Chelan, Washington

Top Spots in and near Chelan

  • Leavenworth, Washington

    Winter Camping in Leavenworth

    It's an easy day hike to the Ridge of only 2.5 miles. On the ridge you can relax and enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains and a view of Leavenworth. I went into the Rangers office to ask for a good spot to take night time photos and this is one of the areas they suggested. Make sure you ge...
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  • Twisp, Washington

    Backpack to West Oval Lake

    14 mi / 4100 ft gain
    The trail to West Oval Lake begins at the Eagle Creek Trailhead, outside of Twisp, Washington. Follow the Eagle Creek trail for 1.9 miles until the trail splits. Take the left fork for Oval Creek and Oval Lakes. The trail continues winding through thick forest for approximately 4 more miles befor...
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    Backpack to Ingalls Creek

    3.0
    11 mi / 1450 ft gain
    As attempting to find a good overnight spot, I stumbled upon the mostly overlooked Ingalls Creek trail. Seemingly easy to get to, this seemed like a solid option for Spring camping. When we arrived, there were about four other cars in the parking lot, and my guess is that was about how many cars ...
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    Hike Fourth of July Creek to Icicle Ridge

    12 mi / 4800 ft gain
    Most adventurers travel down Icicle Creek Road to visit Colchuck Lake and the Enchantment Basin.  But, if you're looking for an adventure for a cool summer morning without the crowds, continue past the Colchuck/Stuart forest road and explore this trail!  Expansive views of the entire Stuart range...
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  • Winthrop, Washington

    Pipestone Canyon Rim Trail Loop

    8.77 mi / 1437 ft gain
    The Methow Valley in north-central Washington is magical for myriad reasons—the dry powder and bluebird days of winter, the hot high-desert days of summer, stunning views of the North Cascades Mountains to the west; the list goes on and on.  Adding to its mystique is the little-known Pipestone Ca...
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    Spider Meadow Trail

    14.13 mi / 2923 ft gain
    Spider Meadow Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Stehekin, Washington.
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    Spider Gap to Buck Creek Pass

    5.0
    34.4 mi / 8317 ft gain
    Backpacking the Spider Gap to Buck Creek Pass Loop in the Glacier Peak Wilderness is no easy task, but yields some of the most spectacular views found in Washington. Plan for at least four days in order to stay fresh and to allow for extra time to soak in the Cascadian beauty that assaults your ...
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    Hiking the Lyman Lakes

    5.0
    21 mi / 2775 ft gain
    Start out on the Phelps Creek Trail and hike in 6.5 miles to reach the head of Spider Meadows. Continue on up the trail to the the base of the Spider Snowfield around 6200 feet for even better views of the entire Phelps Basin. Follow the trail up the snowfield for .5 miles to the top of Spider Ga...
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    Carne Mountain

    7.4 mi / 3599 ft gain
    Drive USFS Road 62 for 23 miles from Lake Wenatchee (turn left at Cole's Corner off of Highway 2 towards Lake Wenatchee). Turn right on USFS Road 6211 for ~2.5 miles to the end at the Phelps Creek Trailhead. Begin to hike the Phelps Creek Trail but in 1/4-1/2 a mile, take a right on the Carne Mo...
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    Backpack to Ice Lakes Basin

    20 mi / 7600 ft gain
    Begin your adventure at the Phelps Creek Trailhead, roughly a 4 hour drive from Seattle. Make sure your car has good clearance and traction because the last section of the forest service road gets a little rough.  Only a few minutes after starting down the trail, you will reach a split that head...
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  • Electric City, Washington

    Steamboat Rock

    5.0
    4.12 mi / 1017 ft gain
    Steamboat Rock is a 600 acre basalt butte that rises 800 feet out of Banks Lake. The butte was carved out of the surrounding rock during the Great Missoula Floods. From atop the rock, take in the 360 degree views, appreciate the immensity of the floods and what has been left behind for us to enjo...
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    Scramble Fortress Mountain

    5.0
    22 mi / 6000 ft gain
    The Approach Starting at the Trinity trailhead you'll hike the Buck Creek Trail towards Buck Creek Pass. The trail is fairly obvious once the snows have melted but if you are going early season (June-early July) you will definitely want to bring a GPS.  The trail works it's way up the valley alon...
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    Backpack to Lake Caroline in the Enchantments

    5.75 mi / 3100 ft gain
    From Leavenworth, WA head down Icicle Creek road and head to the Eightmile Lake Trailhead.The backpack starts at roughly 3270 feet of elevation and the highest point of the hike is 6300 feet. To start you will hike through a very beautiful and forested area for a while before getting into a burn ...
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    Eightmile Lake

    4.0
    6.76 mi / 1496 ft gain
    Beginning at the trailhead, fill out a self-issued permit allowing you to stay overnight. Start your trek heading upwards at an elevation of 3300 feet. As you become adapted to the trail, you will start to realize it is maintained and well groomed. In addition, The 1300 feet of elevation gained t...
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    Climb Cashmere Mountain

    4.0
    17 mi / 5700 ft gain
    To get to Cashmere Mountain, drive east towards Leavenworth on Highway 2 and turn right on Icicle Creek Road. After 8.5 miles, turn left onto Eightmile Road for 3 miles, and park at the Eightmile Lake trailhead. The hike begins at Eightmile Lake Trail. After 2.8 miles, just past Little Eightmile ...
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  • Electric City, Washington

    Deep Water Solo at Banks Lake

    No grades, no crowds, tons of rock. Banks Lake is a little-trafficked & underrated climbing destination overall, but the deep water solo climbs rimming the lake shores are what provide a truly unique experience. Within the seemingly endless slab walls of granite rising out of the water are se...
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