Spring arrives and the backpack beckons! This year we opted to do the Lake Chelan trail and thankfully had 6 days which made it perfect! The weather was incredible...I won't say too hot because how can you complain about blue skies for a week but I think it was almost 30 degrees every day!
We drove from the North Okanagan to Lake Chelan Sate Park on May 5 and enjoyed a beautiful evening at our lakeside campspot. The next morning we headed to Field's Point Landing for our 0945 Lady of the Lake cruise to Prince Creek dropoff. The boatride is incredibly scenic and is only $40.50 return for the trip.
We spent about 5 hours enjoying spectacular views and flowers ( and of course 1 rattlesnake) before reaching Cascade Creek camp, a lovely lakeside spot about 10 km along the trail.
The next day, we only planned on packing for 8 km. to Moore Point, a popular lakeside camp along the trail. The day was again very warm so it was nice to have time to explore the old orchards and stone wall remnants at Moore Point. ( And of course another rattlesnake) The abundant ticks also started making their appearance though actual "bites" didn't occur until the next day, despite tick vigilance! The views were again outstanding as on this trail, the lake and surrounding mountains are always visible!
Our last day of backpacking was about 12 km. to the village of Stehekin and again the trail headed up onto highpoints as well as along the lakeside. After a tick "surgical removal" at a lovely stop called Flick Creek we arrived in Stehekin a few hours later. Again views and many flowers including dogwood trees in full bloom stayed with us...this is an absolutley beautiful trail in the spring! We camped at Purple Point after visiting the info center and obtaining a free permit. Showers, flush toilets and a little restaurant selling cold beer...perfect!!! An evening stroll on a little nature trail and the Imus trail, complete with viewpoints over town, finished our day!
Our last day was a perfect chance to explore Stehekin, a beautiful little boat-only village. A paved road leads up the valley ( with cars insured over 10 years ago!) and a summer shuttle runs up towards trailheads to the mountains( another "to-do area" to add to the list) We headed up the road to explore the old Stehekin school, the Buckner orchard (still operated by the park) and the HUGE Rainbow falls!
We boarded to boat for the return trip at 2:00p.m. and enjoyed another lovely cruise! We again spent to the night at the State Park, this time adding an actual swim...amazing for early May! Another great trip to a wonderful area!!!