Up valley from Stehekin Landing is a beautiful 312-foot waterfall. Spring is the best time of year to see the falls. During the thaw from April to June the water flows like liquid thunder, misting its visitors. Winter visitors occasionally enjoy the crystal blue ice of a frozen waterfall.
A new ADA accessible trail was built in 2011, and offers views for visitors in a wheelchair. A second viewpoint was also constructed at a location higher up the falls, and there is now a better experience for everyone visiting the falls. The bus used on the Rainbow Falls tour is ADA accessible as are all of the shuttle buses.
Cradled in one of the deepest gorges in North America, Lake Chelan begins deep in the heart of the North Cascades and extends 50.5 miles into the desert of North Central Washington, offering a spectacular contrast in geography and topography. Air tours are a photographer’s paradise.
Tour packages are available and include flying up the Stehekin Valley to Cascade Pass and Trapper Lake in the heart of the North Cascades and views of Rainbow Falls from the air. Flightseeing tours are arranged on an individual basis.
Stop in at the National Park’s Golden West Visitor Center for a bicycle map of Stehekin and a self-guided bicycle/ walking tour to many Stehekin points of interest including the Pastry Company, Stehekin’s One Room Schoolhouse, Rainbow Falls and Historic Buckner Orchard.
Complimentary bikes for guests at the Silver Bay Inn Resort or rent a bike at Discovery Bikes.
Daily guided horseback rides are offered at the Stehekin Valley Ranch. 2 1/2 hour round trip ride from the Ranch to Coon Lake on gentle trail wise horses.
Kayaking and paddleboards are available for guests at the Silver Bay Inn Resort.
Offered every morning, mid-June through mid-September, the tour takes you on a scenic paddle over old Stehekin and the site of the “Field Hotel” as you travel on to see the native pictographs along the western lakeshore.
For more information, visit the Stehekin Valley Ranch.