Hiking in Lake Chelan
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Chelan Ranger District.
The Chelan Ranger District contains 422,000 acres surrounding the middle and upper lake reaches of Lake Chelan. Fourteen major trailheads provide starting points for 250 miles of maintained summer trails. Trails in the back-country include over 60 miles of varied terrain north and south of Lake Chelan. These trails are open to motorcycles, horses, mountain bikers and hikers. The remaining 190 miles of summer trails are non-motorized.
Within the Glacier Peak and Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness Areas, trails are open to hikers and most sections are also open to horses and similar stock animals. Within the Glacier Peak Wilderness the group size for hiking, riding and camping is limited to 12 heartbeats, including stock animals. Echo Ridge Summer TrailsWithin the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness the group size is limited to 12 people and up to 18 head of stock. Trail opportunities are many. They range from short day hikes near Chelan, Lucerne Landing and Holden Village areas, to overnight trips across the high elevation Summit Trail with its pristine alpine lakes and cirques sprinkled over the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Mountain Range.
The Pacific Crest Trail travels down the Agnes Creek Trail’s old growth alley and also serves as the connection between the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and the North Cascades National Park’s Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Motorcycle enthusiasts love both riding to the high alpine lakes to the north of the lake, and the exciting terrain of the Devil’s Backbone Trail.
For more information on finding the right trail for your next adventure, contact the Chelan Ranger District.