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Lake Chelan/Vancouver Island Trip

Day 3 of 13

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Saturday, June 25th
Stehekin Pastry Shop; Rainbow Loop hike

After breakfast, we took the 11:15am shuttle up the Stehekin Valley Road. Stehekin has the distinction of being the only town in the mainland state of Washington that you can't reach by car. While there are no roads to Stehekin, there are roads in Stehekin; the main road travels about 9 miles up alongside the Stehekin River. A flood in 2003 washed out portions of the road, so it stopped at the Stehekin Valley Ranch while we were there. There are plans to make the road passable beyond that again, however. The road (when passable) reaches the southern edge of North Cascades National Park.

The bus driver was very friendly. He stopped at the pastry shop (about 2 miles up the road) for a few minutes, and encouraged us to go in and try it out. Everything there is excellent. You'll find the usual pastries (donuts, scones, etc.), along with cookies, ice cream, soups, salads, and sandwiches. It's a great place to stop before or after a hike (we would do both).

After our morning snack, we went on a hike on the Rainbow Loop Trail.


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