Mountain bikes or cross bikes are amongst the finest approaches to get about if you will be going to and staying in Stehekin. From the ferry landing at the finish of Lake Chelan, there are about 15 miles of road taking you up the Stehekin River into the Cascades. The road is enjoyable to ride in and of itself, but you can also combine a ride with a single of the hikes leaving from the road. The scenery is stunning and the riding is really flat. The following segments of road are listed in order as you ride upstream from Lake Chelan.
Landing to Harlequin Bridge (paved)
four.five miles — a single way (about 40 minutes)
This is a leisurely road on pavement that requires you previous the Stehekin Air Strip, Buckner Orchard, Rainbow Falls, the a single-area college property/museum, and the bakery. The ride has a handful of undulations but is pretty gentle all round.
Harlequin to Higher Bridge (dirt road)
six.five miles –one way (about 1 hour)
The paved section of the road ends at Harlequin Bridge and upstream of right here you will be on a very good dir road. You can ride to Higher Bridge or you can catch the shuttle bus which has a bike rack. For the most portion the road parallels the Stehekin River and the scenery gets superior and superior as you go. Higher Bridge is an old bridge spanning a gorge above the Stehekin River and this is a very good location to take a break and have lunch. There’s a Guard Station and an outhouse right here. A quick hike to Coon Lake (about 1.25 miles, a single way) leaves from right here, as does the lengthy, steep hike up McGregor Mountain (7 miles, a single way). If you are going to go up McGregor, see our hiking information and our map make positive to quit in the Visitor Center to get any updated data about the route. Lastly from Higher Bridge you can hike southwest on the Pacific Crest Trail up the Agnes Creek Drainage for as lengthy as time and power permits.
Higher Bridge to Carwash Falls (dirt road)
2 miles – a single way
You can hold riding beyond Higher Bridge a different 2 miles to “Carwash Falls” which is identified at the mouth of McGregor Creek. The Stehekin River Road made use of to pass beside the base of the falls, but autumn floods in 2003 destroyed this section of road and now the falls drops proper into the river right here. This marks the finish of the driveable portion of the road. Most men and women who carry on up valley from right here leave the bike behind and stroll up to Bridge Creek through the Pacific Crest Trail. The Pacific Creek Trail continues north by the washed out road up to Bridge Creek. From right here there are numerous hiking possibilities that can only be accessed on foot.
Supply: http://www.stehekinlanding.com/index.php?web page_id=216
Mountain Bike Rentals are obtainable from Discovery Bikes. Go to their web page at www.stehekindiscoverybikes.com for existing prices and information. $four/hour or $25/day (in 2010)
Bring your Personal Bike: You can bring your personal bike with you on the Lady of the Lake boats, the price is $24 round-trip (in 2009).
There’s a very good galley of pictures of hiking in the Stehekin location at:
Maps. See our topo map of the Stehekin Location.
Also see this National Parks schematic map (push the map button) at this hyperlink:
Leave It Much better than You Located It. This ought to be just about every user’s purpose. Choose up trash left by other folks, pull noxious weeds along your route, throw branches more than undesirable spur trails, and so forth.
Disclaimer. Treat this data as suggestions, not gospel. Situations adjust and these contributing these reports are volunteers–they may well make blunders or not know all the concerns affecting a route. You are accountable for oneself, your actions, and your security. If you will not accept that duty, you are prohibited from utilizing our data.