Going on a trip to Stehekin is like going back in time. The air is crisper here. The cars are rusted and the 75 year round residents are as hard core as their environment. This is a place where one could easily get lost in the wilderness and dream about never being found.
Located on a glacial blue lake, Native Americans named Stehekin “the way through” as the town was long used as a pass through the North Cascades. Today, Stehekin is one of the last stops on the Pacific Crest Trails and hosts visitors that have walked with provisions on their backs all the way from Mexico.
The most remote location in the lower 48 states, Stehekin is a place with no roads in or out. Just getting to this beautiful spot is an adventure-either by boat, plane, horseback or by foot.
There is really only one way to describe our trip to Stehekin: we were BLOWN AWAY. While not untouched, this paradise is everything the West Coast embodies in our dreams. Land locked kokanee salmon were doing their season dance-spawning in cold, clear water. Mama bears shuffled their cubs across the road while we patiently waited for them to pass. Ice cold Lake Chelan beckoned us to jump in and our evenings were topped off with cheap beer on the dock.
I would be lying to say that I was only a little scared of the bears and things that go bump in the night but getting to hang out here all by ourselves in the dark was so worth it. Getting the shot was just a bonus.
The stars above Stehekin shine extra bright. This is one wild place that we at Wild Movements love so much.