There are many hikes to choose from when staying in the Stehekin Valley, but here at the Ranch, we do have our favorites. The following is the first of 3 articles describing our best suggestions. Today’s feature is on the list of “Easy” hikes in Stehekin. Stay tuned for “Moderate” and “Challenging” suggestions in future posts!
Agnes Gorge – While this is a fairly easy 1/2 day hike, it is hands down my favorite. 2.5 miles of trail takes you through wooded areas, and breaks out into spectacular mountain views. At the end of the trail, you can scramble right down to the creek, and watch it crash over a 30 foot falls into the gorge. Or you can stay up top, and look down at it from high above. You can also see the remains of the old suspension bridge that used to span the gorge – not for the faint of heart!! When you visit the Ranch, you can see a picture showing a pack string of horses crossing that bridge – quite impressive!
Easy 5 miles round-trip with viewpoints.
Coon Lake – This is the beginning of the trail to McGregor Mountain. It is just 1 mile in to get to Coon Lake, which is a beautiful alpine lake. If you continue up the McGregor trail another mile or 2, you will come to some great lookouts with mountain views to the south. You can also choose to return via the wagon trail, which will take you to a trailhead further up the Stehekin Road from where you started. There is very little traffic on this upper end of the road (the buses stop at High Bridge), so you can wander down this very pleasant 1.5 miles of road in peace. You will also cross Tumwater Bridge on this section of road, which is quite spectacular.
Easy 2+ miles (actual mileage depends on route)
Lakeshore Trail – This fun trail takes you back along the lake for a pleasant stroll. You can make this hike as long as you like – the trail continues 17 miles to Prince Creek. There is a nice picnic shelter at Flick Creek (~4 miles), which can make a good lunch/turn around point. For a longer hike, you can go to Moore Point (7 miles) or just wander until you feel like turning around. Don’t forget you have to walk back as far as you walked in!
Easy – as long as you like, with lake views
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