The southern exposure portions of this trail were open and hikeable as of early this week.

Access: The trailhead is located at Prince Creek Campground on Lake Chelan, approximately 36 miles uplake by boat from the town of Chelan. There is no road access. Hikers can book a round-trip passage on the Lady of the Lake from Field's Point Landing or access the trailhead by private boat or float plane. Hikers can catch the commercial boat for the return trip at trail's end in Stehekin.

Fees: There is no fee for trailhead parking. Check with the Lake Chelan Boat Company (682-4584 or ladyofthelake.com) for current schedules and rates.

Length: Eighteen miles one-way from Prince Creek to Stehekin. Trail maintenance will occur sometime in the spring, so winter debris may remain on the trail.

Uses allowed: Hiking, horseback riding

Not allowed: Mountain bicycles and motorized use

Elevation gain: The trail begins and ends at lake level -- about 1,100 feet elevation. In between, a gain of 500 feet elevation is the most visitors will experience.

What you will see: Hikers taking an early spring outing along this trail may find downed trees, and possibly rockfalls and washouts. The trail's southern exposure offers sunlight for visitors during much of the day, and it is traditionally the first trail to melt out on the Chelan Ranger District each season. Views of the higher mountain peaks are outstanding. The trip to Stehekin will take about two and a half days. Campsites are located at Cascade Creek, Meadow Creek Shelter, Moore Point and Flick Creek. Near Moore Point, piles of stones can be seen. They are the remains of stone fences built to enclose pastures that were once prominent on the landscape here.

Information: Chelan Ranger District, 428 W. Woodin Ave., Chelan, 682-2576.