Chelan Lakeshore trail, BP-2
Leader: Steve Ghan. Sign up via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $33 driving + $68 boat (reservations required) + share of $21 parking.
Depart: 6:00 am at Spudnut parking lot in Richland.
This longtime I-MAC favorite backpacking trip spends either three days sauntering or two days striding for 17 miles along the shore of and over bluffs above Lake Chelan.
May is the perfect time of year for this, as flowers speckle the meadows amidst the trees. The trip begins on Sunday (to avoid the weekend crowds) with an early three-hour drive to Fields Point Landing at Lake Chelan, boarding the Lady of the Lake at 9:45. After a spectacular voyage up the 6000 foot deep trough of the lake, we disembark the boat at Prince Creek at 11:00, and walk 7 miles through a mix of field and forest to Meadow Creek Shelter, where we’ll camp on the first night. On day two we’ll walk an easy 4 miles to camps at Moore Point, which features remnants of an orchard and a large old hotel. The final day is a 7-mile hike over bluffs (with big views) to Stehekin, the remote village at the upper end of Lake Chelan. Lunch on the deck outside the restaurant is a fine way to savor the charms of this special place. The Lady Express departs Stehekin at 12:30, returning to Fields Point Landing at 2:00.
Reservations are required for the boats. Go to https://ladyofthelake.com, Book Now…One Way Trips. You’ll need to book separate tickets for uplake and downlake, because different boats run Sundays and Tuesdays. Book on the Lady of the Lake Uplake on Sunday May 15. Cost is $25. To book, click on the date and then the box that appears below the calendar showing the date of the ticket. Book on Lady Express Downlake on Tuesday May 17. Cost is $43 ($41 seniors).