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Imus Creek Nature Trail

Lake Chelan National Recreation Area

June 27th, 2005

0.8 miles
150 vertical feet
Total Time: 0:35

Rating: 5/10

Directions: From Chelan, Washington, take the ferry to Stehekin. The trail starts near the visitor's center near the dock.   View Driving Map

From the visitor's center near the dock, we took the Imus Creek Nature Trail up the hill. At the trailhead, there's a box of nature guides to go along with the hike, if you're interested.

The forest trail

It was drizzling as we headed up the trail by ourselves. The clouds and mist added a nice feel to the hike, which shortly comes to a footbridge near a small waterfall. There's a side trail to go to the falls, but we didn't bother. We were a little pressed for timing, having to make it back in time for the ferry.

View of Lake Chelan

The trail then goes parallel to the lake, roughly level, with a few views of the lake opening up to the left. This is definitely no wilderness hike, as the road is just down below. We could see construction going on as well. Still, if you've got a half hour or so to spare, it's not a bad way to spend the time.

View of Lake Chelan

The trail eventually veers left and drops onto the road near Purple Point campground. From there, it's a short 5 or 10 minute walk back along the road to the visitor's center (or dock, if that's where you're headed).

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