North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park

Stehekin River

This road winds through the Stehekin River Valley and provides access to eight campgrounds and trailheads. It can only be accessed by foot, boat or plane, as it lies within the secluded upper river valley enveloped by Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. The Stehekin River Road originates in the small town of Stehekin. This was once a mining supply town for the hard rock mines at the head of the valley. The road was created as a service road to bring the ore out of the mountains. Although not much wealth was produced from these prospects the road remains and serves as an access route to varied recreational pursuits. Shuttle services run up and down the 20-mile stretch of road a few times each day during the late spring, summer and early fall months. During the winter months the road is left snow covered for winter recreation.

North Cascades National Park, 700 Rayovac Drive, Suite 100 , Sedro-Woolley, WA, 98284-9314, Phone: 608-264-5610


Directions from Chelan: Travel northward by boat on Lake Chelan to Stehekin Landing. The road begins in the small community of Stehekin.

Directions from Cascade River Road: Drive southward on Cascade River Road to the road end. Begin hiking the Cascade Pass Trail. The end of Stehekin River Road lies at the end of the Cascade Pass Trail at Cottonwood camping area.