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

    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

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  • State Route 20 closed at Mile Post 134, Ross Dam

    After a brief closure at Newhalem due to an avalanche and unstable conditions, SR 20 has re-opened to its normal winter closure point at MP 134, Ross Dam. The highway will remain closed from Ross Dam to MP 171 (Silver Star Creek) until spring re-opening. More »

  • Ross Dam Haul Road Closure Continues

    A short segment of the Ross Dam Haul Road between the Diablo Lake suspension bridge and the tunnel remains closed to public use due to continued recovery following a March 2010 landslide. The closure will remain in effect through 2014. More »

  • Notice of planned work for the Cascade River Road, fall 2014

    Visitors planning to access the park via the Cascade River Road after Labor Day should be advised that the Park Service is planning a fall closure of this road at Eldorado Creek (3 miles before the end of the road) in order to perform permanent repairs. More »

Stehekin Trails

Note: the listed mileages are ONE-WAY. For backpacking options, visit the backpacking page and scroll down to the Stehekin listings.

EASY HIKES
Agnes Gorge
2.5 miles (4.0 km)
This perfect day hike with excellent views of Agnes Mountain ends with the reward of the deep Agnes Gorge and a spring-time waterfall. Notice the many different plant communities along the way.

Imus Creek Loop
0.8 miles (1.2 km)
This self-guided nature trail features a birds-eye view of Lake Chelan and the lower Stehekin Valley. Borrow an Imus Creek Trail booklet from the box at either end of the trail.

Lakeshore
17.2 miles (27.7 km)
Trail follows the scenic north shore of Lake Chelan. Ideal for early morning and evening walks. Great panoramic view of McGregor Mountain at one mile. Flick Creek at 3.5 miles (5.6 km) or Moore Point at 7 miles (11.2 km) are good day hike destinations. Please respect private homes along trail.

Buckner Orchard Loop
variable length
Take a short forest walk (3/8ths mile) on “Buckner Lane” following the century old irrigation ditch that is still essential to the life of the orchard. To learn the story of the Buckner family, borrow a self-guided tour booklet found at 2 locations in the orchard.

The Historic Buckner Orchard is on the National Register of Historic Places. A commercial orchard from the 1920’s until it was sold to the National Park Service in 1970, it is tangible history of one family’s life in partnership with the land. It is the only orchard producing “Common Delicious” apples in the United States today and is recognized as one of the best maintained historic orchards in the nation.

Stehekin River
4.0 miles (6.4 km)
Trail follows the Stehekin River to Weaver Point. Watch for spring flowers, beaver ponds, woodpeckers and kokanee salmon in the fall. Trail is shaded and relatively level.

Old Wagon Trail
5.2 miles (8.4 km)
Follow signs past Coon Lake to Bridge Creek via the Old Wagon Trail. Evidence of the 2005 Shady Fire and old growth western red cedars are among the highlights. This trail is part of the Pacific Crest Trail heading north to State Route 20 and then to Manning Provincial Park in Canada.

MODERATE HIKES
Agnes Creek

5.5 miles (8.8 km) to Five-mile camp (2,642 miles to Mexico).
As the southbound Pacific Crest Trail, this trail continues for 2,642 miles to the border of Mexico, but also makes a great day hike along the Agnes River to Five-Mile Camp. Enjoy a forested walk with large western red cedars along the way.

Coon Lake
1.3 miles (2.1 km)
Coon Lake is an excellent place for bird watching. Also, watch for views of Agnes Mountain to the southwest. Extend the hike into a loop: watch for a turn-out one mile past Coon Lake that will bring you back to the Stehekin Valley Road.

Rainbow Loop
4.4 miles (7.1 km)
Hike to open bluffs overlooking the scenic Stehekin River Valley and historic Buckner Orchard. Take a break at the bridge over Rainbow Creek at 2.5 miles (4 km).

STRENUOUS HIKES
McGregor Mountain
7.7 miles (12.4 km)
Continue from Coon Lake another steep 6.4 miles (10.2 km) to the summit and sweeping views of the Stehekin and Agnes drainages. Last 0.5 mile is a hand-and-foot scramble up talus and ledges to summit. Check at the Golden West Visitor Center for route information and snow conditions.

Purple Creek
7.5 miles (12.1 km)
Enjoy 57 switchbacks and exceptional views of the valley and Lake Chelan. Hike an additional 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to Boulder Butte for a 360 degree view at 7372’(2247m). Lake Juanita is 0.5 miles (0.8 km) from Purple Pass. No water along trail after first two miles; hot in summer.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Stephen Mather Wilderness comprises 93% of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. About 400 miles of trail provide access to this rugged Wilderness.