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Old 08-29-13, 10:37 AM   #1
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Exploring Stehekin on a hybrid bike

I spent last week on vacation; I hiked 35 miles from the Cascade Pass trailhead to Stehekin. I planned for it to take most of a week, but finished the hike in 3 days, which gave me time to explore my destination. Part of how I did that was by bike.

Renting a bike in Stehekin feels a little crazy after living in Seattle, they're very nonchalant about it. You don't need an ID (mine was in my car, I didn't want to lose it) or a deposit. You're supposed to lean your bike against a tree when you're not using it, leave it behind and out of sight, and not worry. They said they've been in business for 30 years, and never lost a bike. It cost $15 to rent one for half a day.





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Here are some other photos from the trip.











I spent a night in the Lodge at Stehekin. My last hiking day was 15 miles, with a too-heavy pack, and my legs were a bit stiff. So I soaked them in the cold lake water, then in a hot bath.



Otherwise I stayed at Purple Point. Wandered around and did some stargazing.







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Great pics as always, SF. That is one beautiful area. Thanks for sharing them.
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If for no other reason than to get to the bakery and back, renting a bike is a must in Stehekin.
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Does anyone know if you can take a bike on the Lady of the Lake? I'm thinking of heading back to Stehekin at some point, probably hiking in from Rainy Pass. Ideally I'll be able to talk some friends into taking the ferry and meeting me in town...
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The web page says that bikes are $27 (round trip) and that you need to reserve space.

Great photos, by the way. I was at Cascade Pass this weekend (on the way up Sahale Peak) and the views were outstanding.
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Beautiful photos of an area I've had my eye on for some time! And you timed it right, judging by this NPS Bulletin:

Sedro Woolley, WA – September 4, 2013 – A large and powerful storm cell triggered a massive mud and rock slide in the community of Stehekin Thursday night. Many vehicles in the long term parking area and at the mouth of Imus Creek were buried. Businesses affected were Discovery Bikes and Stehekin Reservations and Fly Fishing Shop. Most of the bicycles were damaged or washed into Lake Chelan and the log cabin office for fly fishing and reservations was surrounded by mud and rocks.

I wish these businesses well - that's a tough break.

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Wow! You are right. How unfortunate for those business and car owners.
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Does anyone know if you can take a bike on the Lady of the Lake? I'm thinking of heading back to Stehekin at some point, probably hiking in from Rainy Pass. Ideally I'll be able to talk some friends into taking the ferry and meeting me in town...
It's several months after you posted this, but yes, you can take bikes on the Lady of the Lake. We took our bikes, I can't remember if we had to pay extra or if it was included in our fare. Our trip was in May about 4 years ago, not a big tourist time frame so there was plenty of room for the bikes. We asked when we bought the tickets and she told us there would be a place for them to be secured. It was fun. When we rode past the bike rental place they eyed us pretty good as we sailed on by. Funny! By the way, your pics are beautiful and very reminiscent for me, thanks for sharing them. What a gorgeous place to visit, the bakery is a must do, and so sad to hear that there was a mudslide affecting the community. I just loved that place, bought art cards (handmade greeting cards) at the shop. A very enjoyable time...thanks for the beautiful reminder!
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How am I just seeing tis? Forrest, this brings back memerories. I worked a summer in Stehekin (or SteHeinekin as the other summer workers called it) back in 93? 94? It was gorgeous. I hiked when I wasn't working. The water was COLD but in August it was perfect. I have thought I would like to go back there as a guest sometime. Thanks for posting this!
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