March 16, 2010 – Stehekin Valley

Stehekin Valley

Stehekin Valley, North Cascades National Park

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This is pretty similar to another picture I posted awhile back, but trust me, it’s not quite the same picture. It’s taken with different exposure settings, and it’s framed a little differently. This is how I roll. I can usually do a pretty good job of tossing out all the really crappy shots, but when it gets down to a few shots that are all technically decent enough, I have a really hard time picking the one that’s my favorite and sticking with it. It always comes down to liking one part of the first picture that’s not in the second, and one part of the second one that’s not in the first. And then it becomes like trying to pick which of your children is your favorite (and which one should be tossed out). Not an easy call. So I generally avoid the decision by just tossing them all online and moving on with my life. That’s what happened here.

This is the Stehekin Valley in North Cascades National Park. This was several miles past Cascade Pass on the (duh) Cascade Pass trail. We hiked in over the pass, then stayed for the night at a campground that was … well, just about where I was standing when I took this. This was the view at sunrise the next morning. If you go down that valley far enough, you’ll eventually reach Stehekin, which is a really small settlement at the far end of Lake Chelan. (Which is a super long (like 60 miles!) and narrow lake that cuts from the eastern slope of the Cascades into the heart of the range.) It’s only accessible by boat (or hiking), and I have never been there. It would have been a few more days walking from here to get there, and sadly my understanding is that the most interesting part of the hike was already behind me. We were just out for a quick out and back though, so this is as close to Stehekin as we got. Cascade Pass is a great hike though, even for just a day hike, up to the pass and back. Getting to the trailhead takes forever though, so leave early. (Or leave the night before and do some car camping.) Good times, good times.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 28-300 mm lens. 1/500s, f/7.1, ISO 400. Focal length: 28mm.

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  1. avatar
    dana March 17, 2010

    could you please give me some more details where this place actually is specifically\?
    are there also cabins or is it just camping?

    • avatar
      Dave March 17, 2010

      Sure. The trail is on the southwest side of North Cascades National Park. There’s a 20 or 30 mile forest road (paved most of the way) that goes straight east out of Marblemount and dead-ends at the trailhead. There are cabins and several car-camping campgrounds in and around Marblemount and along that road.

      The actual campground I was at was I think called Basin Creek, although there are a few other choices too. They’re all backpack-in sites, and you need to get a permit ahead of time at the ranger station in Marblemount. Here’s some good info about the trail on the national park’s website:

  2. avatar
    Sara March 17, 2010

    I think you mean sunrise?

    • avatar
      Dave March 17, 2010

      Hah. Yes, I meant sunrise. Thanks for finding that. :) I just updated the post to fix that.

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