Food Options:

Stehekin Pastry Co. or The Bakery: Local hangout,great bakery items, soups, salads, sandwiches, home-made pies, etc. Contact Roberta Courtney for Wedding Receptions, Parties, special occasion cakes, etc.

North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin: Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner during summer months. Outdoor dining on the deck often available.  Take in the views of mountains and lake while enjoying your meal.

The Ranch: Approx. 9 miles from the Landing, has limited seating for dinners and picks guests up at the Landing, takes them up the valley for dinner and returns guests to the Landing. Discovery Bikes seasonally offer Breakfast Rides (take you and your bike to the Ranch for a big breakfast and then ride your bike down the valley).

The Garden: Organic vegetables picked daily, freshly made goat cheese and organic fruit are all available on an in-season basis.   Ring the bell and walk down the flowered path to purchase your selection.  Karl Gaskill, the gardener, has been tending this organic garden for many years. 

 

Guided Activities

Day Horseback Riding: Usually a morning and afternoon 2 1/2 hr. ride to Coon Lake. Take shuttle bus to the Ranch where rides begin. Let the horses do the work and take in the scenery. www.cascadecorrals.com

Kayak Tours & boating: The Silver Bay Inn and the Stehekin Valley Ranch both offer kayak tours of the wetlands, and to the Indian Pictographs. Kayaks available by the hour at The Silver Bay Inn. Canoes, kayaks and small boat rentals available at the Landing. www.silverbayinn.com and www.stehekin.biz

Rainbow Falls Tour: Buses leave the Landing shortly after the Lady of the Lake boat arrives. Approx. 45 min. narrated tour. Tickets available upon arrival at Stehekin.

Across from Rainbow Falls is the Buckner Orchard & Old Stehekin School. The National Park Services seasonally offers walking tours. www.bucknerhomestead.org

River Rafting: Contact Stehekin Valley Ranch. Mostly a fun float down the Stehekin River with a couple of good bumps...wetsuits available. 1-800-536-0745 or www.stehekinoutfitters.com  1-800-536-0745

Stehekin Fishing Adventures:  Guided fly fishing... in the pristine waters of Stehekin for lake, stream and mountain fishing, instruction, equipment and outstanding fishing experiences ...come enjoy the great outdoors and fun of fishing. www.StehekinFishingAdventures.com  or email Johnwilsey@hughes.net.  John Wilsey, Box 5, StehekinWA. 98852.

Exploring The Valley On Your Own:

Mountain Biking:

Discovery Bikes will fit you for your bike, provide helmets and a map. They are located about 600ft from the Landing. Stehekin is a biker friendly community...sharing the road with bikers and walkers. The valley is a gradual uphill ride (5 miles from the Landing to Harlequin Bridge is paved and then the road becomes gravel). The Ranch is about 10 miles from the Landing and High Bridge (where the National Park Begins) is a steep uphill 2 miles from the Ranch. Be on the lookout for wildlife on your exploring. www.stehekindiscoverybikes.com

  • 1.5 miles to the Bakery
  • 3.0 miles to Rainbow Falls (Buckner Orchard across from the Falls and down the Buckner Lane)
  • 5.0 Harlequin Bridge
  • 10 miles to The Ranch
  • 12 miles to High Bridge

Shuttle bus: Usually the shuttle bus offers transportation from the Landing to High Bridge about 4 round-trips a day and offers a $2 trip to the Bakery. The Shuttle bus will drop visitors off at any trailhead on destination on its way.  Bring cash for the Shuttle Bus, usually about $5 each way to High Bridge.  Bus Schedule

Hiking:

It is advisable to take water and a friend when hiking and check with the Visitor Information center for trail conditions and wildlife sightings. These trails begin from the Landing: the Lakeshore Trail (easy; Purple Pass Trail (moderate to difficult); Imus loop around the Landing(good boat time trail).

  • Mile 2 up the valley just past the Bakery: Rainbow Loop Trail (moderate)
  • Mile 5 at Harlequin Bridge: Stehekin River Trail (easy)
  • Mile 9 just above The Ranch: Boullion Loop Trail to Coon Lake
  • Mile 11 at High Bridge: McGregor Mountain (difficult); Agnus Creek (moderate); Agnus Gorge (easy)

Link to the Stehekin Guidebook or the www.nps.gov/noca for in depth hiking information. Many more hikes exist in the upper reaches of this park.  Trail reports can be found at www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit.

Fishing:

 Enjoys some of the most scenic and rewarding fishing in the State.  The headwaters of Lake Chelan and the crystal clear mountain streams offer Rainbow and Cutthroat trout in the Spring and Landlocked Chinook and Sockey Salmon in the Fall.  Check regulations  for fishing guidelines in the area. www.wdfw.wa.gov/fishing

Bird Watching:

 Every season has its thrill of catching a Great Blue Heron fishing, a Bald Eagle soaring, Osprey diving, owls, waterfowl, and often the rare spotting that brings joy.  In the Spring, the young are fun to watch, in the summer the haunting call of the Loon, in the Fall, the owls and woodpeckers and so much more.  Stehekin Valley abounds with wildlife in every season.

Not to be Missed:


The Garden:  A stop not to be missed in your exploration of the valley.  Glorious flowers, healthy organic vegetables for sale as well as goat cheese and organic fruit.   www.stehekingarden.com

National Parks Service Interpretive Tours & Activities:  Historic tours, bird watching, evening programs, children's activities and special events. www.nps.gov/noca

SHOPPING:


Golden West Gift Shop & Art Gallery:
Rotating art gallery shows every 4 weeks and great maps, books stuffed animals, cards and nature items.

Don Pitts Windsor Chairs & Wooden Bowls
Available at the Craft Shop or by appt. at his workshop

House That Jack Built Stehekin Co-op Craft Shop
Open seasonally during boat time. Person on duty usually well versed in the valley & its residents.

Silver Bay Inn Resort Gift Shop 1.5 miles from the Landing
Specializes in antique apple labels, jewelry, clothes, cards, and stuffed animals.

North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin 
Convenience grocery store & gift items. Clothing, books, post cards, novelty items and some outdoor gear.

Stehekin Valley Ranch Gift Shop
Lots of distinctive Stehekin items including mugs, stuffed animals, clothes, outdoor camping items, books, Sisters' quilts, etc.

Stehekin Pastry Company
the Bakery has T-shirts, jewelry, books, etc.