A group of seven intrepid CTers decided to go down to beautiful Lake Chelan (Washington) to do the 17 miles Chelan Lakeshore trail. Here is the tick (euh trip
Special guest star Bishop & friend:
Six of us drove down to Chelan State Park on the Thursday night to car camp. On the way down, our car stopped in Bellingham to pick up Shadee's new tent, as well as a few Green Trails maps:
We met the other car late at night at the state park. We then set up camp in the dark.
The following morning we awoke to wonderful weather. Here is our camp:
After packing everything for the trip, we drove to Fields Point landing to take the ferry (Lady Express) that would bring us to the trailhead. Some pictures while waiting for the ferry:
The ferry approaching:
On the ferry we met special guest Bishop who left Vancouver at 2am [|)] on the Friday morning to be able to join us.
The ferry ride is really enjoyable all the way, with wonderful scenery all around:
Shadee is enjoying the ride:
The ferry dropped us around noon at Prince Creek, which is where the trailhead is located:
After applying some bug repellent to scare the ticks away, we were ready to hit the trail:
Just a few moments later we spotted a few deer wandering around:
The trail took us through all kind of beautiful terrain:
There was a huge rock looking like one the face on Easter Island (strange coincidence...)
More scenic views:
We also spotted some eagles:
The last stretch before arriving near Moore Point, which would be our campsite for two nights:
The Moore Point campground was closed due to potential flood resulting from a forest fire in the area in 2001. That is too bad because it really is a great spot. But there was still people using this campsite...
We instead used the alternate campsite, which was a wide opened grassy space. It took us approximately 6 hours from Prince Creek to this campground at a leisure pace.
The campsite was located at a junction between the Lakeshore trail and the Fish Creek trail. The Fish Creek trail heads into the mountains and offers some possibilities for a day hike. On the second day we left the camp a little before noon (we were very slow getting up and preparing everything... [|)]) We decided to head up to Round Lake behind Round mountain. It was a nice day hike with decent views, and a huge creek crossing. We had lunch at the lake and then came down the trail and went to explore Moore Point and soak our hurting feet into the glacial water of the lake.
Lunch at Round Lake:
Back at camp at night we had a nice little fire:
Oriana couldn't sleep with all the Lavalife talking going on around the fire: [}
On the last morning we woke up with amazing views: [8D]
We packed everything pretty early and hit the trail around 8am. We arrived at Hunts Bluff where the views were really nice:
Once passed Hunts Bluff the trail gently goes up and down up to Stehekin:
We arrived in Stehekin around noon. Stehekin is a little village that can only be reached by boat. Burgers and beer were appreciated after such a hike:
And then back on the ferry to return to our cars:
The girls showing off their wounded feet:
What's going on under there: [?][
Goodbye beautiful lake Chelan:
Thanks to all of you for coming on this trip. Your company was really enjoyable, and I really had an awesome time!
Let's do this again soon!
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