The bakery was as amazing as I heard it would be. I had a sticky bun (massive), cinnamon roll (heavenly), and a chicken pocket sandwich (tasty but overpriced). In addition to the bakery, the general store sold beer for reasonable prices. I had a pint of Rainier for $1.50. I think that’s the cheapest beer on trail! All in all, Stehekin was a surprisingly great place to get town calories.
The most surprising of all was Lake Chelan. I had no expectations but wow, Lake Chelan was astoundingly gorgeous. As I stood on the edge of the lake and glanced at the flanking mountains, rain clouds rolled in and dropped slow, fat drops of rain. The lake was quiet, as was the lakeside. It sounds silly but I had a really special moment just staring out across the lake. Definitely coming back here.
I got back on trail after taking the last shuttle of the day. I walked the 4.9 miles to the Bridge Creek Campground, a designated campground with quotas and reservations. I knew this heading in, so I made a free reservation at the visitors center in town. Nevertheless, no one else was there but Trademark, I hiker I met in Stehekin, and I didn’t see a ranger.
Tomorrow begins the last push. On my third morning from now I will be walking into Canada.
Main Photo: The docks running into Lake Chelan at Stehekin Landing on September 3.