• View from Sourdough Mountain Overlook  A view looking down onto Diablo Lake. Photo Credit: NPS/Michael Silverman, 2010.

    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

Camping in Stehekin

Stehekin offers camping in a range of settings, from lakeside sites to quiet roadside camps to backpacking sites. Most camps are small, primitive sites, and all camping (with the exception of lakeside sites) requires a free backcountry permit, available from the Golden West Visitor Center (509-699-2080, ext. 14). Lakeside sites do not require a backcountry permit, but private boaters may need to obtain a Federal Dock permit if using one of the docks.

 

Area

Camp

# of
Sites

Miles
from
Landing

Elevation
(ft)

Group?

Access:
(R)oad, (B)oat,
(F)oot

Comments

Lower Valley Purple Point

6

0.3

1100

R, B, F

Near boat landing. Treated water and flush toilet.
Lower Harlequin

7

4.4

1200

Y

R, F

Nearest camp to Rainbow Falls and River Trail.

Lower

Rainbow
Bridge

2

4.5

2200

F

2 miles up Rainbow Loop Trail near bridge.

High Bridge

High Bridge

2

11

1650

F

Across the bridge from the High Bridge Shuttle stop. On the PCT.
High
Bridge
Tumwater

2

12

1750

F

Near a thunderous river gorge.
Mid-Valley Shady

1

14.7

1920

F

Flood damaged. Must access from north.
Mid Bridge Creek

6

16

2100

Y

F

Stock corral available. Located on the PCT.
Upper
Valley
Park Creek

2

18.5

2250

F

Located at Park Creek trailhead.
Upper Flat Creek

4

18.8

2300

F

Located across bridge in forest.
Upper Cottonwood

4

23

2750

F

On the upper Stehekin River along the trail to Cascade Pass.
Lakeside Weaver Point

22

n/a

1100

B, F

Treated water. Across from the Stehekin Landing by boat. Limited moorage.
Lakeside Manly Wham

1

n/a

1100

B

Lakeshore camp near Bridal Veil Falls.
Lakeside Flick Creek

1

n/a

1100

B, F

Camp located near Lakeshore Trail.

Did You Know?

Grizzly bear track in North Cascades National Park (1989). Photo Credit: NPS/NOCA/Roger Christophersen

Grizzly bear tracks can be a reliable indicator of species? Grizzly bear and black bear forepaw tracks are distinct from one another and often times better than a photo of the bear to confirm an observation. So don't just look up, look down.