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North Cascades Outpost

Stehekin's one of Washington's more isolated communities, nestled deep in the steep-walled North Cascades at the head of Lake Chelan and only accessible by foot, boat, or floatplane. The lakeshore town offers the perfect springboard for outdoorspeople looking to access the secluded reaches of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park, and the Stephen Mather Wilderness, but there are also easy and accessible day hikes available from here, including the Lakeshore Trail hugging the waterfront and the Buckner Orchard Loop. You may just want to kick back and drink in the astonishing scenery, rising from one of the deepest lakes in America to super-steep 7,000- and 8,000-foot peaks.

Utrip Tips

*Access to Stehekin is limited by either ferrying in on the Lady of Lake or by Floatplane.

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