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Lake Chelan National Recreation Area: Coon Lake

Climb above the Stehekin River Valley, passing rugged cliffs and bird’s-eye views, to a remote mountain lake at the foot of McGregor Mountain.

Rating

Located in the North Cascades, this 3.8-miler travels across remote landscapes accessible only by boat or plane. After a scenic, 50-mile boat ride to Stehekin, ride the Stehekin Shuttle to the High Bridge stop. From here, it’s a 1.3-mile walk up Stehekin Valley Road to the trailhead on the north side of the road.
The first part of the hike winds across the valley floor on glacial moraine (deposited by the retreating North Cascades Glacier). After half a mile, the climb to Coon Lake begins. Turn left at the 3-way junction, and ascend through lush forest. In 0.3 mile, the forest transitions to talus-covered slopes bordered by cliffs—look southeast for views up the Stehekin River Valley. At mile 1.2, the route joins the Pacific Crest Trail and travels north for the remaining 0.7 mile to Coon Lake. Massive ponderosas dot one shoreline of this tear-dropped shaped lake, and silver snags from an old burn cover the south and west ends of the lake. Drop the packs and grab a snack before backtracking to the trailhead.
Info: Lady of the Lake and Stehekin Shuttle
-Mapped by Alan Bauer, Alan Bauer Photography

To Trailhead

From Chelan, WA, take the Lady of the Lake to Stehekin, WA. From the boat landing, take the Stehekin Shuttle up Stehekin Valley Road to High Bridge. Walk east on Stehekin Valley Road for 1.3 miles to the trailhead on north side of road.

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