
and we’re off in one of the more isolated areas in the lower 48. The only way out is on foot.
Here’s our first day of hiking
The lake is about a mile wide all the way up and mostly steep shores. It makes for dramatic views
Our guidebook pointed us to a great camp spot for the first night. It wasn’t easy to find but well worth the effort.
Here’s what it looked like out our tent door
It wasn’t all great. The wind was howling from up the lake, there was the constant thought of rattlesnakes, I had issues with my stove (thanks for the stove assist, Nanci, Laurie and Michale!) and there was the late evening visit from a man with his kid (no map) looking for his wife at a camp 3 miles up the trail (no kidding), but what a great evening it was.
The wind died down overnight and we woke up to a brilliant sunny morning
Closeup on that outhouse thing
We first hiked up to the boat landing at Moore Creek Point
Laura crossing Moore Creek
The second day’s hike looked like this
The plan was to hike somewhere a couple mile short of Stehekin and then walk into town to catch the boat back on Sunday. The second day had the highest vantages
Here I am striking the Warrior pose
We were looking for a particular campground but never found it so we ended up hiking all the way into Stehekin. Our timing was good because there was a shuttle bus leaving right as we arrived and the driver agreed to take us up to the Harlequin Camp 4 miles up the road. It turned out to be a great campsite with only a large group of Boy Scouts to share it with us.
Picnic table and fire ring! (and more than a few mosquitoes)
In the evening the aforementioned bus driver dropped by our camp with the other driver and a few beers. Stehekin is a small, isolated town with only about 100 permanent residents so I suppose we were what passes for good entertainment for the locals. The drivers, Ronnie and Steve were a pretty entertaining guests with good stories to tell and they also brought some firewood so we had a nice campfire.
The final day was pretty cushy.
Day 3 (the walk from Harlequin Camp)
We walked down the 4 miles of paved road to the boat dock in Stehekin. The highlights are Rainbow Falls
and the Stehekin bakery (Mmmm)
Then it was onto the boat and back to Chelan
We had pretty good weather overall. It was supposed to rain and it did rain a bit but not too bad. It wasn’t too hot either. We got a couple of great campgrounds and had a lot of fun.