• 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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  • Diablo Lake To Be Drawn Down Three Feet in Early Oct., Trailer-Launched Boats Affected

    Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs from October 1-15. During the drawdown, boats with trailers will not be able to launch or take boats off the water. Hand-launched vessels will still be able to launch. More »

  • Cascade River Road will be open as normal through fall/winter 2014

    Cascade River Rd. will be open in 2014 until snow conditions make it impassable to vehicles, as normal. The road closure that was planned to begin September 8 has been postponed beyond 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances. More »

  • Lone Mountain Fire - National Park Service Trail Closures

    The Lone Mountain Fire in North Cascades National Park is approximately 5 mi NW of Stehekin in the Boulder Creek drainage. Boulder Creek Trail is closed. 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?

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.