Jul. 11, 2017
Pristine glacier fed water. Surrounding peaks over 9,000 feet tall. Towering alpine trees. No roads in or out. A remote paradise.
It's not a magical land in a fairytale; this is Stehekin, one of Lake Chelan's real life treasures. Situated at the headwaters of the lake on the north end, Stehekin is only accessible by boat, seaplane, or trails. A visit here is an unique way to slow down and truly appreciate the natural beauty of the Chelan Valley.
This remoteness of Stehekin makes it feel almost untouched by time. Only 95 people live here full time. Hundreds of years ago, Native Americans gave it its name meaning "the way through" as they used the area as a travel route. In the years since, homesteaders, traders, hunters, hikers on the Pacific Crest trail and other outdoor enthusiasts have found their way through, as tourists now do. The National Park Service operates a small visitor center today, which originally opened in 1927 as a resort hotel.
Hiking, biking or horseback riding on the 100-year-old trails, fishing for trout, hunting, and lakeside camping are all popular reasons to spend time in the area. This end of the lake is a major outdoor recreation hub, providing access to the 60,000 acre Lake Chelan National Forest Wilderness Areas.
Day trips are also available, thanks to the historic Lady of the Lake passenger ferry. Recognized by National Geographic and Sunset Magazine as a "Must See Trip", this ride has incredible views and stops along several points along the lake. It's a great way to make Stehekin a part of your next Chelan trip - and enjoy the ride!
Photo credit: Flickr, prayingmother