History of Stehekin
Long ago, Native Americans named it Stehekin – “the way through” – because it was one of few travel routes through the formidable barrier of the North Cascades.
Today, visitors will find a community of 95 people who thrive in the isolation of this beautiful valley. Although there are 15 miles of road in Stehekin, the fact that no roads come into the valley from the outside helps shape the character of this remarkable place and the thoughtful quality of life that its residents share. Most visitors arrive by boat, a few come by air, but a surprising number hike into this remote valley following the same cross-mountain routes used for centuries by the Native Americans.