Agnes Gorge Trail
This is an easy hike along the west-side cliffs of Agnes Gorge, with beautiful views of looming Agnes Mountain above you. This is a good walk for a day visitor to the Stehekin area.
5 miles RT. Easy. Access: High Bridge (accessible by shuttle bus).
Coon Lake Trail
This hike, the beginning of the McGregor Mountain Trail, leads to a pretty lake created by beavers. Wildlife, especially waterfowl, is plentiful on and around the 15-acre lake. On the far side is a waterfall on Coon Creek. Though forests surround the lake, there are views to the southwest toward Agnes Mountain.
2.5 miles RT. Moderate. Access: High Bridge (accessible by shuttle bus).
At 312 feet high, Rainbow Falls is among the most impressive falls in Washington and a popular destination for day-trippers who visit Stehekin by boat. The falls were created when a glacier scraped out the walls of the Stehekin Valley, leaving Rainbow Creek hanging high above the valley floor. The falls are 3.5 miles from Stehekin Landing by road and make a good day-hike destination if you are staying at the North Cascades Stehekin Lodge; you get there by walking along the road. The lodge also offers a bus tour of the falls (it's open to anyone and timed for the convenience of the day-tripper). Or, if the shuttle bus is running, you can take it to and from the falls or just one-way.
7 miles RT. Easy. Access: Stehekin Landing.
Rainbow Loop Trail
Trails in the Stehekin area tend to be flat valley-bottom hikes or grueling climbs straight up steep walls. This hike makes a good in-between choice. Views of the Stehekin Valley and Lake Chelan are the payoff. Start the hike from the Rainbow Creek trail head, which is accessible from the shuttle bus. From here, climb 1,000 feet in 2.5 miles -- along the way passing a bluff with a view of the valley -- to a bridge over Rainbow Creek. Just before the creek is a trail junction. If you turn left here and hike up this trail .5 mile, you'll have views even more stunning than the ones along the main trail. The creek marks the midpoint of the trail. The lower trail head is 2.5 miles down a steep trail with more great views.
9.2 miles RT. Moderate. Access: Rainbow Creek Upper Trailhead, 5 miles from Stehekin.
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