8/10/2016 – Beullers Bluff – Stehekin

Date of Hike: 8/10/2016
Location of Hike: Beullers Bluff Trail
Weather during Hike: Sunny and warm
Hiking Buddies: Carly, Gail, Abby, Raina
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 11:00 AM
Hike Distance: 1.5 miles
Pictures: Link
Hike Map:


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Hike description
This was a very special hike for me. It was very short, but special. It was a hike we did on the last day of visiting Carly while she was working in Stehekin. In addition, most of the family went along for the hike.

The map does not show the entire route – I accidentally forgot to turn on the tracking at the top of the hill, so I missed the very last part of the trail to the top. You can see the bluff to the northwest of the end of the track.

It was supposed to be a short but steep hike up to a small bluff with a great view of the lake and valley. The trail is on private property but Carly had spoken to the land owner and he was OK with her hiking the trail, so we decided to make it a short trip the last morning we were there. We ate breakfast and then rented bikes in Stehekin and headed the mile or so up the road to the trailhead. We headed up the very well maintained trail – while it is not too long, it does get rather steep in spots.

Part way up, we got a hint of the view that was to come:

After huffing and puffing a bit we finally made it to the top. The views were pretty amazing. Looking south over lake Chelan:

Looking north up the Stehekin River valley:

And then, there was Tupshin peak across the valley which loomed even larger:

Up on top of the bluff there was a cool little chair to enjoy the view. Carly and Raina (Carly’s friend who joined up) decided to take advantage:

Old cabin remains:

And some sort of weird water trough or something:

Where I found this interesting guy hanging out:

After enjoying the view for a bit, we headed back down hill to our bikes. We rode up to the bakery to get some lunch for our ferry ride home and then headed back to Stehekin.

This was a great way to cap off a nice visit with Carly. Stehekin is a beautiful area to explore.

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