Exploring northern Lake Chelan

Ever since my first visit to Stehekin (the town on the north end of Lake Chelan), I’ve been wanting to explore the remote campsites along the lake. Luckily, I have family members who own boats, and said family members sometimes take us out on their boats.

Back in May, we took a quick weekend trip over to Chelan. One day, we explored the entire lake by boat. We launched the boat in the town of Chelan, and we drove it all the way up to Stehekin.

Along the way, we stopped at a few of the remote campgrounds. There were not any campers yet, so we had the places to ourselves.

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Safety Harbor campground

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Prince Creek campground

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The final stop for the day was Stehekin. We had a delicious lunch at the lodge. Unfortunately, the Stehekin Pastry Company was still closed for the season.

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Lake Chelan is probably my favorite lake in the state. I love how beautiful it gets as you travel north. I’d like to camp at one of the many northern campgrounds sometime.  Below is a list of the campgrounds in the national park.

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For more information on camping at Lake Chelan, go to the national park service website here.

West Fork Methow River Trail

See part 1 of my camping trip to the Methow Valley.

On day 2 of our weekend trip, we woke up and drove out to the trail head for the West Fork Methow River Trail. This is a 16 mile trail that follows the West Fork of the Methow River that connects to the Pacific Crest Trail.

We started along the trail, and came across a log bridge.  My husband has crossed logs as a hiker along the Wonderland Trail, but it was our first time crossing it with a bike. We talked for several minutes trying to figure out the best method for crossing it. Finally we determined this would be the best way.

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(Side note: We saw a couple on the way back that flipped their bikes up and pushed them on one wheel. That way seemed more efficient.)

The trail was gorgeous. There is evidence from a wildfire not too long ago, but the brush has started to grow back. We didn’t do the whole trail, but enjoyed the portion that we did. It would be a nice trail for hiking too. I think next time we might consider camping at one of the national park campgrounds in the area.

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Related links:

Methow Valley Sport Trails Association